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Bald Head Island Lighthouse

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Address: 101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC
Phone Number: +1 910-457-7481
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: Old Baldy, built 1817, is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Restoration...
Old Baldy, built 1817, is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Restoration projects by the not for profit Old Baldy Foundation allows visitors today to enjoy the tower and climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the island and surrounding area. Tickets available in the Keeper's Cottage, home to the Smith Island Museum of History and lighthouse gift shop.
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A quest to climb every lighthouse!!

Old Baldy didn't disappoint one bit! Take a climb up the lighthouse and enjoy! You enter through the museum (gift shop) and can then climb the lighthouse. We packed a picnic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Old Baldy didn't disappoint one bit! Take a climb up the lighthouse and enjoy! You enter through the museum (gift shop) and can then climb the lighthouse. We packed a picnic lunch, rented a bike at Coastal Urge and rode to the lighthouse. Parked the bikes, paid the small fee to enter the grounds and ate lunch right there with... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

What a view! The whole family, even my 91 year old mother in law climbed to the top. We love this adventure on Bald Head.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

It was an okay thing. Not much to see inside the lighthouse. The history part was cool, but you could have looked that up online.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

It's an bike ride or golf cart ride from almost anywhere on the island! It's fun to climb to the top or just browse the museum.

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Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

If you're on Bald Head Island for the first time, check out the lighthouse. For a small fee, you can climb up and check out the little room at the top where the old lamps used to guide sailors back before newer electric lighthouses were built. Be aware that it's pretty hot inside--plan on a few minutes of looking around... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The entire island is such a nice place to visit and this is a must see attraction if you like old lighthouses this is worth the trip. While you are on the island rent a golf cart (no cars on the island) and take a scenic ride.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

you will be winded after you climb all the stairs , but has great view of the island and the marina . nice area to spend a few hours

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Susan G, Manager at Bald Head Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! More 

Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Beautiful lighthouse! We climbed up and looked out the windows! Great view of the island from the windows!

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Susan G, Manager at Bald Head Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing Old Baldy. Best views on the island. More 

Pomfret, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

My family and I took the island tour with Susan, She was a great tour guide, she was filled with information. The island is beautiful and wort the travel on the ferry. The Bald Head Lighthouse is awesome a hot climb to the top but the view is so worth it. The gift shop is small however you should really... More 

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Susan G, Manager at Bald Head Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking a moment to review Old Baldy and the Island Guided Tour! I had a great time with your wonderful family, sharing the island's interesting history and amazing sights! Come back any time! More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

nice grounds. small museum. you can climb to the top, but expect it to be hot inside during the summer months.

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Additional Information about Bald Head Island Lighthouse

Address: 101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC
Phone Number: +1 910-457-7481
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Bald Head Island
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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