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“Touristy, but worth the time”
Review of Biloxi Lighthouse

Biloxi Lighthouse
Ranked #9 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.
Reviewed 26 August 2014

The tour guide was funny and very informative. such history. Did require walking up the steps. There was a fee and parking was not convenient.

Thank percy2008
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

I liked the tour guide's schpiel. I thought that it was going to be long and boring, but he seemed to hit the high points and made it a dialogue with the group instead of a lecture. View was nice and you can't beat the price. I did not like that it was actually busy! I had to wait fro the group above to come down. I never! (actually, I thought that I'd be the only dude there that morning, so having to wait was a surprise. I didn't have to wait long, but waiting at all was unexpected. And after the fact, i'm glad, because I think it means that the tours can continue).

1  Thank HughMcAloon
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

We decided to travel US Hwy. 98 (Mississippi coast) on our latest trip to Orange Beach, Alabama and see what the recovery looked like since Hurricane Katrina. The beach front attractions are recovering and we enjoyed our ride. As we love light houses we stopped to photograph the Biloxi Lighthouse. Like many have said this is in the middle of the road and probably not the best one to try to tour(think Pensacola Lighthouse for a tour). That said, we have been to quite a few lighthouses on our trips and at least this one has been saved and maintained unlike so many especially in Louisiana (our home state) and we would have to place this among the top of our list (certainly there are others)of those which are easy to access. If you love lighthouses give this one a few minutes, enjoy the coastal drive (non Interstate) and visit the wonderful Biloxi tourist information center across the highway from the lighthouse. Worth a few minutes and if you just look and photograph it is free. What more can you ask in an increasingly expensive and harried time we live in. Enjoy the side roads and see some of America that is waiting for you even if not the most spectacular!

2  Thank scot1ru
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Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

You know you are in Biloxi when you see the Lighthouse. This lighthouse has stood through countless hurricanes and has guided mariners along the coast for years. Before the hwy and the man made beach were here it stood at waters edge. Today it is the symbol of Biloxi. At one time tours were given of the inside, I am not sure if they still do that. This is one of the most photographed landmarks in Biloxi along with the Shrimp boats and the 26 miles of sand. This is a must see when visiting Biloxi.

Thank Norman D
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Pretty lighthouse but tours only available at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 each day. Touring schedule did not work well with our other vacation plans.

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