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Biloxi Lighthouse

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Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
Phone Number: 12283743105
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9:00 am - 9:45 am
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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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Such a beautiful view from the top and oh so southern!

This is a cute little lighthouse. Great view of the ocean and the coastline! It's not too tall, so you don't have to be in super shape or super young to climb to the top.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

The Biloxi light is still proudly standing after several severe hurricanes. At one time it was standing atilt due to one. The City of Biloxi found a solution to straighten it out and it stands majestically on Beach Blvd.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

Totally disappointed that they have staff to keep the retail shop with JUNK and other things across the street open from 8-5, but can't have this monument that withstood Hurricane Katrina open so that we can actually go inside! After all the money spent restoring such an American treasure, you would think that they would have the intelligence to keep... More 

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

Good Afternoon, The hours for lighthouse tours are clearly posted on this website as well as the official City website. The decision to have conduct tours at 9, 9:15, and 9:30am has nothing to do with the intelligence level of the City, It has everything to do with climber's safety. In the summer, temperatures inside the lantern room reach unsafe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

This lighthouse has much history. It was established in the 1800's and had several light keepers, the coast guard took it over, then the city of Biloxi took possession of it and maintained it. It survived Hurricanes Chamile and Katrina.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

this is not a very tall light house, but very nice, and the tour was very informative. you can see up and down the beach a long way, and also to some of the casinos in the area.

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Hooterville, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

Not only is the Biloxi Lighthouse beautiful to look at, but its history is awesome as well. Undoubtedly one of the most photographed landmarks on the US Gulf Coast, it is worth the visit even if you just do a drive by. Tours to the top of the lighthouse are organized at the Biloxi Visitors Center across the street. Highly... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

It was raining, but I still love the sight of the lighthouse next to the beach...what a beautiful place to be

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

While visiting the welcome center in Biloxi, we enjoyed viewing the lighthouse that is across the street. You can enjoy tours that will explain everything about the lighthouse and also show you the extra attraction of things along Gulf Blvd after Katrina's distruction of the beautiful homes in the area. The lighthouse has beautiful decorations in December so make sure... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

The pelicans definitely have attitude here. They pose for pictures. The Christmas decorations are gorgeous all along Beach Blvd.

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This lighthouse is a landmark to the community. It is has been remolded and kept in great condition! It has been through several hurricanes, but stands tall to shine its light to help others. Many weddings take place here also. It's a historical site that was a great place to visit and learn about.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is a cute little lighthouse. Great view of the ocean and the coastline! It's not too tall, so you don't have to be in super shape or super young to climb to the top.

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