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Aug 26

Split Rock Lighthouse – Minnesota

Splitrock Lighthouse
We finally got our Lake Superior moment gazing out across the water looking up at Split Rock Lighthouse. The first few days all we saw was the reddish-brown water around Duluth.  A condition caused by high winds, river sediments, and erosion.  Hoping to see the beautiful blues we imagine the lake to have, it was a disappointing sight.  Our fortune’s changed as we drove up Highway 61. The views got better.  Looking up at that rocky cliff and then out to the deep blue water that stretches for as far as the eye can see was a highlight of our trip.
Family in MN
Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the iconic views of Lake Superior.  If there is a Lake Superior postcard section it is one of the choices.  It is beautiful.  Unfortunately, it also costs money to go and see.  Something like $10 bucks a person.  So, we settled for views from the turnout and at its base.  I am sure the Split Rock Lighthouse tour/museum is nice, just not for us.
Splitrock Lighthouse Mn
Built in 1910 the Split Rock Lighthouse served as beacon of light until 1969. From its rocky shores, you can hike to the top of lighthouse.  Around the top of the stairs there was a sign that said you must have paid admission for ascending the last few steps.  Cruel joke indeed.  Would have been nice to have the sign at the bottom.  On the bright side, I got my exercise in for the day.

To see our reviews of other Minnesota Attractions, click here
Base of Splitrock LIghthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse
Located at Mile-Marker 46 on Highway 61
Park Hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost of visiting the park Adults 18-64 $10, Seniors 65 and over $8 and Children 5 to 17 $6
For more information about the Split Rock Lighthouse visit their website at http://www.northshorevisitor.com/attractions/state-parks/split-rock-lighthouse/

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