Grand Traverse Lighthouse is at 15500 N. Lighthouse Point Rd., in Leelanau State Park. Built in 1858 near the site of an older lighthouse, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse served as a beacon to passing ships until 1972. A museum since 1986, the lighthouse includes the restored keeper's residence, which is filled with household items from the 1920s and '30s along with log books, nautical manuals and equipment used in the running of the beacon. Exhibits describe what life was like for those families who lived here during the decades the light was operational.
Visitors can climb the tower into the lantern room for excellent views of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. Changing exhibits are shown in the fog signal building near the lighthouse.