For Kids: Visiting Split Rock
Kids love visiting Split Rock LIghthouse!
The interactive exhibits and hands-on activities are a favorite with children, not to mention cookies baked on the woodstove.
Agate hunting along the beach and skipping stones in the cold clear water is always high on the list of kids' favorite activities.
Start at the Visitor Center to get tickets and learn about the lighthouse with hands-on, interactive exhibits.
A short (22 mintues) introductory film gives kids a chance to learn more about the North Shore and lighthouse.
The Museum Store in the Visitor Center has great, inexpensive souvenirs for kids to buy to remember their visit to Split Rock. Pick up a new sweatshirt if you forgot yours!
Lighthouse & Keeper's Houses
Guided tours of the light station leave from the visitor center at the top of the hour. Children are welcome on these tours.
Costumed guides in the lighthouse and the keeper’s home show what life was like for the light keepers and their families in the early 1920’s. Kids are always fascinated by the wood-burning stove and old-fashioned bathroom!
Four of the historic buildings are open to visitors - the lighthouse, fog signal building, oil house and keeper's restored home.
Hiking & the State Park
A quarter-mile hiking trail to the lakeshore at the bottom of the cliff offers opportunities to get up close and personal with Lake Superior – and to get the famous photo of the lighthouse atop the 130-foot cliff.
The historic site is surrounded by Split Rock Lighthouse State Park with picnicking, camping, a trail center and miles of hiking, biking, kayak, snowshoe and cross-country ski trails along the lakeshore and through the northern forest.