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Hunting Island Lighthouse

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Address: Beaufort, SC
Phone Number: 843-838-7437
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10:00 am - 4:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:45 pm
Description: The only public lighthouse in South Carolina.

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Nice Park!

I was staying in Charleston on vacation and this was one of the things on our to do list.We were not disappointed.The park itself cost 5 bucks a piece but i dont mind knowing the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Cynthiana, Kentucky
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Cynthiana, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

I was staying in Charleston on vacation and this was one of the things on our to do list.We were not disappointed.The park itself cost 5 bucks a piece but i dont mind knowing the money is going towards the upkeep.The area is very beautiful and even the drive in plus out is nice.There are excellent views of the lighthouse... More 

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Manhattan, Kansas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

As little kids we were terrified to go all the way up, but the view is superb! We love bringing the family here and taking the trip all the way to the top.

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Durham, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We didn't pay to climb the lighthouse since we had already paid $5 per person to enter the park but it was pretty to look at from the ground!

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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104 reviews 104 reviews
67 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

1. Expectations. I am a big fan of lighthouses and have had the privilege to tour several in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Bermuda. I will visit any lighthouse regardless of condition but always enjoy ones such as this that have been restored and are open to the public. While this lighthouse is very nice and beautifully-restored, the displays/exhibits are... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I stopped by the Hunting Island Lighthouse located in the Hunting Island State Park. The lighthouse cost $2 to climb and well worth the effort. The views from the top were amazing and it’s hard to imagine the lighthouse keeper carrying the 50 pound jug of oil up the 167 steps to the top (that’s a work out!). I would... More 

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Georgia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The grounds are free and only $2 per person to climb. Information is provided along the climb about the lighthouse and area. The volunteers working are knowledgeable about the grounds and lighthouse.

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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

It is always interesting to see how an island lighthouse functioned and see how the people that operated it lived completely isolated from the rest of the world. The fun part is climbing the steps to the top and enjoying the fabulous view. Also, the beach at Hunting Island is great for walking and beachcombing and enjoying a completely natural... More 

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Oglesby
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

It's 175 steps to the top of the Hunting Island Lighthouse. It's a great climb as there are things to read and a platform every 19 steps. I was at the top when it was very cloudy and windy and it was still exceptional. If you are around for a few days, check at the Visitors' Center for their program... More 

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virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

picturesque place great beach as well, you can visit the light house and climb the stairs to the top for great pics, we just took pics of the lighthouse. it also still works and runs its lights every night so pretty

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Lighthouse area is interesting, beach is nice, somewhat lengthy drive out of Beaufort, and the winds were about 30-40 mph on the beaches the day we went.

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