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Biloxi Lighthouse

Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
228-374-3105
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Ranked #10 of 36 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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73 reviews 73 reviews
54 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I loved that this lighthouse was so easy to get to. Right on Hwy 90 with the beach on one side and the Biloxi visitor's center on the other. Nice grassy area in front that gives you plenty of space to take pictures. I really wanted to do the tour to the top but they are only offered at 9... More

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Puerto Rico
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Just in front of the Gulf, this is a beautiful place to take pictures, and have a walk in the beach on front

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Essex
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

historic monument being rebuilt after the hurrican Katrina hit the area and wiped everything out the visitors centre is worth a visit if you want more inforemation

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Columbus, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
18 helpful votes 18 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
85 helpful votes 85 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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