I didn't of course. Climb the lighthouse I mean. For a view of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding marshes one pays 50 cents and climbs 167 steps to end up 132 feet above the ground. I managed to climb the one at Key West, but I wanted to see Fort Taylor (which I didn't do), but I don't need to see the Atlantic.
The Hunting Island Lighthouse was originally constructed in 1859 and rebuilt in 1875 after it was destroyed during the Civil War. The lighthouse was constructed using cast iron plates and was designed to be dismantled in case it ever needed to be relocated. As fate would have it, due to erosion of the beach in 1889, the lighthouse was moved inland 1 1/4 miles from its original site to where it presently stands. It remained in service until it was decommissioned in 1933.
This is the only lighthouse in the state of South Carolina open to the public.
To get to Hunting Island you will drive on Highway 21, which goes through historic Beaufort. This is a good place to stop and get something to eat before heading to the island. The old section of the town is picturesque and walkable. If you take an hour or so to explore, you will see a lot of old houses (some in the shotgun style), and a cemetery with graves going back to the 1600's. The historic downtown also has plenty of places to eat.