A BRIEF HISTORY

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse – The Tallest Lighthouse in Florida

At one hundred and seventy-five feet tall, the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest in Florida and yes, John and I climbed the entire 203 steps in order to take in the stunning view from the top.

The view is not the only fascinating thing to take in at the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse as this is a historic landmark with a ton of history having guided mariners now for over 130 years.

On November 1st, 1887 the kerosene lamp was first lit and it could be seen twenty miles out at sea. Back in 1887, the inlet was known as mosquito inlet but the real estate boom of the late 1920s prompted a name change to something a little more appealing to would-be property buyers.

In a landmark this old there are a lot of stories to tell and many exhibits to take in and the lighthouse itself is only part of the experience so this adventure easily requires a couple of hours or more to completely see.

Unless you are in tip-top shape, a climb to the top of the lighthouse is no easy feat so I would like to make the following suggestion: Take in the outbuildings and all the museum exhibits first and save the lighthouse climb for last. After John and I completed the lighthouse climb and the descent back down the narrow steps, our legs were shaking and our bodies exhausted, making it more difficult to thoroughly view and enjoy all the exhibits.

The tour of the original buildings and the lighthouse itself is all self-guided so you can take your time, a map will be provided at entry.

To climb to the top one needs to wear the appropriate shoes. Flip flops are not allowed.

Located about 25 minutes south of Daytona Beach at 4931 S. Peninsula Drive Ponce Inlet, FL. We found the visit to be an unbelievable value with admission being only Adults (age 12+): $6.95
Children (age 3-11): $1.95 Infants (age 0-2) free

Hours of Operation: Regular Hours
Sept. 3, 2019 – May 24, 2020
Open Daily, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Last Admission at 5:00 PM)

Summer Hours
May 25, 2020 – Sept. 7, 2020
Open Daily, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
(Last Admission at 6:00 PM)

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