Guided Tours

During your visit to Point Betsie Lighthouse, you’ll be led through the original 1858 lighthouse keeper’s residence and hear the stories of lighthouse life from our knowledgeable docents. You’ll climb our 34-step tower with its views up and down the lake Michigan shoreline (be sure to ask our tower guide for the legend of Sleeping Bear). In the Boathouse Museum, you’ll learn about one of the most remarkable rescues on Lake Michigan. You’ll see our Fog Signal Building, where the distinctive wail and sound pattern of the fog horn would tell sailors where they were, not just how close to shore.

Photo courtesy of Michigan Nut Photography,

Hours of Operation

The light house is open every day from May 18, 2024 – October 13, 2024 except for Tuesdays. During May and September, October the light house is also closed on Wednesdays. The light house opens at 10am and closes at 5pm. Sunday we are open 12 pm to 5 pm


Tickets are sold for tours every 30 minutes (except for 12:30).

  • $5 Adults
  • $2 Children (ages 6-11)
  • FREE for ages 0-5*

* Height restriction: all ticket holders MUST be 3 1/2 feet tall to climb the tower. Absolutely no babies in slings or backpacks are allowed in the lighthouse tower. No exceptions will be made to the height requirement or to rules that ensure the safety of every guest.

Last Tour

Tickets are available until 4:30 to be sold for our final tour of the day. We recommend arriving earlier so you’ll have time to fully experience all Point Betsie Lighthouse has to offer.