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Biloxi Lighthouse

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Address: Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS
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+1 228-374-3105
09:00 - 09:45
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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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LIghthouse...up close and personal

Our first stop in Biloxi was the Lighthouse. It is literally right on the street. Can go up next to it...for free! Super easily accessible.

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Austin, Texas
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Our first stop in Biloxi was the Lighthouse. It is literally right on the street. Can go up next to it...for free! Super easily accessible.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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For $5, climbing to the top of the Biloxi Lighthouse has got to be one of the best things you can do in town! The views of the beach are great from the top, plus the tour guide will teach you all about the lighthouse and Biloxi history. The tours are only at 9AM, but I'm glad I got up... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I always liked lighthouse. When I went to Biloxi that was one of the things I wanted to see. It's pretty cool located on the median of US90 next to the beach. Was able to take some cool pics in the evening.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very historical site, the only lighthouse in America in the middle of a highway. Quick stop, combine it with the train tour and visitors center

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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful lighthouse in the enter of town. It is very easy to find in front of the gorgeous visitor's center.

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Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, United States
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Didn't stop....saw as we passed by as we had other places we wanted to see before dark. Easy to find and locate.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Lighthouse was a pleasant morning climb in July before it got too hot about 9amish. There is a fee not expensive and keeps the Biloxi Lighthouse history alive. The climb was not bad at all being a smaller lighthouse but still it is a climb and small space. It is warm July but the view of the coast is... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Biloxi'n beach, the lighthouse is a good "landmark". On the top of the lighthouse you can watch the scenery. A fine building.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We'd read other reviews that said tours were only from 9:00 - 9:30 AM and we were lucky enough to get in on the last tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. This lighthouse is small enough that you aren't exhausted when you get to the top! We would definitely recommend making the time for this!

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Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can't miss this. There is a little shuttle train that starts at the lighthouse and for $15 takes you for a 90 minute ride around Biloxi. The resident guide was very informative on the area.

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