Lighthouses were originally built in South Carolina to warn mariners of dangerous shallows and rocky coasts by guiding boats safely into and out of harbors. Luckily, many in and around Charleston are now beautiful sites for locals and tourists.
We’ve made a list of five around the Holy City that are worth a quick beach trip.
1. Charleston Light
Charleston Light is located on Sullivan’s Island and has worked since 1962. Architect John Graham designed it. Visitors cannot go into the lighthouse. However, you can take boat tours around it.
2. Morris Island Lighthouse
Morris Island Light is located on Morris Island. It stands on the southern side of the entrance to Charleston Harbor, just north of Folly Beach. It is the tallest lighthouse in South Carolina, standing at 161 ft. Tourists can pay for different boat tours that will take you to the beautiful lighthouse, and if they’re lucky, they’ll be able to see dolphins, birds, and even sea turtles.
3. Hunting Island Lighthouse, Beaufort
This lighthouse is the only publicly accessible lighthouse in the state. For admission of only $2, visitors can climb up 167 steps and walk around the observation deck. The views are impressive. However, make sure you make a reservation first, as only six visitors are allowed at one time.
4. Haig Point Range Lights, Daufuskie Island
Located in Daufuskie Island, Haig Point’s lighthouse is only 40-feet tall and was constructed in 1872. The whole area is now a member-operated private club that features luxurious suites for visitors and residents. You can learn more about Haig Point on their official website.
5. Georgetown Light, Georgetown
The Georgetown Light continues to operate until this day by the Coast Guard. It is located within the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center Heritage Preserve. Tourists are recommended to take the best pictures of it by booking a boat tour.
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