Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum, Bald Head Island

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#16 of 30 in Historic Sites in North Carolina Coast
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  • August 3, 2017
    We explored Bald Head Island including this great lighthouse on our anniversary this week. We did not climb to the top of the lighthouse but enjoyed seeing it and having a light picnic at a picnic tab...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    If you make it to Bald Head Island, Old Baldy is a must see!!! For a small fee ($6 for adults, $3 for youth, free for children under 3) you can climb the lighthouse, visit the mini historical museum a...  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    1. You have to pay to park. 2. You have to pay to ride the ferry. 3. You have to walk to the lighthouse (not too far but very poorly marked) 4. You have to pay for the hike up the lighthouse. It is wo...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Iconic 200 year old lighthouse on Bald Head Island. My family, friends, and I have enjoyed visiting and climbing to the top of Old Baldy for over 30 years. Spectacular views of the island, ocean, Cape Fear River, and the salt marshes.
  • June 28, 2017
    This is a unique and Old Lighthouse available to climb. Access by means of a ferry only. We did the local tour which helped us understand the origins of the island as well as the lighthouse
  • May 23, 2017
    Awesome light house. Lots of history on this island. Be prepared to sweat your behind off climbing the stairs to the top though!!! HOT HOT HOT.
  • March 23, 2017
    I give this a two star rating because the stupidly expensive 50 dollar ferry ride to get too the island. Only find out that half of the lighthouse has been shut off due to maintenance, which is understandable. What I don't understand is how they think it's okay to charge someone full price only to go up too the four floor. What a waste of time and money. Considering the lighthouse is the only thing on the island that is worth going to.
  • October 27, 2016
    Old Baldy lighthouse is a great activity for the whole family and can be made into a day trip. There are bike rentals super close and you can ride on the wooden bridge to the lighthouse which is a beautiful view of the marina and of the lighthouse! The steps to the lighthouse are a bit steep and there are over 100 so make sure you have your tennis shoes on! The view from the lighthouse is so worth the steps and you can see almost the whole island, but the top of the lighthouse is very small so try to go earlier if you can.

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