North Point fyr
North Point fyr

North Point fyr

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2650 N. Wahl Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53211

The basics

Though previous iterations of the lighthouse date back to 1851, the 1888 North Point Lighthouse is what stands today in two parts: the white, wood-frame, Queen Anne–style keeper’s quarters and the attached 74-foot (22.5-meter) lighthouse tower. Both are open to the public year-round on weekends, connecting visitors and locals to Milwaukee’s long maritime history.

In the museum, visitors can take self-guided and guided tours, peruse the original lighthouse ledgers, view the original Fresnel lens, and check out several other permanent exhibits. Climbing the tower is also an option for those who can handle the 84 steps and ladder to the top—where there are excellent views of the city’s watery edges.

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Things to know before you go

  • An admission fee is required to enter the lighthouse museum and tower.

  • Tours run throughout open hours; no reservation is required.

  • The museum is wheelchair-accessible; the tower requires an 84-step climb.

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How to get there

North Point Lighthouse is just north of Bradford Beach; if you’re already on the lakefront, it may be easier to park there and walk. For the lighthouse, only street parking is available (on Wahl Avenue and surrounding streets), though a small lot exists for handicapped access. Lake Park Bistro also has a county parking lot just north of the lighthouse.

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When to get there

Milwaukee’s North Point Lighthouse typically has limited hours—usually just Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It’s best to check the facility’s website to make sure doors are open in advance. If you’d like to avoid the crowds, summer is typically the busiest season; spring and fall are excellent times to visit.

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Even more history

North Point Lighthouse is just one aspect of Lake Park’s interesting—and notable—history. Frederick Law Olmsted, of Central Park fame, designed the park itself. And just south of the lighthouse, you’ll find the only Indigenous burial mound in Milwaukee. As you explore the park, keep your eyes peeled for nuggets that span the centuries.

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