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Bald Head Island Lighthouse

101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461-3982
+1 910-457-7481
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Enjoy the history

Old baldy is a great experience for any age. The stairs and entrance to the top are a bit scary and... read more

Reviewed October 26, 2016
ADang2
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New York City, New York
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It's OK

Wanted to see a lighthouse. We got to see it. Was somewhat underwhelmed by it all, but am still... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2016
Brian K
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Mooresville, United States
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Old Baldy, built 1817, is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Restoration projects by the not for profit Old Baldy Foundation allows visitors today to enjoy the tower and climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the island and surrounding area. Tickets available in the Keeper's Cottage, home to the Smith Island Museum of History and lighthouse gift shop.
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101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461-3982
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Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Old baldy is a great experience for any age. The stairs and entrance to the top are a bit scary and claustrophobic but it is cool to think that you are standing in the oldest light house in the state. To think that generations before...More

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Susan G, Manager at Bald Head Island Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2016

Thank you so much for the great review! We love it when visitors understand and appreciate the 200 years of rich history that Old Baldy has stood sentinel over. If you are back next year we are celebrating Old Baldy's bicentennial with exciting events almost...More

Reviewed October 25, 2016

Wanted to see a lighthouse. We got to see it. Was somewhat underwhelmed by it all, but am still glad we went. It is not currently operating, but we knew that when we went. It was a tight squeeze getting to the very top, and...More

Thank Brian K
Reviewed October 19, 2016

We had 5 kids with us (ranging from 3 to 7) and all went up fine but there are some tight and steep spots. The very top is small so we had to take turns but if offers a great eagle eye view of the...More

Thank Julie H
Reviewed September 14, 2016

We rented a golf cart to explore the island in general and made sure we paid the small fee to climb to the top of the lighthouse. The views are beautiful from the top; however, it was very hot at the top and a small...More

Thank K W
Reviewed September 14, 2016

I went to this lighthouse with 5 kids. Yes I said that. 5! Ages 3 - 8 years old. While I don't recommend going in the gift shop (too many things to break) we did really like the light house. It was a lot of...More

Thank Rebecca I
Reviewed September 8, 2016

Bald Head Island was an interesting place to visit. It had a lot of historical information. The tour of the lighthouse was self guided but they provide you with information on a phone app to give you the historical information. The views from the top...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed September 1, 2016

This is something to do while on BHI. Climb to the top of the lighthouse. Of course, there is a fee but the kids really enjoyed their adventure.

Thank evanTX
Reviewed August 30, 2016

The entire island is a great experience. It is VERY dog friendly so bring your dogs regardless of size. The lighthouse is a must-see part of history and a fun view. Make certain to rent a bike or even better a golf cart because you'll...More

Thank Aaron G
Susan G, Manager at Bald Head Island Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2016

Thanks for taking the time to review Old Baldy Lighthouse. It is by far the "must see" when visiting Bald Head Island. It's reviews like yours that help others plan for a fun filled day trip to see all the island has to offer. And...More

Reviewed August 28, 2016

Bald Head Island itself is an amazing place to visit, but add an historic lighthouse, and you've added a cherry on top of your favorite treat! We visited in August, so it was hot. Many tourists were also visiting that day, which made the lines...More

Thank Bailey K
Susan G, Manager at Bald Head Island Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! This August was one for the record books temperature wise. We have plans to build a new Keeper's House so we can convert the current cottage to all museum exhibit space and relocate...More

Reviewed August 19, 2016

A visit to the island's lighthouse is a worthwhile trip. It has a lot of character inside and a great view of the island. The number of steps isn't too overwhelming but we visited in August and the heat and humidity made the climb difficult....More

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Hannah D
Is the lighthouse open for tours during April 2017?
April 17, 2017|
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Response from Mark G | Reviewed this property |
I would assume they are open; just in case call before heading out.
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Cheryl L
What are the days and hours the lighthouse will be open in August 2017? Where do you buy the tickets? How do you get to the lighthouse from the ferry?
March 26, 2017|
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Response from Susan G | Property representative |
In August we are open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Tickets in the gift shop. Easy 5 minute walk from the ferry.
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