Two Harbors Light Station is open for self-guided tours May 6-Oct. 16. Beverly Godfrey /

Maybe you’ve visited Two Harbors and not paid the $5 to go beyond the fence and see inside the landmark lighthouse. Let’s float the idea that next time, you take the plunge.

There isn’t a lot of space to tour at the Two Harbors Light Station, but going through the back door of the gift shop allows guests to climb 40 steps up inside the lighthouse to get a glimpse of the actual light, as well as tour two other buildings on site filled with historical artifacts and informative displays. A wishing well makes the kids happy, and a couple chairs on the lawn make a nice place to rest and look at the lake. Proceeds help support restoration and maintenance of the site.

It’s the oldest continuously running lighthouse on the North Shore, according to the Lake County Historical Society, first lit in 1892. The lighthouse also operates as a bed and breakfast, with guest rooms inside the historic red structure.

Open May 6-Oct. 16
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m
Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tours are self-guided, $5 per person
Address: 1 LightHouse Point, Two Harbors

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