Climb 219 steps to the top of the St Augustine Lighthouse fora view you won’t soon forget.
It’s breathtaking; and not just from climbing all those stairs!
There are eight landings, one with a bench for resting as you make your way to the top. It really is quite a workout.
There is no elevator as such things didn’t exist in 1874!
It took three years, from 1871 – 1874, to build the Lighthouse. In 1876 the brick light keeper’s house was added. It was used by the light keeper’s and their assistants until the light was automated in 1955.
The top of the tower is 165 feet above sea level. The beacon is a first order Fresnel lens which consists of 370 hand-cut glass prisms arranged in a beehive shape.
It remains an active aid to navigation today. You can see the light from most anywhere in the area after dark.
In 1970 a fire gutted the Keeper’s House. The Junior Service League took on the restoration project in 1980 and opened the museum to the public in 1988. Their successful preservation effort has become a model for other lighthouses nationwide.
The Museum features several exhibits and stores a vast collection of WWII artifacts.
Allow at least an hour to tour the site and climb the tower. Unique maritime gifts and lighthouse replicas can be found in the museum store. So save a little time for shopping!
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Daily
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Tower may be closed during inclement weather.
Admission to Tower and Museum: Adults – $8.00
Seniors (60 +) – $7.00
Children (6 – 11) – $6.00 (Children must be 44 inches to climb the tower.)
Museum & Grounds: Adults – $6.00
Seniors – $5.00
Children – $4.00
81 Lighthouse Avenue
St Augustine FL 32080
NOTE: Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the attraction.
*Review – The St Augustine Lighthouse Museum and tour is an attraction that often gets overlooked.
Maybe part of the reason is that the St Augustine Lighthouse is located across the Bridge of Lions, on Anastasia Island. Since most of the attractions (except the Alligator Zoological Park) are located on the mainland, the lighthouse gets overlooked.
The museum is very interesting, and you can get an idea of how the lightkeepers actually lived. After all, Anastasia Island wasn’t always a popular place to live — it was lonelier back in those days.
If the day is nice (i.e. there is no lightening), you can climb to the top of the lighthouse and see a magnificent view of both the city of St. Augustine, as well as the ocean.
Gail – Florida, USA