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Biloxi Lighthouse

Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
228-374-3105
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Ranked #8 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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Oklahoma City, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

So happy they were able to restore this land mark of Biloxi. The view from the top was wonderful. It was wonderful to be there.

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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It was a nice lighthouse next to a beautiful beach. I thought it would be a little bit bigger and closer to the water. It is located in the median. I think that if I had been able to go into the visitor's center I might have appreciated it more.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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348 reviews 348 reviews
139 attraction reviews
818 helpful votes 818 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This lighthouse is in the middle of highway 90 - an extremely, extremely busy road. It was hard to take decent pictures unless you wanted vehicles on the road in front of it. We parked at the visitor center. The only chance we had to visit was the afternoon & we knew tours were only offered in the morning. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Must take a tour at the visitor's center in front of Lighthouse . It tell's alot and the story behind the beautiful Lighthouse that is in the center of road , and stands very commanding and a much needed beacon in the night . It was damaged a few times by the storms over periods of time but seems restored... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
43 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We love to go see lighthouses so we went from our orange beach area trip to Biloxi to tour this one. Tour time was 9am. The visitor center was nice where you pay to go on the tour. The girl giving it however, didn't seem to much like her job. She was grumpy and complained to another worker. She gave... More

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Enterprise, Mississippi
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a landmark for me. Its right on the beach (of course) and survived (K) well . Re-done and beautiful . The visitor center is next door with the beach - tram for sightseeing (Great) and peir with beach houses.

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Plantation, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
53 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Very cool! I loved climbing it, and the museum across the street was awesome! I loved the whole experience!

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I went with a tour group and this stop was not on the tour, but our driver thought this was worthy enough to take us and boy, was he right! I hate we did not get to take the tour and get to go to the top of the lighthouse. We got to get off the bus and take pictures... More

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Aurora, Illinois
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111 reviews 111 reviews
50 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Beautiful lighthouse that has withstood the test of time! Makes for great photos, especially at sunset or sunrise!

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Wichita, Kansas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The famous Biloxi Lighthouse is on featured on Mississippi license plates. The tour is short but you learn a lot about the area and its history, from the century before last all the way to this one. Well worth the minimal cost and for lighthouse lovers well worth the time and effort. Be sure to be at the visitor center... More

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