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Summer Is the Time to Explore the 100 Year Old Mukilteo Lighthouse

Small, but mighty.

That's the Mukilteo Lighthouse

Perched on Elliot Point overlooking Possession Strait, the Mukilteo Lighthouse has been guiding sailors to safety for over 100 years.

Until 1979, it was maintained by lightkeepers (their house and that of the their assistants flank the lighthouse), but now the Mukilteo Lighthouse is fully automated and managed by the Coast Guard. The Lighthouse is full of wonder and years of stories - many of which are chronicled throughout the grounds.

You can pop by for a photo and self-led outdoor tour anytime, but if you want an insider’s look at this local landmark be sure to visit between 12-5 p.m. on a Saturday or Sunday between April and September. During those select times you can climb the 38-foot lighthouse for picturesque views of the water and yonder landscapes all for free!

From above you’ll see Mukilteo ferries going to and from Whidbey Island. Camano Island is visible, as are the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. Snowy Mt. Baker peeks out on clear days, and when you glance back towards the town you’ll catch glimpses of historic neighborhoods, as well as Everett and Port Gardner.

It’s truly a 360 degree view!

The Mukilteo Lighthouse is definitely the highlight of Mukilteo Lighthouse Park (duh!), but within walking distance you’ll find a playground, boat launch, and restaurants too. I highly recommend Diamond Knot Brewing Company, especially if you can make it for their brunch! This summer be sure to make Mukilteo Lighthouse Park one of your weekend outing - you won’t be disappointed.