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Harbour Town Lighthouse

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Address: Harbourtown's yacht basin, Hilton Head, SC 29938
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+1 803-785-3333
10:00 - 21:00
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Serving as the centerpiece of the Sea Pines Plantation, this lighthouse...

Serving as the centerpiece of the Sea Pines Plantation, this lighthouse structure is colored like a candy cane and features a small shop at the top.

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Very different from traditional historic lighthouses

Compared to several historical lighthouses that I have climbed over the years, this is very different but still worth visiting, especially with very young children who will have... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Compared to several historical lighthouses that I have climbed over the years, this is very different but still worth visiting, especially with very young children who will have no problem getting to the stop. In addition, there is no charge for children 5 and under. It is a very small modern lighthouse but the view from the top is still... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nothing special here to see. The number of shops and dining options are underwhelming especially since you have to pay $6 to enter the property if you aren't a guest. There really isn't anything to do.

Thank Ringo317
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have to pay $6 to drive into Sea Pines Resort. Can be interesting if you like to look at gated upscale communities. The Harbor and Lighthouse are rather sad at the moment. And the Lighthouse looks fake compared to many lighthouses along the East coast of the USA. It's on a river which seemed a little strange to me.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited there with wife. Very windy that day. Picture and information on each floor of the walk to the top. Information about area and about the golf championship that was started on Hilton Head Island.

Thank Tom C
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

We’ve brought guests here a number of times over the decades and have always enjoyed the marvelous scenery and excellent photo ops. Our recent visit was very disappointing, however, because there were no boats at all in the yacht basin/marina. The usually-photogenic basin was undergoing maintenance or repairs (perhaps undoing Hurricane Matthew damage?) and looked downright drab. I should have... More 

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New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

You'll have to pay a fee to drive into the Sea Pines Resort and then another fee to climb the lighthouse, but it is well worthwhile. The spacious octagonal tower has multiple levels with displays related to the history of the area on each. There is a gift shop at both the bottom and top of the tower. Going out... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We paid the daily $6 fee to access The Sea Pines Resort, because we read that this was a must see area in Hilton Head Island. The whole island was hit very hard in October 2016 by Hurricane Matthew, so there is a large amount of clean up and reconstruction going on. There are large piles of trees and debris... More 

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Ukiah, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Not the most spectacular light house but the stories told by the displays on the way up were worth the price of admission. A nice way to understand the history of this development. Although the harbor was empty of boats, as they were dredging it, I enjoyed watching them maneuver the dredge form my perch high above.

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

It's worth the $4.50 admission to walk up to the top. There's a store at the bottom and the top but the staff aren't intrusive. Lots of great historical pictures and information on the way up the stairs. It's got a great view of the water, the island across the way, Harbour Town, and a golf course. There weren't any... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Absolutely Gorgeous ... this was my first official trip to a lighthouse and i was pleasantly surprised ... going up the steps and taking in all the history was phenomenal ... the views at the top breathtaking! Loved it!

Thank Marc C

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