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Biloxi Lighthouse

Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
Phone Number: 228-374-3105
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Ranked #7 of 29 Attractions in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
Owner description: The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848 and was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the...
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Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Palatka, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

But ticket for the lighthouse at the Visitor Center across the street. Tickets were $5. The cast iron lighthouse has an interesting history. There is a spiral staircase to climb and a small ladder at the top, It's not the tallest of lighthouses but there is a great view at the top overlooking the ocean and the 4 lane. The... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Very small lighthouse that is in the middle of the road not on the water. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it if you aren't in the area.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

While this Light-House is a landmark for the Biloxi-area, I was impressed by the extraordinary views as well as the un-paralleled experience that is sure to please!

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Hawthorne, Florida, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We were here for the lighting of the lighthouse for Christmas. It's beautiful at night. Easy access to beach area where you can take pictures.

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Champaign, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is a good pic op for the trip. A small plaque gives you the history of the lighthouse. Nothing else there to do or see. Was there bout 5 minutes.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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116 reviews 116 reviews
46 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

So, my wife loves lighthouses, so we decided to go and see this one. It is very close to the beach, and well taken care of. Very nice photo opportunity if you are into lighthouses. If you are visiting Biloxi it is definitely worth stopping by and seeing it. However we found that it only took about 10 minutes to... More 

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Lombard, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Tours of the lighthouse are between 9 and 9:30am. It's not a very visitor friendly place I guess. I looks nice from the outside.

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Owings, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

While the lighthouse sits right in the center of the highway in front of the visitors center. Its worth the trip up it. Its a $5 charge you pay at the visitor center. It is only open for tours for 45 minutes each day. 9, 9:15, and 9:30. Interesting stories about the light house from the guide.

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Lawrenceville, Ga
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

All of the personnel have stories to tell about this location and monument so it's a very special trip.

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Sunrise Beach, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

After reading in a tourist magazine that the lighthouse is one of the most photographed tourist attractions and involves some "strenuous climbing", I was expecting something a little more impressive than the small structure in the middle of the main road - 53 steps and a short vertical ladder to the top. Wasn't worth bothering!

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