Nostalgic Lighthouses Around Wisconsin

Since large portions of its north and east borders are shoreline, Wisconsin has plenty of lighthouses to tour, photograph, and admire. The Door County area is home to 11 of the state’s 35 lighthouses, but there are plenty more to explore! Here are some of our favorite offering history, nostalgia, and beautiful views:

Wind Point Lighthouse (Racine)

Built in 1880, this lighthouse is believed to be one of the oldest and tallest still in operation on the Great Lakes. The grounds are open for exploring year-round, but if you’re looking to tour the lighthouse itself, make a reservation for the first Sunday of the month, June through October.

Port Washington Lighthouse & Light Station Museum (Port Washington)

Talk about picturesque! At the end of the harbor breakwater, you’ll find a beautiful art deco lighthouse. While it’s not open for tours, it provides a great photo opportunity. The light station on shore has been restored and now serves as a museum highlighting the life of a 19th century light keep family. You can tour by appointment on weekends May through October!

Two Rivers Lighthouse (Two Rivers)

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Rogers Street Fishing Village, the Two Rivers Lighthouse is one of the few authentic wooden structures remaining on the Great Lakes. Stop by between Memorial Day weekend and mid October for a tour of this rare beauty!

North Point Lighthouse (Milwaukee)

Keep your camera at the ready when you visit this historical maritime treasure! It was restored to its early 20th century charm in 2007. Take a tour of the lighthouse and the light station where keepers and their families dedicated themselves to watching over Lake Michigan, then explore the lighthouse’s location in Lake Park, one of the first public parks in Milwaukee.

Have you ever toured any lighthouses in Wisconsin? We’d love to hear about it. Share with us as a comment below!

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