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Island Wide Historic Tour

The Bald Head Island Historical Tour is a comprehensive, island-wide experience aboard a golf cart. Your tour begins at Deep Point Marina where you take the 10:00 am ferry(ferry tickets not included) to Bald Head Island. Your trained guide will pick you up from the Bald Head Island Marina and proceed to drive across the island while discussing four centuries of Bald Head Island's history. Themes include piracy, colonization, the U.S. Lighthouse Service, U.S. Life-Saving Service, and development of Bald Head into an island resort. Your Bald Head Island Tour ticket includes admission into the Smith Island Museum of History, admission to climb Old Baldy Lighthouse, and a 10% discount in the Old Baldy Foundation gift shop. Reservations are required, space is limited. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am on the Island already?

  • Please meet your guide at the BHI Marina between 10:00- 10:15. Our guide will contact you the morning of the tour to check in. 

Where is Deep Point Marina?

  • 1301 Ferry Rd SE, Southport, NC 28461

How much are ferry tickets to Bald Head?

  • $23/Adult or $12/Ages 3-12. All tickets are round-trip. 

Are reservations required for the ferry?

  • Reservations are not required but we do recommend getting them. Please purchase your ticket upon your arrival to the ferry terminal.  If you reserve a trip back to mainland make it 1:30 at the earliest. 

Where is the lighthouse from the Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal?

  • Old Baldy Lighthouse is a short walk from the Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal. The lighthouse is clearly visible from the ferry terminal. Head towards the lighthouse on one of the many paved roads. Should you need additional directions, please seek assistance from the transportation staff wearing blue polos. 

Are ferry tickets included in my tour admission?

  • All tours sponsored by the Old Baldy Foundation exclude ferry tickets. Ferry tickets are an additional expense. Please purchase ferry tickets upon your arrival to Deep Point Marina. 

What should I bring on my tour?

  • Sturdy walking shoes, bug spray, sunscreen, water, snacks. Visiting Bald Head Island means you will be exposed to nature's elements. All seating areas at the lighthouse are outdoors. There are no seating areas inside with air conditioning/heat. Prepare as if you were day-trip hiking/camping. The lighthouse does not have vending machines. 

Do I need tickets in advance?

  • Yes! Often the tour is sold out weeks in advance.

Are dogs allowed?

  • No. Only service dogs are permitted on the tour. If you plan to bring a service dog please let us know if advance. 

Is the entire tour on the golf cart?

  • No! There are frequent stops with walking included. 


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