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Biloxi Lighthouse

Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
228-374-3105
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Ranked #10 of 35 attractions in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Columbus, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The beaches are a narrow strip along Highway 90. They're pretty and were mostly deserted when I was there in April. However, every entrance had a hostile sign with rules, including no dogs! I did not find a "dog beach" or other place. The water was a brown color, but that's typical of the Gulf. I'd skip this whole place... More

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Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This structure sits in the center median of Beach Boulevard in front of the Biloxi Visitors Center It is not the tallest lighthouse by far, but its meaning to the people of the Gulf Coast is top of line since it has withstood not only the winds, rains, and storm surges of Hurricanes Katrina and Camille but several earlier ones.... More

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North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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147 reviews 147 reviews
32 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This lighthouse has withstood the test of time through hurricanes. It's a small lighthouse, inside you will see the water levels from various hurricanes. Tour times are limited to 9:00 to 9:30 on 15 minute intervals. The lighthouse keeper answers your questions while at the top. Word of caution, be prepared to climb a ladder at the top to get... More

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Austin, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This is a very small lighthouse but with some interesting history. Take the tour and go up and take pictures from the top of the beautiful beach!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

It was a great site. A bit hard to get to since it is in the middle of traffic. There is a fee if you want to go up in it.

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Guin, Alabama
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The lighthouse is pretty but it is really just there to look at, you can't climb it. It is right in the middle of the lanes on 90 so you have to cross the highway to get to the base of it. It is not very tall but it makes a good picture from the pier across the highway.

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

What time did you visit the lighthouse? The tower is open every morning at 9, 9:15, and 9:30am weather permitting. We don't conduct tours in the rain due to the surfaces directly around the lighthouse being slippery when wet as well as the 62 spiral stairs. We also only conduct the morning tours due to excessive heat in the lantern... More

Camdenton
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Always interesting to look into these old local cemeteries. The old statues and what the storms did gives good insight into the area.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

The lighthouse, major survivor of Katrina, was a very nice sight that we have in our minds to associate with Biloxi. After seeing close-up pictures of the lighthouse, it was sort of a surprise when it was located in the middle of the road! We did not make any of the tours (9, 9:15, 9:30) but looking and appreciating it... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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93 reviews 93 reviews
41 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This is a great stop if you are in town and well worth a visit. It is a very well preserved lighthouse that is open for a tour. You are able to climb to the top and get a great view of the area but more so a view looking out onto the water. The nice thing is the tour... More

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Texas
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133 reviews 133 reviews
42 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This cast iron lighthouse (built in 1848) has a fascinating history. It stands as a symbol of survival since it was one of the only structures on the coast to survive Hurricane Katrina. Climb to the top and enjoy incredible views of the Gulf coast. It's right across the street from the Visitor Center in the middle of the main... More

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