Cana Island Lighthouse
Cana Island Lighthouse
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore Door County’s most iconic lighthouse, which in 2019 celebrated 150 years of standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan. Ride a hay-wagon over the causeway to explore the island, including the 89-foot-tall light tower, oil storage house and lighthouse keeper’s home. The highlight of any Cana Island visit is climbing the 97 steps of the tower’s spiral staircase to reach the gallery deck, which delivers a sweeping panoramic view of Lake Michigan and the Door County peninsula.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Wanda R
    Greenfield, Wisconsin712 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable!!
    The lighthouse is open to go to the top. It's only 88 steps and especially wonderful to do when there aren't a lot of people in the lighthouse. The grounds are very nicely kept. You can walk down by the water. There are several buildings to visit. The water level is extremely low so it was possible to walk from the mainland to the lighthouse. The tractor wagon will still take you if you don't want to walk. Remember to tip the driver at least $1. It's an experience to ride over in the wagon but I will admit much smoother if he can drive through the water. Nice way to spend a couple of hours and support the lighthouse.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2023
  • ktbeenthere2015
    New York City, New York267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lighthouse life
    Cana Island was the only lighthouse that we toured in Door County. It was a winner. The information was interesting, the grounds were spacious including the lighthouse keeper's quarters, the guides and staff were friendly and willing to share their knowledge, and the views were spectacular similar to Caribbean tourism posters. Although not necessary on the day we went because the water was low, the tractor ride was a unique entry. The steps to the top are a trial for those who exercise only when necessary or feel the least bit acrophobic. (Just to add that if you are not fit or have acrophobia, the walk up is probably not a good idea.) But, the panorama from the top is worth a little discomfort. The entry price seems a little high, but it was our only lighthouse so worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • kd1289
    Chicago, Illinois115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool lighthouse, but get there early for parking!
    The lighthouse was really cool to see, and had great views from the top after climbing up! Nice little museums about the history of it as well. The tide was low so we could just walk across (apparently unusual), but you can take a tractor if the tide is higher. Parking is VERY tight -- would recommend getting there as early as possible to get one of the few spots in the lot or park in one of the few spots along the road.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Susan LPT
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful day and enjoyable experience had by our group of friends
    We visited on a Sunday, in August, around 11 AM. Some of us walked across and one road on a wagon behind a tractor. It took FAR always time for me to walk across than it did for my fiends to arrive via the wagon. (I would have to say this is not any overly accessible place to visit - once across the rocky connection land bridge, the grounds are traversable with good wheels, but not easy for strollers or thin wheelchair wheels.) Loved the grounds on the beautiful day we were there, and although I have some knee issues, still did all the steps up to the light. Came down VERY carefully! (Btw- if you’re over 5’10”, be VERY careful of doorways and the staircase. Saw SEVERAL people hit their heads!!) My friends with more of a knee problem did not attempt the climb, and it was for the best. We enjoyed the view, the info on signs, and the short video and information in the gift shop/ticket area. $12/person was fair for the several hours we spent there, plus $ goes to upkeep and seasonal employees. We spent ~2.5 hrs there. I could have probably stayed and hour more to read everything and sit out and enjoy the water/scenery, but other members of our group were ready to go and we did want to see 2 more lighthouses that day. Very enjoyable time! Would bring family back here to see this historic landmark.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Leah L
    New Lisbon, Wisconsin51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A perfect mid-week visit
    Loved it. Very well maintained grounds. Interesting signage. Well done visitor center. The gentleman at the base of the spiral staircase was friendly & knowledgeable. (By contrast the attendant at the top of the staircase was on his phone did not interact or provide help. Boo.). Great views.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Elizabeth H
    Corpus Christi, Texas276 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Lighthouse
    Great lighthouse. We arrived right as it opened. The lake level is low enough to not need the tractor, but the short walk to the island is really fun with views of the water. Nice grounds, we enjoyed walking around the island and learning some of the history. Long and steep walk up the stairs with a great view from the top. Definitely a stereotypical tall light house unlike some of the others that are higher off the water and shorter. All the staff was friendly and happy to share and chat and take photos.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 October 2023
  • JJT
    217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can climb the 97 steps to the top for great views of Lake Michigan
    This is a nice 155-year-old lighthouse that is operated by the Door County Maritime Museum and well-maintained. After walking across the causeway (that often is covered with water and requires a haywagon ride), we climbed the 97 steps of the spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse and saw beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Afterward we viewed the lighthouse keeper’s home and oil house, and then walked around the edges of the island on the rocky shore next to the water. We had a pleasant adventure there!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 February 2024
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MESMesmes
Victoria, Canada37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Wonderful place to visit. In the summer you can typically go up in the lighthouse but even during the hours when it’s supposedly closed, you can go over and enjoy the outside part of it. It’s a treasure.
Written 24 March 2024
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JJT
217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This is a nice 155-year-old lighthouse that is operated by the Door County Maritime Museum and well-maintained. After walking across the causeway (that often is covered with water and requires a haywagon ride), we climbed the 97 steps of the spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse and saw beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Afterward we viewed the lighthouse keeper’s home and oil house, and then walked around the edges of the island on the rocky shore next to the water. We had a pleasant adventure there!
Written 28 February 2024
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Elizabeth H
Corpus Christi, TX276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Great lighthouse.
We arrived right as it opened. The lake level is low enough to not need the tractor, but the short walk to the island is really fun with views of the water.
Nice grounds, we enjoyed walking around the island and learning some of the history.
Long and steep walk up the stairs with a great view from the top. Definitely a stereotypical tall light house unlike some of the others that are higher off the water and shorter.
All the staff was friendly and happy to share and chat and take photos.
Written 31 October 2023
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DocAdvil
Nashville,Tn195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
There are not many lighthouses where you can visit the keeper's house and go to the top of the lighthouse, but you can do both here. It was a really fun experience. The views from the top are wonderful. The keeper's home is well interpreted. This is one of the taller lighthouses you can climb as well.
Written 12 October 2023
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Leah L
New Lisbon, WI51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Loved it. Very well maintained grounds. Interesting signage. Well done visitor center. The gentleman at the base of the spiral staircase was friendly & knowledgeable. (By contrast the attendant at the top of the staircase was on his phone did not interact or provide help. Boo.). Great views.
Written 21 September 2023
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Karen C
Delray Beach261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Great place to go and look around. You can climb the staircase and go up to have a great view of the area. Loved the videos and signs through out the lighthouse. Very interesting.
Written 29 August 2023
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Susan LPT
Cedar Rapids, IA82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We visited on a Sunday, in August, around 11 AM.
Some of us walked across and one road on a wagon behind a tractor. It took FAR always time for me to walk across than it did for my fiends to arrive via the wagon. (I would have to say this is not any overly accessible place to visit - once across the rocky connection land bridge, the grounds are traversable with good wheels, but not easy for strollers or thin wheelchair wheels.)

Loved the grounds on the beautiful day we were there, and although I have some knee issues, still did all the steps up to the light. Came down VERY carefully! (Btw- if you’re over 5’10”, be VERY careful of doorways and the staircase. Saw SEVERAL people hit their heads!!) My friends with more of a knee problem did not attempt the climb, and it was for the best.

We enjoyed the view, the info on signs, and the short video and information in the gift shop/ticket area. $12/person was fair for the several hours we spent there, plus $ goes to upkeep and seasonal employees. We spent ~2.5 hrs there. I could have probably stayed and hour more to read everything and sit out and enjoy the water/scenery, but other members of our group were ready to go and we did want to see 2 more lighthouses that day.
Very enjoyable time! Would bring family back here to see this historic landmark.
Written 18 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kd1289
Chicago, IL115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The lighthouse was really cool to see, and had great views from the top after climbing up! Nice little museums about the history of it as well. The tide was low so we could just walk across (apparently unusual), but you can take a tractor if the tide is higher.

Parking is VERY tight -- would recommend getting there as early as possible to get one of the few spots in the lot or park in one of the few spots along the road.
Written 8 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Cana Island was the only lighthouse that we toured in Door County. It was a winner. The information was interesting, the grounds were spacious including the lighthouse keeper's quarters, the guides and staff were friendly and willing to share their knowledge, and the views were spectacular similar to Caribbean tourism posters. Although not necessary on the day we went because the water was low, the tractor ride was a unique entry. The steps to the top are a trial for those who exercise only when necessary or feel the least bit acrophobic. (Just to add that if you are not fit or have acrophobia, the walk up is probably not a good idea.) But, the panorama from the top is worth a little discomfort. The entry price seems a little high, but it was our only lighthouse so worth it.
Written 28 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

pamjmarsch
Cape Girardeau, MO25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We did not have a good experience here. The store clerk looked my adult grandson in the eye, but then chose to wait on the WHITE family in line behind him. Money is green whether you are a person of color or white.
So we decided to not pay the admission to tour, and we left.
Written 19 July 2023
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