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Biloxi Lighthouse

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Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
Phone Number: 12283743105
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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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Be Brave!

My young sons enjoyed the lighthouse, but had to be pretty brave to make it up the steps! They loved seeing the beach and ocean from way up high! I recommend being certain your... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Anna B
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Rockford, Illinois
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

easy to get to right next to the beach. lots of history here too, close to the Beau Rivage casino, and the Biloxi Beach, where you can rent water trikes and jet skiis.

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Thank Tim W
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My young sons enjoyed the lighthouse, but had to be pretty brave to make it up the steps! They loved seeing the beach and ocean from way up high! I recommend being certain your group really wants to climb up before paying for the tour. It is basically a 10 minute history of the lighthouse and then you get to... More 

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Thank Anna B
San Diego, California
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The lighthouse is beautiful and is in the middle of the highway, so it's not hard to miss. There is also a great view of the beach from here as well as other buildings. Lately, it's been getting pretty crowded due to it being a Pokemon spot. No complaints about the crowd here though. For myself, you can catch a... More 

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Thank Darlene L
Milton, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Seeing that it is located right in the middle of the road, you really can't miss it! It has been very well maintained after the Hurricane Katrina.

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Thank srpanderson70
Bald Knob, Arkansas
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lighthouse sits directly in the middle of Hwy 90 which runs along the Gulf of Mexico in Biloxi,MS. Standing strong after hurricane Katrina.

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Thank Reba H
Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A drive by attraction right on the beach. No access. Ok for a quick picture. Not what you would expect as a light house. More a light on top of some concrete.

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Thank Kelshe1
lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this review

Hello, which lighthouse are you referring to? Light on top of concrete? The cast iron Biloxi Lighthouse has a lot of access as it is located in the center median of highway 90, directly across the street from the Biloxi Visitors Center. Guests are welcome to explore the grounds at any time and the tower is open for tours every... More 

Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can help but see this, its in the middle of the highway. But what you might want to do is to find out why?I won't tell you here, but the history of this lighthouse is interesting to say the least and can be found out at the visitors center across the street. Its a beautiful little house and makes... More 

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Thank Mtnbabe235
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful settings on the Gulf Coast, make sure you take the tour. The Adjacent visitors center provides a visual and oral great history of #Biloxi, MS.

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Florence, Mississippi
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we are down on the coast we always like to go on the beach and see the lighthouse. This weekend, it was open for a short period of time.My husband got a chance to climb all of the stairs and reached the top. He was so excited. He stop by the Visitors Center, which was also a real treat!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool to see the only lighthouse in the middle of a major highway. You don't have to go inside to appreciate it. Lots of parking at the beach so you can safely stop the car and get a good look. Happy to see hurricanes can't keep it away. After each one, they do what they need to do to... More 

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