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Bald Head Island Lighthouse

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101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461-3982
+1 910-457-7481
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Access to Old Baldy was greatly limited due to its ongoing renovations. Definitely call ahead to... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2017
wonkavator
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Richmond, Virginia
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Wonderful experience visiting old highthouse. We were able to climb uptop to have a wonderful view... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2017
Mark G
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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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“worth the climb” (13 reviews)
“golf cart” (13 reviews)
“light house” (15 reviews)
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101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461-3982
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Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Access to Old Baldy was greatly limited due to its ongoing renovations. Definitely call ahead to check on access.

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Reviewed April 11, 2017

Wonderful experience visiting old highthouse. We were able to climb uptop to have a wonderful view of the Island. It is a must visit place traveling through Outer Bank. Can't wait to take another Outer Bank trip.

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Reviewed February 17, 2017

We visited Old Baldy. It was a very nice old lighthouse with some spectacular views of the island. We were there at the end of August so it was pretty warm up at the top with little ventilation. It was still real interesting though.

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Reviewed February 12, 2017

Took the ferry over to the island then made the walk across the bridge over the low area & up the paved road to the lighthouse. A very unique, old building that is not the round cylinder shape that most people think of. You can...More

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Reviewed November 15, 2016

A bit of history and nice view of the island from the top. I would rather spend my time on the beach but nice for a afternoon or morning break.

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Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Cool lighthouse. Very historic but only one piece of an amazing island. One of the great ones along the NC coast. Do a tour from Corolla to Bald Head

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Reviewed October 28, 2016

Awesome old lighthouse with lots of history. About the only attraction that is reasonably priced ($6). Tough climb, lighthouse needs some TLC but a beautiful view once the top is reached

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Reviewed October 27, 2016

We took the two hour historic tour of Bald Head Island which included touring and climbing the lighthouse. This lighthouse was unique in that the stairs to the top (103) were wooden instead of the usual iron staircases found in most lighthouses. They seemed much...More

Thank M Q
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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

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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

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Marion W
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Response from Zeke T | Reviewed this property |
I believe they will be. You can go to the website & get the contact information. I do know they will be open on the 2nd & 3rd. based on the websites events calendar.
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Hannah D
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
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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