Biloxi Lighthouse

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Biloxi Lighthouse
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Key Info

1050 Beach Boulevard

Price & Hours

$5 for adults; $2 for kids 2-12
Guided tours at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 daily

Details

Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.4scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

One of the first cast-iron lighthouses built in the South, the Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the city's most revered landmarks. Erected in 1848, it was operated by local Biloxians – including a handful of female lightkeepers – until 1939 when the U.S. Coast Guard adopted the post. Today, the lighthouse has survived the shoreline's devastation by many a hurricane (Hurricane Katrina's storm surge waters covered a third of the 64-foot-tall lighthouse) and stands as a symbol of the city's resolve.

Recent visitors loved this historic lighthouse, noting its beauty and praising the views of the Gulf Coast from above. And while some said the structure itself is on the small side, travelers said taking the tour is worth it as the guides offer more information on the lighthouse's purpose, history and resilience through the years.

If you want to tour the lighthouse, you'll have to get there early; the city operates only three tours daily at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. Admission starts at $5 for adults and $2 for students; group tours (and discounts) are available by appointment only. Check out the city of Biloxi's website for more details.

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