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Hunting Island Lighthouse

Address: Beaufort, SC
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The only public lighthouse in South Carolina.
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Type: Lighthouses, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:45 pm
Owner description: The only public lighthouse in South Carolina.
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Well kept lighthouse. Only 2.00 admission. Prepare for 10 floor height. Lands on each floor with some windows. Open spaces, with great view and metal deck for viewing the sights. Bring a camera. On the grounds are some small buildings from the original keepers home and some history about the family living. The park is like Jurassic Park.

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Topeka KS
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32 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The volunteers here was wonderful, and the lighthouse affords some great views. The climb was not at all difficult, and the nearby beach is quite nice.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

this is oue first time coming down to south Carolina and seeing a real live white house and now mind you it was oct 31 so it was fairly chilly, but we swam before we could adventure around the park. but while we were trying to defrost in the car we drove through the park taking in all the beauty!

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Ottawa, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We spent a morning exploring this lighthouse and its out buildings. The walk up the lighthouse's 161 feet is incredible and facts about the lighthouse are written on each floor. Don't miss the outbuildings which have displays on the lighthouse. A must see if you are in the area!

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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

If you are looking for a challenge, pay the $2 fee, and climb to the top and take in the incredible 360 degree views.

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Don't attempt the climb if you are prone to shortness of breath or have circulatory problems. See Hunting Island State Park for entrance fee details (http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/huntingisland/introduction.aspx) The surrounding displays and outbuildings are a bonus, with a history of the old lighthouse compound.

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Bucharest, Romania
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188 attraction reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

December can be very interesting there. First the park, a wonderful palm tree garden surriounding the lighthouse and with a cute visitor center, pretty interesting. The lighthouse can be visited with a small fee and admire the nearby ocean. It can be foggy and this is spectacular. Don't miss the great beach nearby.

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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The lighthouse is beautiful. Make sure you have your camera! The park staff are very informative and answer the many questions from guests trying to decide whether or not to pay the extra fee to climb up inside. You can take a self-guided tour of the grounds and other out buildings without the extra fee. There are multiple photos, tools,... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is a lovely old lighthouse. We watched several dolphins fairly close to the shore & had a wonderful view from the top. Walking in the beach was very relaxing there.

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Graniteville, South Carolina
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The area of Hunting Island is a well-kept preserve. Gate price is $5 per adult. Access to the lighthouse and beautiful beaches. To climb the lighthouse (198 metal steps to the top) was an additional $2 per person, but the views were well worth it and there is a history staion on each floor were you will learn all about... More 

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