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Biloxi Lighthouse

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Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
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+1 228-374-3105
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:45 am
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The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848 and was one of the first...

The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848 and was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South. It is the city's signature landmark and has become a post-Katrina symbol of the city's resolve and resilience. The light was civilian operated from 1848 to 1939, and is notable for its several female lightkeepers, including Maria Younghans, who tended the light for 53 years. In 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard assumed responsibility for the light's operation.After being declared surplus property in 1968, the Biloxi Lighthouse was deeded to the City of Biloxi, which eventually opened it to public tours.The lighthouse has withstood many storms over the years. Katrina's storm surge enveloped a third of the 64-foot tall lighthouse, and the constant pounding from the water and winds toppled many bricks that lined the interior of the cast iron tower. The storm’s winds also broke many of the windows in the light cupola and destroyed the structure's electrical systemIn March 2010, the city re-opened the lighthouse to public tours after a 14-month, $400,000 restoration that was funded by FEMA and MEMA and completed by Biloxi contractor J.O. Collins.

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For a nominal fee, you get the opportunity to enter the lighthouse and climb to the top. While the guide I had was fairly new to her job, she still tried her best to answer any... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For a nominal fee, you get the opportunity to enter the lighthouse and climb to the top. While the guide I had was fairly new to her job, she still tried her best to answer any questions the group had regarding the history of the lighthouse. Definitely worth 15 minutes of your time.

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You gotta go in this thing, all this time and history. Its the Icon of the area and you'll see why. Find out when you can go inside and up to the top. FUN!!!!

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Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After checking out things to do in Biloxi on TripAdvisor, we added the lighthouse to our list and, thanks to a helpful tip from one reviewer, went directly to the Visitor Center across the street from the lighthouse to buy tickets for the tour. We were extremely disappointed when one of the staff informed us that the one and only... More 

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Heber Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most lovable site to visit and take plenty of pictures. It is particularly beautiful after sunset.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We have passed by the Biloxi Lighthouse numerous times over the years. Yesterday, we stopped to visit the icon. The lighthouse is the perfect back drop for a photo.... a Kodak moment.... it is located in the middle of busy Highway 90 which is always flowing with traffic. Please stop and observe this piece of history!!!! Lighthouses are an "endangered... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

The lighthouse is a beautiful one. It is right on Front Beach Road in the median. They decorate it for Christmas and Madi Gras.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Iconic structure, has survived numerous hurricanes. Stop at the visitor center nearby for good pics.

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Gulfport, MS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

I live in Gulfport and have driven past this lighthouse for years. I did not even know you could go inside. When I found out that I could take a tour to the top, I wanted to go. The tours are only from 9:00 am to 9:45 am, because the lighthouse is made of cast iron and gets really hot... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

A fast item for fans of lighthouses. Great for a family or just those of us who like marine destination.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

Not much to say, it's a lighthouse. We did enjoy the drive along Beach Blvd to get there and there is also a pier and a parking lot in front of the lighthouse. They are all located on Biloxi Beach.

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