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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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Biloxi
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90 reviews 90 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Plan your visit around the morning hours and check in with the Biloxi Visitor center across the street for a tour of this beautiful landmark.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Very cool renovated lighthouse post Katrina. Nice man at top for history... Worth the five bucks to help out this land mark. Also nice pics from top.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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236 reviews 236 reviews
32 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This lighthouse really stands out from the surroundings, perched in front of the Visitors Center. It looked very clean, and the surrounding beach area looked inviting (except for the murky water!)

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Oklahoma City
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129 reviews 129 reviews
74 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The light in the middle of the road!!!!! Awesome. And to climb it was even more awesome. It's only 57 steps and a 7 step ladder at the top and it is worth every step to be at the top and see the world from such an angle. A person will meet you at the top and give you an... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

A definite landmark in the local community. It sits right in the middle of Highway 90 and cant be missed. The amazing thing is it is still standing tall after Katrina, Camille and numerous other hurricanes that have devastated everything else around it!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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146 reviews 146 reviews
37 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
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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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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