The lighthouse and maritime museum, inside the keeper's house, documents Kenosha's lighthouse keepers, shipping and fishing history. Also climb the 1866 Southport Lighthouse. The tower stands 55 feet above the lighthouse grounds. See Kenosha, Lake Michigan and into Illinois and Racine County.
Free admission for the keeper's house tour; donations are welcome. Lighthouse climb costs $10 adults / $5 children 8-12 years old. (Must be 8 or older to climb.)
2016 is a special year for the tower as its 150th year on Simmons Island (previously known as Washington Island when the tower was initially built) will be celebrated. There will be a big celebration on August 13th in conjunction with the annual Triple Dipper Ice Cream Social. In celebration of the special anniversary, a commemorative Southport Lighthouse coin is available at the Kenosha History Center gift shop around the corner ($15 including tax).