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“Pretty Lighthouse”
Review of Biloxi Lighthouse

Biloxi Lighthouse
Ranked #6 of 59 things to do in Biloxi
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Owner description: 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.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Pretty Lighthouse”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Did not go inside but I love lighthouses and took several cool photos. You have to be there at 9:15to climb to top with someone from visitors center. Still and awesome sight and close to other attractions. Nice to see Biloxi's recovery going strong.

Visited August 2013
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“Unique”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

The lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in an interesting spot and only offers tours at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 on Saturday mornings. I would advise seeking reservations since there is not a whole lot of space around it. Any other time of the week, you may not visit the top of the lighthouse. Neat to look at, located near the visitor center, but don't plan a lot of time as there is nothing to do but take pictures and view it from a distance.

Visited July 2013
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lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper & Tour Guide at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Good Evening, the review stating that the lighthouse is only open on Saturdays is not entirely accurate. The Biloxi Lighthouse is open every day, 7-days per week at 9, 9:15, and 9:30am. Those times are the only times because we do not allow guests out onto the balcony at the top and temperatures inside the lantern room easily climb above 100 degrees in the afternoon. The tours are also weather permitting. This past weekend was awful weather-wise. The grounds around the base of the tower are very slippery when it's wet and we are also concerned about people climbing the spiral stairs and ladder with wet shoes on. All lighthouse tours begin inside the visitors center and they can be checked with for the status of tours that day.
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“a good place to visit”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

They only do the tours of the mornings, because it is hot in the lighthouse. Go to the Vistors Center for your ticket. You have 64 sprial steps to climb so think about small children. It was great learning some of the history about the lighthouse and the view from the top is beautiful.

Visited June 2013
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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“Nice View”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

I really enjoyed this little lighthouse and tour. The lady who guided us was very knowledgable of the history of lighthouse and I do believe she had a very informative dialog that she tried to give to us but I think I may have had too many questions for her to allow her to do her job in peace and order.

I don't know if the $5 to tour the lighthouse goes towards the maintenance (one question I forgot to ask) of it but I certainly hope it does because the admission price felt a little steep to me. The museum in the visitors center was free and although I went through it pretty quickly I found it to be quite nice. I guess I just feel that I would probably go to the lighthouse 5 or 10 times in the future and bring my kids there too if it were more reasonable like one or two bucks instead of five which would mean more money in the long run. I am not really suggesting that admission be charged in the visitors center but it did seem to be unbalanced.

I recommend this place to anyone because of its history and view from the top and I say it is worth the price of admission once, maybe twice. I also agree somewhat with others that have commented about the short window of opportunity to take the tour. Just seems like it would be available for tours as long as the visitor's center is open. 9:00, 9:15, and 9:30 as the only tour times must exclude a pretty large portion of visitors in the area from being able to tour.

Visited May 2013
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lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper & Tour Guide at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this review, July 21, 2013
We're glad you enjoyed your tour of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The admission fees to the tower do go towards the maintenance and upkeep. Unlike other lighthouses around the country (I've been to 75 so far), our admission fees are fairly low to average and we don't get much federal help except during the aftermath of storms typically. The lighthouse has been owned by the City of Biloxi since 1968 and they are solely responsible for the beacon as well, unlike a lot of other towers that still utilize Coast Guard personnel to keep the light functioning.

The tour time limitations are solely driven by the temperatures inside the lantern room. Most of the other lighthouses I've toured allow the climbers to go outside on the observation balcony at the top. Since our railings are so low, our tour keeps everyone inside where the temperatures easily climb into the 90's by late mornings and into the 100's by afternoon. That room is almost like a parked car in a parking lot... it's full of windows and made out of metal.
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Conyers, Georgia
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“Not sure why this is an attraction”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a neat lighthouse with notable history which sits in the middle of the highway and is not really accessible. Its a drive by event. If you want to know more, go to the visitor center.

Visited May 2013
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lighthousekeeper80, Lighthouse Keeper & Tour Guide at Biloxi Lighthouse, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
The Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the oldest structures in Biloxi and was built in 1848. It is open to the public and can be climbed every morning at 9, 9:15, and 9:30am. You can experience the climb that the lighthouse keepers would have had four times each evening and several more throughout the day preparing for the next night. You can also see the 5th order Fresnel lens which has been in service in Biloxi for over 100 years. The Lighthouse is very much worth a stop for lighthouse enthusiasts.
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