**Disclosure: We receive complimentary tickets to Wind Point Lighthouse for the purpose of this review. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
Over the past year, I have truly fallen in love with Racine's view of Lake Michigan. Entirely spectacular! Once summer weather returned to the region, our family knew that we needed to spend at least one summer day in Racine. We learned about Wind Point Lighthouse on a previous trip and since we had never climbed a lighthouse before, we immediately added the landmark to our "need to visit list." We were thrilled to find a day this summer to visit the treasure last weekend!
The Wind Point Lighthouse has long been a fixture in Racine. The magnificent structure was originally built in 1880 and is one of the tallest lighthouses on Lake Michigan at 108 feet tall. Visitors are invited to scale the historic structure the first Sunday of the month June-October. The view is well worth the climb!
A Fresnel Lens was originally used to light a sailor's way. The lighthouse keeper was tasked with climbing 144 stairs through a spiral staircase to clean the lens every day. The iron staircase is a beauty but really gives you a bit of work out! Plus, the lens is full of dozens of prisms so must have been quite the project to clean!
Wind Point Lighthouse is still a functioning lighthouse but moved to an automatic light system in 1964. On the tour, you can take a little peek at the current light. The Fresnel Lens is on display as well.
We enjoyed exploring the lighthouse grounds after our tour. Admiring the view is always a great way to feed the soul!
|View from the park.|
|Foghorn house museum.|
Things to know:
- Climbs are on the first Sunday of the month June-October.
- There are 5 climbs a day, one every hour from 9AM-3PM with the last one at 2PM.
- The climb begins with background history of the lighthouse.
- Wear closed toe and closed back shoes for the climb.
- Bring some water and a camera, but don't carry too much!
- Fees for the climb are $5 for children 6-12 and $10 for those 13 and older.
- Reservations are recommended to make sure you get your desired climb time.
- Children under 6-years-old are not permitted to climb.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled climb.
- Watch out for the wind! Put loose items away.
- Bring a picnic and enjoy the day!
- Don't forget to make a stop at North Beach. Spend some time on the beach, walk out on the pier or play at the sizable playground.
- Take a turn downtown to admire the architecture and visit local shops several with local art and products.
- Take a peek at the marina and enjoy viewing the boats.
- Don't leave without a kringle!