On the western coast of our mitten-shaped state, there is one magical Michigan lighthouse that completely transforms during the winter. Every year, the trees and brush surrounding the structure are coated in thin layers of ice and snow. Eventually, they build up into unique statues that can take on ethereal forms and make you wonder whether they can really be natural.

It really looks like Elsa from Frozen came to Michigan to create these pieces of icy art.

Some say they look like caves, others call them ice castles

When you're standing next to tall sheets of ice that almost create a labyrinth, you'll definitely want to visit Michigan's wonders again.

The lighthouse itself is not open during the winter, but seeing the shore draped in its winter finery makes the trip well worth it. 

The red roof and lighthouse tower look beautiful standing behind the delicate walls of ice. 

It's a very popular stop for photographers because of how the lighthouse juts out into Lake Michigan and creates a striking landmark.

This structure is so charming and idyllic, that it is actually one of the most photographed lighthouses in the whole state.

It's over 150 years, but it still looks like it just popped off of the pages of a storybook. 

While you're over on the west side of the state, you could check out some great things to do like going to an indoor waterpark or check out this restaurant that's underneath an old mental hospital

Make sure to wear heavy boots or even ice cleats if you have some. The shore is covered in ice, which is what makes it so beautiful, but it can be dangerous too. 

Point Betsie is about two and a half hours from Grand Rapids and less than a one hour drive from Traverse City. 

Point Betsie Lighthouse

Price: Free to visit the beach!

Address: 3485 Point Betsie Rd., Frankfort, MI

Why You Need To Go: This is one of the most beautiful spots to visit along the shore of Lake Michigan in the winter. It really is some of the best natural art that the state has to offer.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.



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