Old Baldy is the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina. Built in 1817 to light the mouth of the Cape Fear river back in the days of rogues and pirates, it has been a landmark ever since.
Old Baldy has been restored, and for $5 per adult and $3 per child, you can tour a small museum and go up in the actual lighthouse. And I do mean up. Over 100 stairs to climb!
There are windows on the landings along the way, which offer spectacular views of the island.
The higher up you go, the more narrow the stairs get. Until finally, all that is between you and the top is this steep little wooden ladder.
And then you can look back down through a hole in the center of the floor, and see all those stairs you just climbed! Dizzy yet?
Once you admire the view from the top, you get to go back down.
Pierce was a champ and did the whole thing with no help from me. Then we hiked halfway across the island to check out some shops and grab ice cream.
There were 3 tired little boys on the ferry ride home: