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Oak Island Lighthouse

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Address: 300A Caswell Beach Rd, Oak Island, NC 28465-8443
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Great place to visit

I've climbed this and enjoyed the view from the top. Recently our family group attempted, but the grandchildren 9 and 11 were a little fearful of the steps. The guide provided a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 September 2016
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Sparta, NC
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wilmington, NC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While this is a great attraction (and would otherwise rate 5 stars), it is not open any regular hours to climb. So people who come are often disappointed they can't get access to the inside of it, but can only take photos from across the street. Occasionally the trustees will open it for a weekend, but most of the time... More 

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Flint
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not open to the public, and parking is limited, but historically interesting and curious. One of the last light houses built on the coast.

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Thank tiphys
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The tour guides were fantastic. They were very patient and extremely knowledgeable about the Lighthouse and the surrounding areas as far as you could see. Wonderful little souvenirs for the kids and adults are available for purchase.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We picked this light house on the internet. it was written up well, and we packed the car and went. 15 minute drive from our beach house. We were a little disappointed, because it was not open, and if it was, not sure what we would have seen. You have to make an appointment. There is not a lot of... More 

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Sparta, NC
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I've climbed this and enjoyed the view from the top. Recently our family group attempted, but the grandchildren 9 and 11 were a little fearful of the steps. The guide provided a good talk. I think the size of the group should be kept to no more than 12.

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Thank SpartaTraveler4
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We are setting out to climb all the NC lighthouses that we can. We climbed Old Baldy back in August and wanted to move on to the next one. We made reservations 2 weeks in advance to do a top tour of Oak Island since only volunteers do the them. It was well worth it. The history behind the lighthouse... More 

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Thank K W
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We were told we could drive to the lighthouse, so we did. Not a long trip from Southport. When we got there it was closed. It looked like 3 concrete pilings on top of one another. Has no appeal. Walked across the street to the beach, that was nice😀😀. Empty, clean and free public parking

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Thank zwizz94
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Great tour. Must have reservations to climb to the top. 131 metal steps at a 65 degree angle. Great tour guide. Was very knowledgeable of the Lighthouse history.

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Greer, South Carolina
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I've never seen a lighthouse in person and boy was it stunning! The way the light beams glide across the ocean under the start lite sky is breaktaking! A MUST EXPERIENCE!

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Statesville, North Carolina
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the free tour. The tour guides are great. This is not for the faint of heart. It's a steep and hard climb. They are redoing the lighthouse soon to make it more accessible. A few people from the group didn't make it to the top. It is also very hot. As long as you are aware going in... More 

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