Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum, Bald Head Island

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HOURS: TUESDAY-SATURDAY 10 TO 4; SUNDAY 11 TO 4. No tickets sold a half hour prior to closing.

North Carolina's oldest lighthouse is owned and operated by the Old Baldy Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit organization. The proceeds from the admission into the lighthouse and museum go to historic preservation projects. Come experience a self-guided tour to the top. 108 steps, 5 landings, and a ship's ladder to the top for a breathtaking view of the beautiful surroundings.
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  • Intriguing history and such a significant factor in the history of coastal Carolina....Tons of things to visit and enjoy on BHI  more »
  • This little gem is nestled on Bald Head Island. The view was amazing and unobstructed at the top. 360 view of the harbor and surrounding area. We even seen a church that looked like it was getting swa...  more »
  • On a recent trip to Bald Head our family of three took a historic island tour organized through the lighthouse and it was phenomenal! We were picked up straight off the ferry and given a comprehensive tour of the island. Cold water, bug spray, and sunscreen were all provided and the water was a must on a super hot summer day. Our tour guide, Travis, was absolutely amazing. He had great knowledge and history of the island and answered everyone’s questions with patience and detail. The tour lasted two plus hours and covered all the highlights of the whole island. It ended at the lighthouse grounds where we were able to visit the museum and climb the lighthouse. The best way to make the most of a day trip to the island.
  • Great visit! We all climbed to the top, even 4 year old! Wonderful view from the top, nice museum. Reasonable price. A great outing for the entire family. I would recommend it!

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