Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
A popular tourist attraction outside of Duluth, Split Rock Lighthouse is located on the shore of Lake Superior, and was constructed following a major storm in 1905 that caused 29 shipwrecks. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1969, and is now operated by the Minnesota Historical Society, who have restored it to its 1920s condition. The lighthouse offers tours and children's programmes, and has a gift shop.
Its picturesque location in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park makes it a popular destination for hbicycling, cross-country skiing, and camping; both the Superior Hiking Trail and the Gitchi-Gami State Trail run through the park, making it ideal for hiking. Even for visitors who aren't actively-inclined, the beauty of the rocky shore has earned it a place on many postcards from Duluth and Northern Minnesota, and is a stunning place for a picnic.
Address: 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors
Telephone: (218) 226-6372
Opening times: May 15 to the third weekend in October: daily 10am-6pm. Third weekend in October to May 15: Thursday to Monday 11am-4pm. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Admission: $10 adults, $6 children 5-17. Other concessions available.