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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  • At 130 steps is a good climb to the top. We have the kid that counts each one out loud as you go which doesn’t help. Once you’re there though you’ll be glad you made it, the views are awesome. You can...  more »
  • This museum has an excellent video giving a history of the lighthouse. The house is furnished with period furniture which gives an idea of how the keeper and his family lived and there's a great view ...  more »
  • Our family, went to visit the light house. for 12$ you go up to the light house, tour the light house keeper’ place of residency. Start the tour with short video about the history of the light house. ...  more »
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  • Love it! First time I'd been inside since I was a kid, but it was great! There's a lot of steps, so don't be surprised if you're out of shape you may have to stop a time or two on the way up, but it's much, much easier coming back down. Check it out! And Jerry that works there has an awesome belt buckle. Also his name is not John, but mine is, and that was weird. Go and you'll know why.
  • St. Simons Island Lighhouse is a beautiful tourist attraction. When we visited it, there was a wedding being set up. I imagine the couple's wedding to have been beautiful! Such a pretty venue. Overlooks a bay. Simply beautiful!
  • What a great museum and lighthouse. Do a combination admission to the equally wonderful WW II museum doesn't the road and you won't be disappointed. We visited over the weekend and learned everything about the area from these 2 excellent museums. A must do on St. Simons!!
  • As I travel I try to be aware of area lighthouses. I did climb the 129 steps to the top of the St. Simons Island lighthouse and was not disappointed as views are always great. Museum staff were very friendly and informative.
  • Beautiful views, nice park area, fishing pier and multiple great eating places within walking distance. Very educational and entertaining. There was a wedding being held and a great place for it.
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