St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, Saint Simons Island

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Glimpse into the life of a lighthouse keeper at St. Simons Lighthouse Museum. The original lighthouse, an octagonal structure built in 1810, was destroyed in 1862 by retreating Confederate soldiers. The current lighthouse was completed in 1872. Climb the 129 steps up 32 m (104 ft) of this still-functioning lighthouse to take in the views of the sea and township below. As you come down the stairs, listen for the ghost of an assistant keeper, slain by the head keeper in 1880. The lighthouse keeper's dwelling at the base of the lighthouse holds exhibits about the history of the lighthouse and life for the keepers. Admission also allows you a tour of the maritime center at the Coast Guard station nearby. The lighthouse tower closes during bad weather. Plan your visit to St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Saint Simons Island holiday planning website.
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  • Great family activity. Very casual, museum for a walk back into history. Docent was very knowledgeable in answering questions. 
    Great family activity. Very casual, museum for a walk back into history. Docent was very knowledgeable in answering questions.  more »
  • This is a great location for families or explorers. Take a quick tour and go up in the light house for wonderful views of the channel entrance and the Atlantic Ocean. 
    This is a great location for families or explorers. Take a quick tour and go up in the light house for wonderful views of the channel entrance and the Atlantic Ocean.  more »
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  • This was a spot that didn't pop up as quickly when searching for area attractions near Savannah Georgia. This ended up being on of our favorite. Sweet little Seaside shops were so quaint. Easy free parking. Bathroom right by parking area near park behind library. The lighthouse was breathtaking. You get to walk up 129 cast iron steps that rise you to amazing views, delicious breezes, and a delightful step back in time. Your ticket also includes the lighthouse keepers living cottage and a brief movie with history of the area and lighthouse. For 12 bucks---one of the best stops on our 3 month travels. Also, the tour lady in the cottage literally loves her job. ❤
  • Another one of George's beautiful coast islands. If you're close you got to see it and it's a beautiful place. We went to the lighthouse. The area we saw didn't have a beach. Very relaxing southern city. Georgie is beautiful all of the islands and coastal tourist spots between Florida and South Carolina are definitely recommended to visit.

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