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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
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Birthday Trip 2015

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

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Great to see the lighthouse on Bald Head Island. The Old Baldy tour is fantastic providing history and wonderful photo opportunities. My husband climbed the lighthouse While I visited the nearby chapel where services are held each Sunday or for weddings.

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Lakeland TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

This was a good break from the beach. Make sure you listen to the guided tour on your phone. It really added to the experience. Once you call the number you push in the location # and it gives you information. In the kitchen the lady discuss what it was like using the kitchen. We had 7 people in our... More 

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

Thanks so much for braving the heat and visiting Old Baldy! We love offering the audio tour to our visitors. You're right - it really enhances the experience by telling the stories of the people who lived and worked here. More 

Hickory, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

My son and I (7) decided to go to the top of Old Baldy..... It was pretty hot as you get to the top.... But the views are amazing.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of Old Baldy! Thanks for visiting and enduring the heat. More 

Tappahannock, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

I understand the lighthouse (quite a few lighthouses on the East coast came this way) came as a kit designed to be a specific height but unfortunately they needed a smaller height and the cupola designed for full height structure does not fit! Reordering replacement parts from Britain was not on the cards! Looking from the East or West the... More 

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

Thanks for your review! We love our unique off set lantern room. Come visit us again next time you are on island! More 

Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015 via mobile

This lovely old lighthouse is a great example for it's age. It is in wonderful condition. The view from it's location is absolutely beautiful.

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

Thank you for the nice review! Please come again. More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Great attraction. Climbing the 108 stair worth the climb, but do not do it in flip flops. Views are spectacular from the top.

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Jellico, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

One morning last week, my husband woke me up with a, "If you want to go with me, you better get up and get dressed. He had his camera in hand, so I knew I was in for an adventure. We ended up in Southport, North Carolina and after some exploring there, we took the ferry across to Bald Head... More 

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Wilmington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Although the lighthouse is not that imposing from the ground, the climb is a bit of a challenge for those of us who are not in great shape. And a tip for those who have a large shape; the final steps through the hatch at the very top is not very big. It's a long way to climb for nothing... More 

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Gananoque, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Lighthouses are an important part of our maritime history, and contributed to many nations development. Too many have fallen into ruin. Kudos to those who have preserved and ensured access to Old Baldy.

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Additional Information about Bald Head Island Lighthouse

Address: 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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