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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 - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
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Gananoque, Canada
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Gananoque, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Richmond, Virginia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a great day trip from many of the NC beaches. Take the ferry from Southport, NC to Bald Head Island, rent golf carts and see the entire island. The lighthouse is a great place for families to gather and take in the sights and climb to the top of the lighthouse. We have family photos of generations climbing... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Had a lot of fun going to the top of the lighthouse. The museum and living quarters were very interesting. Well worth the walk to see Old Baldy!

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New Bern, North Carolina
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162 reviews 162 reviews
25 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

A must visit to bald head island, the lighthouse is walking distance from the ferry, in the lighthouse itself is very narrow and only room for a couple of people at the top if you a claustrophobic not the place to be. some interesting fact about the lighthouse. The replacement lighthouse now known as "Old Baldy" was completed by 1817.Old... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Was already closed when we got there (5pm) so get there early and make sure to check their hours. We were still able to walk around and take pictures from the outside.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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129 reviews 129 reviews
19 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I imagine you need to have a historical interest in things to enjoy seeing a lighthouse. Plus, a handful of cash. For the 3 of us it cost $8 for parking, $70 for round trip tickets on the ferry, $18 dollars for Old Baldy tickets. If you want to rent a golf cart instead of walking it will cost you... More 

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Wilmington, NC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Very cool lighthouse with awesome views from the lens room. Tight ascent to the top, but worth the effort. Kids (9,11,13) all loved the adventure. Great opportunity to teach the kids about the history of the Island. Highly recommend this excursion while on Bald Head Island.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a nice review of Old Baldy. We love the many opportunities for kids to learn about our area's rich, maritime history. Come back and see us again! More 

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the lighthouse and had fun shopping in the store. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We've climbed many lighthouses, and Old Baldy is the first one with wooden steps and a ladder for the last few steps at the top. We thought that was a lot of fun. Definitely recommend going. It's a little pricey to ride over on the ferry, but at this time of year we had no problems. We also rented a... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review of our lighthouse! It is truly a unique experience with the wooden stairs and ship's ladder into the off set lantern room. Your support goes to preservation of North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. More 

Bald Head Island, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Everyone, of all ages should visit this wonderful monument and piece of history of North Carolina and Bald Head Island, NC

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