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Biloxi Lighthouse

Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
228-374-3105
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Ranked #11 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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Dayton
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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Carbondale, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
59 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Pretty lighthouse but tours only available at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 each day. Touring schedule did not work well with our other vacation plans.

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Laurel, Maryland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This small, iron lighthouse has historical significance, and is conveniently located in from of the Visitors Center. There are about 75 steps on a spiral stair case to climb to the top. It is actually quite amazing to see the water marks for the storm surges during hurricanes Katrina Camille. All these things are well and good, but the per... More

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tennessee
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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

It is a small lighthouse with much history. It lights up at night with much beauty. If you cross the road to the visitor's center, they have a visual display for the lighthouse it's self.

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Northeast Tennessee
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

A very small lighthouse. I am glad I took the time to visit. You have to get your ticket to the lighthouse at the visitor center directly across the street from the lighthouse. A short climb with some nice views. It is very hot so I would suggest an early morning visit. The most interesting part for me was the... More

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Greenwood, South Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The only lighthouse in the median of a highway, historic. Gets very hot inside go early or on a rainy day

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