Split Rock Lighthouse and Keeper’s House

December 18, 2012 by

Split Rock Lighthouse

The Split Rock Lighthouse is a historic landmark build on the shores of Lake Superior in 1910. It closed in 1959, and today is a popular destination in Minnesota for lighthouse enthusiasts, those who enjoy history, as well as for those visiting the adjacent Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

The park is open year round and features plenty of outdoor fun.

Split Rock Lighthouse Keepers Office

Split Rock Lighthouse Keepers Office

Tour Split Rock Lighthouse and Keepers House

Take a guided tour through the light station with a guide dressed in period costumes. Tickets are available at the visitor’s center with tours leaving the center at the top of the hour.

If you don’t want a guided tour, you can choose to climb the stairs to the lighthouse on your own, but guides offer a unique perspective that shines a light on what life was like in the early 1920s as they take guests through the keeper’s home.

In all, four historic buildings are open to the public.

  • Lighthouse
  • Keepers house (restored)
  • Oil house
  • Fog signal building

Other Exhibits and Interactive Fun

An exhibit area presents display of historic artifacts and information along with history of the North Shore and Lake Superior shipping. Interactive exhibits are ideal for both kids and adults and provide a hands-on opportunity about how lighthouses work.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse

Open Year Round

The lighthouse is opened year round. There’s no admission charged for visiting the Visitor Center, Museum Store, and grounds, but a State Park vehicle permit is required. They are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Trails for Snowshoeing and Skiing

While you’re there, take advantage of the trails in the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park surrounding the lighthouse, even during the winter months. The park features 14 miles of hiking, biking, snowshoe and cross-country ski trails that take guests along the lakeshore and through the northern forest.

The Split Rock Lighthouse and state park offer multifaceted fun indoors and outdoors. In the fall, the display of fall colors is breathtaking, and during the summer, guests can enjoy kayaking on Lake Superior, picnicking, camping, hiking and more.

Whatever time of year you decide to visit, don’t forget your camera!

Photo credits: jjandamespmarkhamjmagnusphoto

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