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Biloxi Lighthouse

Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
Phone Number: 228-374-3105
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Ranked #6 of 31 Attractions in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Sights & 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, Sights & 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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Sun Prairie
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The lighthouse is small and in the middle of I-90. It can be used as a backdrop for a picture. But, it's location in the middle of I-90 makes it not the best location.

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Saucier, Mississippi
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I've seen a lot of lighthouses but never got to go inside except for this one. It's well worth the $5 to climb the stairs and see the cast iron inside of the lighthouse. Steep stairs, so not for physically challenged. View was wonderful! Warm up there in the summertime. I live here but still love it!

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Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The staff members are so much fun and give great history! I love the painted water marks that show the different heights of the different hurricanes. It is worth the climb to the top to get such a beautiful view of the Coast. Well worth the small charge they have.

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Clearwater, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Amazing, historical display and located in a very convenient location. It is mind-boggling to imagine what this lighthouse has seen.

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Pottsboro, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The Lighthouse is in the middle of the road. But its a great sight to drive upon. We didn't climb to the top, but we did walk around and take pictures! Not the biggest or grandest lighthouse, but its still pretty!

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It is a cute little lighthouse in the middle of a road and what you see is what you get. There is a nice pier and beach next to it which is nice to walk as well.

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Dallas, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Not an ideal location, but it was a nice view. Took some photos and then went to the beach across the street.

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Warren, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Well we did not get to the light house early enough to climb inside to the top..I guess its only $5..It was a lot shorter than I thought it would be.. Its literally sitting in the middle of the road..Lots of pictures were taken...The lighthouse is located across the street from the beach and the Gulf..My kids loved the beach..The... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I was lucky to have the opportunity to go inside and go to the top. Small narrow spiral stairs. But once at the top the view was awesome. It may not be the grandest or largest Lighthouse, but it has so much history. I read somewhere it was the last one of 12 that lined the coast at one time.... More 

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Palatka, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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