The United States can boast of an exceptionally long coastline with many beautiful towns and cities dotted along the way. From the East Coast to the West Coast, there are countless great beaches and coastal areas to explore all around the United States, and Biloxi stands out as one of the very best. Located in Harrison County and home to around 45,000 people, Biloxi is a very popular summer resort location, and its historic lighthouse is easily its most famous landmark.

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The History of The Biloxi Lighthouse

The Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the most famous lighthouses in all of North America and is often the first thing people think of when speaking about Biloxi. Plans for the construction of the lighthouse were first laid out in 1847, with the United States Congress setting aside $12,000 the construction of the Biloxi Lighthouse, which was built and placed into operation just one year later.

In 1860, not too long after it had been built, the lighthouse was threatened by a hurricane along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Various other lighthouses were destroyed in the storm, but the Biloxi Lighthouse remained standing and still stands to this day, despite having had to deal with the winds and waves of many other storms and hurricanes over the decades.

Various lighthouse keepers and their families have lived and worked at the Biloxi Lighthouse over the years, and the lighthouse holds special significance for female lighthouse keepers in particular, with many women having tended to the light over the years. In fact, statistically speaking, the Biloxi Lighthouse has been looked after by female keepers for a longer period of time than any other lighthouse location in America.

The Biloxi Lighthouse earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and was classed as a Mississippi Landmark in 1987. In the modern era, it is owned and operated by the City of Biloxi. It still serves its duty as a navigational aid and has taken some damage from hurricanes and erosion over the years, but has always stayed standing and undergone various renovation and restoration treatment.

Visiting the Biloxi Lighthouse

The Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the most visited locations along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and one of the main reasons people visit the city of Biloxi in general. A literal and symbolic beacon for residents and visitors in the Mississippi Sound area, the Biloxi Lighthouse has proven popular with visitors of all ages and is open for public tours throughout the year. Here’s all you need to know about visiting the Biloxi Lighthouse:

- Guided Tours of the Biloxi Lighthouse - Guided tours of the Biloxi Lighthouse have been running for many years, ever since the lighthouse was handed over to the City of Biloxi back in the late 1960s. The tours had to shut down for a period in 2009-10 while repairs and renovations were undertaken at the Biloxi Lighthouse, but they have since recommenced and can be enjoyed by all. Each tour is led by a professional guide who is able to take you around the lighthouse and regale guests with stories from the lighthouse's past. You'll learn a lot along the way and a tour of the Biloxi Lighthouse is definitely one of the best things to do in Biloxi.

- Times - The guided tours of the Biloxi Lighthouse leave bright and early in the mornings. The first tour leaves at 9am, with the next tours setting off at 9.15am and 9.30am, so guests wishing to walk around the Biloxi Lighthouse and learn all about its past will need to arrive early. All tours are subject to the weather, so may be canceled in stormy conditions.

- Reservations - Guests do not need to reserve their spot on tours of the Biloxi Lighthouse, but if you’re traveling with a group, you may want to get in touch before arrival and contact the tour team at 228 374 3105. Private group tours of the Biloxi Lighthouse are available but need to be arranged in advance.

- Prices - Anyone wishing to take guided tours of the Biloxi Lighthouse will need to pay for entry, but the prices are very low and reasonable. All children aged between 2 and 12 will need to pay just $2, while adults are charged $5 each. Discounts are available for those traveling as part of a larger group.

- Location - The Biloxi Lighthouse is located at 1050 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530. The lighthouse is easy to spot from afar and is conveniently located near the Biloxi Visitors Center, not far from the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.

- Visiting the Biloxi Lighthouse without a Tour - Guided tours aren’t the only way to enjoy the Biloxi Lighthouse. Many guests simply visit the lighthouse and walk around its exterior, taking photographs and admiring the scenery. Local attractions include fishing charters, casino games, and the soft sands of the Biloxi Beach. For more information on the Biloxi Lighthouse, you can get in touch with the Biloxi museum team at museums@biloxi.ms.us.