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Oak Island Lighthouse

We have relatives visiting from Canada and they wanted to see a lighthouse. This is the closest one to us, so we drove to Southport for the afternoon. This was their first time... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

My wife and I climbed the Oak Island Lighthouse last October and it was fun. Though it can be a horrifying climb to the top its very rewarding when you get outside at the top. This is a guided tour. There are many steps which can be damp and feel slippery at times. Hold on tight to the rails while... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We have relatives visiting from Canada and they wanted to see a lighthouse. This is the closest one to us, so we drove to Southport for the afternoon. This was their first time seeing the ocean-the lighthouse and ocean all in one stop was perfect! The kids were disappointed they couldn't go inside the lighthouse but overall they were amazed... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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26 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A very new Lighthouse in comparison to others but good looking all the same. If you want to visit this and climb to the top you will have to give 2 weeks advance notice. Public "no reservation required" free tours to the second level (NOT to the top) are offered every Wednesday and Saturday (10 AM - 2 PM) Parking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We can't come to Oak Island without making a stop to see the lighthouse. Granted we have never done the tour, but the view is spectacular from the road and across at the beach. Definitely take a moment to head across where you can also see Bald Head.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We knew about advance reservations to go all the way to the top, so didn't even bother about that but we were able to go to the 2nd level and get some background history on the lighthouse and see the inside. There are nice picture opportunities in the front of the light house and across the street there is a... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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137 reviews 137 reviews
19 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

It states that reservations for a tour must be made 2 weeks in advance. However, its free to visit the site though and the adjacent beach accesses provide excellent locations to take pictures from. Parking in the off season is easy and is about 20 feet away. The beach on the other side is definitely worth a stroll.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I climbed the lighthouse on Wednesday October 19th. I discovered the lighthouse a few days before my trip and emailed the staff at www.oakislandlighthouse.org to try to schedule a tour. Even though the site says you need to give 2 weeks notice to schedule a climb, the staff worked with my group, and added us to a tour already scheduled... More 

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Gate City, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This lighthouse is easy to get too. We were not able to go inside and climb to the top because you have to book in advance.

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Salem, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Enjoyed the laid back setting and just the overall feeling on this island. If you are looking for super excitement, you have come to the wrong place.

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Durham, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We loved it!!! We just climbed the lighthouse on Saturday Oct 4. It is volunteer run so off season you need to make a reservation a couple of weeks in advance. Go to their website at http://www.oakislandlighthouse.org. The tour guides shared many interesting facts. We went up with a 7 and 12 year old. Both did great up the ladders.... More 

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