North East

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum – Still Keeping the Light on

8 landings and 219 steps will take you to the top of this lighthouse whose first oil lamp was lit in 1874. On each of the 8 landings one can stop, rest and read the story panels telling the story of this magnificent marvel that can be seen for miles, and once at the top one can take in the breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean below.

See the oil room and keepers office and view everyday objects used throughout the years. Visit the 1876 Keepers house and see how the Lighthouse Keeper and his family lived. Learn about shipwrecks and how they are discovered and explored in Wrecked and archaeological hands on exhibit. Hear the stories of local families who helped create the shrimping and and boat building industry in north east Florida. In the Maritime Heritage park see the boat building presentation as volunteers build boats using old techniques of the area.

For those who are unable to climb the steps of the lighthouse stop into to the Maritime center and view the Legends of the Light where you will experience the stories of the lighthouse and get a view from the top.

The Saint Augustine lighthouse continues to be a fully functional lighthouse and is a Smithsonian affiliate as well as a member of the American Alliance of Museums.

For a different lighthouse experience reserve your spot on The Dark of the Moon ghost tour where with glow sticks in hand you will be guided through stories of one of the most haunted sites in Saint Augustine.

The Ripley’s Red Train Trolley has a stop at the Saint Augustine Lighthouse and Old Town Trolley Tours provides a beach side shuttle to the lighthouse as part of their service.

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