Do you like the view you often get from the top of a lighthouse? I have climbed a few in my day and a recent vacation to Hilton Head Island presented an opportunity for another walk up a lighthouse staircase when we visited the Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum.
Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum has a unique appearance, with red and white alternating stripes that have helped earn it the nickname as the candy cane lighthouse. At the base of the lighthouse, one will find a large number of rocking chairs and some people who visit just rock in the chairs and do little else. I didn’t come this far to sit in a chair- I wanted to see the view from the top and without an elevator, walking is the only way to get there.
This attraction charges a small fee to climb to the top and since it’s in Sea Pines, you have to pay a fee just to enter the surrounding area in your car, regardless of what you end up doing. The lighthouse isn’t that tall, so most people should be able to make the trek to the top with little problem. I did feel some weakness in my legs and I was huffing and puffing more than I expected, but I think that is a sign of my age more than anything. If you are in reasonable physical shape, you should have no problem making your way to the top because, again, the lighthouse isn’t that tall and it shouldn’t take you more than three or four minutes at most to get there.
As you climb to the top of the lighthouse, you will notice old photographs and other items that tell the history of the area. These things are nice if you want to take a breather and there is space to stop and look/read while others pass you by. Once you reach the top, you will be treated to the open views of the area, which are pretty cool and make for good photo ops.
Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum has a gift shop at both the top and the bottom of the lighthouse, so you will have an opportunity to shop at both levels. It’s not an incredible lighthouse and I admit I have seen better lighthouses in other parts of the country. But it is a nice place to visit with the family in the Sea Pines area.
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