St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum, St Augustine
About St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum, St Augustine
St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum, St Augustine - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 100 Red Cox Rd, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Ticket Price: 10 USD
Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
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Lying across the bay the lighthouse is illuminated like a beacon. It is impressive in in black and white spiral and was used as a lookout post for enemy ships and submarines which frequented the coastline. A light was emitted from a system of lamps and lenses and used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways. The Saint Augustine Lighthouse was built in 1874 and converted into a museum in 1994.
The original lighthouse of St. Augustine was a wooden watchtower built by Spaniards in the late 1500s in order to shelter themselves from seafaring attackers and to navigate other Spanish ships and traders to their lively port. Unfortunately, the watchtower was burned to the ground by Sir Francis Drake during an attack in 1586. Following this, a coquina tower was built on the site in 1683 from the ruins of a stone chapel. This lighthouse lasted 200 years, but fell to shoreline erosion in 1880. As a result of the threat of erosion, the current tower was built further inland in 1874.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse is an attractive and informative museum. Enjoy the most spectacular view in Northeast Florida from the top overlooking the Matanzas Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from Anastasia Island. Climb up 219 steps to discover the glorious history of this lighthouse in the Keeper’s House museum. Archaeologists have discovered a number of historic shipwrecks along with other maritime sites such as breakwaters, plantation wharf remains, and the remains of Florida's first lighthouse.
The museum also researches boat building and the history of the local and regional shrimping industry, and maintains an assortment of World War II artefacts focusing on the history of the U.S. Coast Guard in St. Augustine. The Lighthouse also maintains a volunteer-driven heritage boat building program, which has built a number of traditional wooden boats from various time periods in the port's history.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the past and keeping alive the story of the nation's oldest port. By offering educational opportunities, the museum maintains the memories of those who came before us. It also offers maritime archaeological research, summer camps, home school days and hands on tour.
There are Program scholarships for underprivileged youth, internships, and scholarly investigations. The St. Augustine Lighthouse lobbies for national preservation issues in Tallahassee and on Capitol Hill. They work directly with government agencies to insure that America's castles survive for generations to come. Preserving the Past for Future Generations. The lighthouse also has an oral history library in its permanent collection that continues to grow.
They are an official partner of the Library of Congress Veteran's History Project. They are enthusiastically seeking local stories to share about this great time in the First Coast's history. They work to be the finest light station and maritime museum in the world.
St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum Information
- The self-guided tour includes: Shipyard Play Area, 360 degrees views, Shipwreck artefacts, 1876 Keepers House Exhibits, Maritime hammock nature trails & Keepers Cafe.
- Children must be 44 inches tall to climb the tower; children under 44" tall receive free museum admission.
- Sunset/Moonrise Tour: Enjoy drinks and appetizers as you watch the sunset and the moonrise over the ancient city from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
- Dark of the Moon Tour: The only after dark tour of the lighthouse. Hear the spooky tales and unexplained phenomenon surrounding the lighthouse and its occupants. Limited space available.
- Sunrise Tour: Enjoy a Florida sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. This tour takes you behind the scenes of the lives of the Lighthouse Keepers. 1 hr 30 min.
- Behind the Scenes Tour: Discover relics of maritime history with this tour of the maritime archaeological artefact conservation lab. This guided tour takes you through areas of the Lighthouse not open to general admission.
- Exclusive Lens Room Tour: Indulge in a premium and personal tour behind the scenes of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum with special access to the Lens Room. Enjoy breakfast and drinks at the top of the world as you experience the lighthouse in full operation sending a stream of light across the coast of St. Augustine. 1hr 30mins, 4 guests, $500 per person.
- There are 219 steps to the top, equivalent to 13 stories. So be careful and take time.
- They do sell water and beverages around the grounds and snacks are available in the keepers' cafe.
- Grab a souvenir in the gift shop. For discounts on tours and purchases, ask about their museum memberships.
St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum Ticket Prices
- For Adults: $9.95
- For Seniors (60 & over): $7.95
- Children (Age 12 or under and 44" or taller): $7.95
- Dark Of The Moon Ghost Tour: $ 25; Lost Ships Archaeology Tour: $ 20; Sunset/Moonrise Tour: $ 25.00
- Behind The Scenes for $ 15; General Admission + T-Shirt Value Pack for $ 20; Ghost Combo: Dark of The Moon + General Admission for $ 30
How To reach St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum by Public Transport
- Sunshine Bus Company
Restaurants Near St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum
- Gypsy Cab Co Restaurant: American
- Anastasia Kitchen: Breakfast, desserts
- Creative Juices Natural Cafe: Juice, smoothies, vegan, soups and salad
- Nalu’s: Seafood
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I took my wife to the lighthouse on our anniversary trip, and we really enjoyed our experience. The buildings and grounds were well maintained and attractively decorated. I enjoy history, but would not consider myself an aficionado of naval history. The museum did a great job of telling a compelling story to hold my interest. The exhibits on naval history, focusing on local industry like shrimping, gave a nice view into the turn of the 20th century. I enjoyed the ship building exhibits. The afternoon to detail and the finish of the boats built by volunteers was impressive. The focal point, however, was clearly the lighthouse and keepers quarters. The keeper's home was very well restored, and did a nice job of showing the life of the families who lived in the island, separated from the mainland. The steps up to the top of the lighthouse provided a beautiful entry to the solitary life of the keeper. The sea breeze, let in by windows that became more numerous as we spiraled upward, made the climb comfortable, despite a bit of effort needed to make it up the 200+ steps. Once at the top, the view was spectacular.
“Real Life History Lesson” My nine-year-old grandsons birthday road trip ended on a grand note. I decided that another history lesson was in store so I took an unplanned trip to St. Augustine, Florida. The lighthouse and maritime museum at this location was one of first in the many lighthouses I have visited over the course of nineteen years. I wanted him to experience the history and climb for himself. St. Augustine boasts of being the “Nations Oldest Port City.” The inviting black, white wrap around stripes and bright red cupola are a visual treat as you approach the lighthouse from the road. Standing 165 ft. above sea level, the 1874 light tower and the 1876 keepers house is a wonderful testament to the efforts of all its volunteers that maintain its beauty. Although somewhat nervous and regretful that he wore flip-flops, my grandson climbed all 219 stairs to the top. With his own camera, he photographed views of northeast Florida as we went around the catwalk. He also enjoyed the artifacts and interactive boards in the light-keepers home. You will also find that their gift shop is very well stocked. During our visit I picked up some great items that were on sale. At the time of this writing, tickets for adults were 12.95 and 10.95 for children 12 and under.(No AAA discounts) There is a park across the street if you need a break or want to picnic. Overall: For those who are lovers of lighthouses’ like I am, this is worth the stop.
This place is another amazing Florida stop! If you’re looking to go for photos or to experience a lighthouse this is your one to pick over other such as ponce de Leon inlet lighthouse. The entrance is again very reasonable for this visit ($20 for 2 adults). There is so much to offer and perfect for the kiddos. There was a wedding going on also so apparently you can get married also. Parking is easy and everyone is super nice. Don’t forget to grab a beer on the way through
Good place to visit. Hiking trails available which includes fun "treasure hunts" to look for. Concession stands around the facility including A/C rooms where you can look at displays and hang out for a bit. Lighthouse is great and rewarding once you make it to the top. Overpriced in my opinion, but overall good.
This is a cool place if you are interested in maritime history. The grounds are very nicely laid out; with play area for kids, exhibits, walking trail and of course the lighthouse. Climbing inside the 165 ft lighthouse, can be challenging if you are afraid of heights but the veiw from the top is breathtaking and is well worth it.
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