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Biloxi Lighthouse

Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
228-374-3105
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Ranked #9 of 36 Attractions in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
Owner description: The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848 and was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South. It is the city's signature landmark and has... more » Owner description: The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848 and was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South. It is the city's signature landmark and has become a post-Katrina symbol of the city's resolve and resilience. The light was civilian operated from 1848 to 1939, and is notable for its several female lightkeepers, including Maria Younghans, who tended the light for 53 years. In 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard assumed responsibility for the light's operation.After being declared surplus property in 1968, the Biloxi Lighthouse was deeded to the City of Biloxi, which eventually opened it to public tours.The lighthouse has withstood many storms over the years. Katrina's storm surge enveloped a third of the 64-foot tall lighthouse, and the constant pounding from the water and winds toppled many bricks that lined the interior of the cast iron tower. The storm’s winds also broke many of the windows in the light cupola and destroyed the structure's electrical systemIn March 2010, the city re-opened the lighthouse to public tours after a 14-month, $400,000 restoration that was funded by FEMA and MEMA and completed by Biloxi contractor J.O. Collins. « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

People watching and views. Worth checking out in your down time from visiting the casinos. People were fishing there, not sure what they caught lol.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It's not every day that you can go inside a lighthouse. Get there early in the day before it closes due to heat in summer. Great view of the Gulf from the top. Let your imagination go and you will probably see the first explorers paddling canoes across the waves!

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CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Pretty lighthouse but whats weird is that it is in the middle of the street! Between the Visitor Center and the beach right off the cross walk is this lighthouse. If you go into the visitors center you can see the footage of the live camera they have up in the lighthouse that views the street. Nothing else more to... More

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Church Point, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The old lighthouse over the water was build in1846..It has with stood 21 major hurricanes..Can't take pictures up close to it because there are not any protection around it..Mississippi needs to fix around it..But I love going to see it

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lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this review

This review is not accurate. The lighthouse is located in the median of highway 90 but is well marked, and traffic-lit crosswalks are provided for pedestrians to use to safely visit the base of the lighthouse 24/7. Additionally, 7 days per week at 9, 9:15, and 9:30am, visitors can purchase tickets from the visitors center and climb to the lantern... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very well went to visit the site for a funeral and stayed an additional 3 weeks to include New Orleans

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Dayton
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The lighthouse was small, and is in the middle of the blvd, visitors are not allowed to get up close to the lighthouse

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lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this review

This review is not entirely accurate. Visitors are welcome to visit the grounds of the lighthouse anytime. We simply ask that visitors follow the sign markings and utilize the traffic-lit crosswalk to cross the street. Additionally, every morning, 7 days per week, visitors can purchase tickets from the visitors center and climb to the lantern room of the lighthouse at... More

Carbondale, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The tour guide was funny and very informative. such history. Did require walking up the steps. There was a fee and parking was not convenient.

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Biloxi, Mississippi
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I liked the tour guide's schpiel. I thought that it was going to be long and boring, but he seemed to hit the high points and made it a dialogue with the group instead of a lecture. View was nice and you can't beat the price. I did not like that it was actually busy! I had to wait fro... More

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Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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145 reviews 145 reviews
60 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We decided to travel US Hwy. 98 (Mississippi coast) on our latest trip to Orange Beach, Alabama and see what the recovery looked like since Hurricane Katrina. The beach front attractions are recovering and we enjoyed our ride. As we love light houses we stopped to photograph the Biloxi Lighthouse. Like many have said this is in the middle of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

You know you are in Biloxi when you see the Lighthouse. This lighthouse has stood through countless hurricanes and has guided mariners along the coast for years. Before the hwy and the man made beach were here it stood at waters edge. Today it is the symbol of Biloxi. At one time tours were given of the inside, I am... More

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