St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum, Saint Simons Island

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Glimpse into the life of a lighthouse keeper at St. Simons Island 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. Work out when and for how long to visit St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum and other Saint Simons Island attractions using our handy Saint Simons Island vacation generator.
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  • We walked along the waterfront to the lighthouse. Very beautiful and lots of history told here. Not to mention the obvious spectacular view from the top.  more »
  • I ran here from the hotel and was so amazed that I brought my wife before we left St. Simons Island. There is a pier you can walk out on and a town square that has gift shops and restaurants. Parking ...  more »
  • I love Lighthouses and this one is very pretty. The lighthouse is also close to The Fishing Pier and Mallory st. which are other attractions that are walking distance.  more »
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  • Very interesting bit of history. Small collection is packed with lots of information. The lighthouse is well-maintained and offers a fabulous view of a beautiful area.
  • I love the lighthouse! Climb gets harder as I get older. One of the great charms of the Island!
  • Excellent views. Worth the trip.
  • Went here on a weekend trip with my wife and kid. Very cool lighthouse, awesome view if you go to the top.
  • Easy climb, with landings along the way, great for all ages. View is magnificent.