Oak Island Lighthouse
Address: 300 Caswell Beach Rd, Caswell Beach, NC 28465
Price Range: free
The Oak Island Lighthouse, the last lighthouse to be built in NC, was completed in 1958. The lights are 169 feet above the water, as reported on nautical charts, and can be seen for 16 miles. The actual structure is 153 feet tall, but it stands on a slight rise. There is no spiral staircase as found in most older lighthouses, but instead a series of ships ladders with a total of 131 steps to the gallery level. Tours to the top of the Lighthouse, up 131 steps to an outside balcony, are available all year by appointment for climbers 9 years of age or older. Top tours must be made through the Lighthouse website at least 2 weeks in advance, From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Lighthouse is open for tours to the second level (up only 12 steps) on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 AM - 2 PM to anyone age 7 or older.