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Old Baldy has great history

I poured all of Bald Head Island and the lighthouse. My guide was a long-time resident and knew... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Oak Island, North Carolina
Olde Baldy & Smith Island Museum of History

Bald Island Lighthouse, 101 Light House Wynd, Bald Head Island, BC 28461, oldest light on the NC... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2018
Vero Beach, Florida
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OLD BALDY LIGHTHOUSE IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. WE WILL REOPEN MARCH 1, 2019. Old Baldy, built 1817, is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Restoration projects by the not for profit Old Baldy Foundation allows visitors today to enjoy the tower and...more
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101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461-3982
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I poured all of Bald Head Island and the lighthouse. My guide was a long-time resident and knew about the ecological areas, all the plants, wildlife, and history. She was very willing to answer questions. This tour was in a golf cart. If you have...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Bald Island Lighthouse, 101 Light House Wynd, Bald Head Island, BC 28461, oldest light on the NC coast) aka locally “Olde Baldy” is the 2nd generation lighthouse built, active in 1817, the first lighthouse replaced by Olde Baldy went active in 1794. The lighthouses were...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

We climb this lighthouse almost every time we are in NC. When you get to the top there is amazing view!!!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Andrewwwwwwww_sssss
Reviewed 27 August 2018

This is the first lighthouse we visited on our quest to visit all the NC lighthouses. The climb isn't too bad, but on a hot day it can get stuffy. Be ready for the ladder and smallish opening to get to the top. Great view...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank conklins
Reviewed 15 August 2018

The island historical tour with Travis was incredible! It was a complete tour of the island and it’s history, with many interesting facts. Travis was a great guide.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Old Baldy was a fun and quick trip. $6 12 & up. $3 under. Easy parking. No lines. 108 steps. Steps are wood and well maintained. New-ish. The top is a ladder. Only 5-6 people can fit at top. You need to wait on landing...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 173amyr173
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

This lighthouse is really special !! The 108 steps aren’t too bad .. but be ready for the ladder and smallish opening to get to the top. The climb though, is well worth it! The view of Bald Head Island from top is terrific !!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

1st stop after securing some rental bikes. $6/each to go up to top, worth it, but some people may not be able to fit in top stairway section. Great views.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 2014BC
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

“Old Baldy” was what my three small grandchildren called the lighthouse every time we passed by on our golf cart. They are two and three years old. It was fun to see their excitement when they recognized the lighthouse. The climb up the lighthouse steps...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank brittsh1
Reviewed 10 July 2018

The climb results in a great view of the surroundings. They recently enclosed the stairs to the top which kept us from previous climbing. This really improved the climb.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Thomas A
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23 July 2018|
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Response from mclaystewart | Reviewed this property |
We went during a similar week last year and they had a ton available for rent.
Marion W
2 September 2017|
Response from zrt29 | Reviewed this property |
I believe they will be. You can go to the website & get the contact information. I do know they will be open on the 2nd & 3rd. based on the websites events calendar.
Hannah D
18 April 2017|
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Response from Mark G | Reviewed this property |
I would assume they are open; just in case call before heading out.