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Harbour Town Lighthouse

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Address: Harbourtown's yacht basin, Hilton Head, SC 29938
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+1 803-785-3333
10:00 - 21:00
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Serving as the centerpiece of the Sea Pines Plantation, this lighthouse...

Serving as the centerpiece of the Sea Pines Plantation, this lighthouse structure is colored like a candy cane and features a small shop at the top.

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A disappointing visit to a very special place

We’ve brought guests here a number of times over the decades and have always enjoyed the marvelous scenery and excellent photo ops. Our recent visit was very disappointing... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We’ve brought guests here a number of times over the decades and have always enjoyed the marvelous scenery and excellent photo ops. Our recent visit was very disappointing, however, because there were no boats at all in the yacht basin/marina. The usually-photogenic basin was undergoing maintenance or repairs (perhaps undoing Hurricane Matthew damage?) and looked downright drab. I should have... More 

Thank Citallwic
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You'll have to pay a fee to drive into the Sea Pines Resort and then another fee to climb the lighthouse, but it is well worthwhile. The spacious octagonal tower has multiple levels with displays related to the history of the area on each. There is a gift shop at both the bottom and top of the tower. Going out... More 

Thank zippo46
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We paid the daily $6 fee to access The Sea Pines Resort, because we read that this was a must see area in Hilton Head Island. The whole island was hit very hard in October 2016 by Hurricane Matthew, so there is a large amount of clean up and reconstruction going on. There are large piles of trees and debris... More 

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Ukiah, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Not the most spectacular light house but the stories told by the displays on the way up were worth the price of admission. A nice way to understand the history of this development. Although the harbor was empty of boats, as they were dredging it, I enjoyed watching them maneuver the dredge form my perch high above.

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

It's worth the $4.50 admission to walk up to the top. There's a store at the bottom and the top but the staff aren't intrusive. Lots of great historical pictures and information on the way up the stairs. It's got a great view of the water, the island across the way, Harbour Town, and a golf course. There weren't any... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Absolutely Gorgeous ... this was my first official trip to a lighthouse and i was pleasantly surprised ... going up the steps and taking in all the history was phenomenal ... the views at the top breathtaking! Loved it!

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Land of the Pharoah's
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

They do a very good job infusing the history of the area into the lighthouse tour. It was interesting to learn how the Crown Loyalists on Dafauskie Island would skirmish with the HHI rebels during the War of Independence. Worth a stop if you're in Sea Pines.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We literally wandered into the Lighthouse on Hilton Head Island after getting lost. It was our first time on the island and we didn't know where we were going!! What a treat to stumble on this treasure. It is so historical. We climber all 114 steps to the top and we were amazed at the view. I can't wait to... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The delightful lighthouse should be a must-see if you are in the area. Small and in a gated community (easy to get lost in) it is different in its wooden structure and each step has memorabilia and history pictures/explanations as you wind your way up. You'll enjoy the short trip and the view of the surrounding areas.

Thank LonnieGirl
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

after hurricane matthew, this marina is practically non existent. the lighthouse is still there. would have given 5 stars if it were intact but sadly it and boats are heavily damaged.

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