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“oldest lighthouse on NC coast”

Bald Head Island Lighthouse
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Durham, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
1,499 reviews
945 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,158 helpful votes
“oldest lighthouse on NC coast”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Old Baldy was built in 1817 and is the oldest lighthouse on the NC coast. You take a ferry (no cars on ferry) to the island. From there you can rent bikes or a golf cart to get around. The lighthouse was closed the day we were there but I still had a great time just walking on the secluded sandy beaches and checking everything out by golf cart. Some of the homes on the island will leave you with your mouth hanging open. My husband wants to rent a place on the island so he can play the world famous golf course. The ferry ride to the island and back is $50 per adult.

Visited March 2014
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Jasper, Indiana
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Annual Favorite”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

We love going up the lighthouse - even with college-aged "kids," we wouldn't miss the opportunity to take in a panoramic view of BHI!

Visited July 2013
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Shelby, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Wow. Great place to get away.”
Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

We have visited the island three times and have wonderful memories to last a lifetime. The lighthouse is a great historical point of interest and an easy climb for those seeking a little adventure. You can get a clear view of the entire island and of the mainland of Southport and Oak Island. It is worth the money either for a day trip or extended stay n one of the rental houses available.

Visited November 2013
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Wilmington, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Bald Head Lighthouse is a beacon of fun”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is one very cool lighthouse. Built in 1817, it takes 108 steps to the lantern room at the top. You'll be amazed at how wide the base is, and by the time you get to the top, the lighthouse has narrowed to a point where only about 4-5 people can squeeze up the ladder into the lantern room. Once at the top, the view is amazing. If the weather is warm, the lantern room will be stifling because heat rises. The grounds and the restored lighthouse keeper's house are also tastefully appointed, and well worth the time on the ground to see that the life of a keeper was like. Fascinating and worth the price of admission.

Visited September 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“A must see”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

An easy climb and great view of the island. Lots of sale items and neat pirate things at the gift shop. You have to see this!

Visited September 2013
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Thank MadEater
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