Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
Known as 'one of Lake Erie's best known and most photographed landmarks', as well as one of the oldest lighthouses in continuous operation on the Great Lakes, the Marblehead Lighthouse and State Park is a MUST visit during your group's trip!
First established here in 1822, this gorgeous and historic lighthouse sits on the rocky headland of the Marblehead Peninsula, atop stunning mounds of Columbus Limestone. The limestone is actually the reason behind the name 'Marblehead', as marble is oftentimes mistaken for limestone, the original reasoning behind the name 'Marble Headland'.
While here your group will be able to take a lighthouse tour, visit the Lifesaving Station Museum and Keeper's House, and simply enjoy the scenic Sandusky Bay views! There are several picnic tables throughout the area that give the greatest views of the lake, Kelley's Island, and even South Bass Island. It will be very easy to see why this is the most photographed site in the state, and why 1 million visitors come to the park each year to see it for themselves!
During a lighthouse tour, you will climb the 77 steps to the top, learn about the past keepers that have inhabited this space (16 different keepers since 1880), including the first female keeper in the United States, and learn all about the features inside such as the impressive and rare 3 1/2 order Fresnel Lens. The Lifesaving Station Museum is a replica of the 1876 station that holds the popular Marblehead room, giving insight on local life and industry within the area from limestone quarrying to fishing and local medicine.