St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum, St Augustine

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  • Address: 100 Red Cox Rd, Saint Augustine, FL 32084, St Augustine, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-9048290745
  • Ticket Price: 10 USD
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Light House, View Point, Family And Kids, Architecture , Specialty Museum
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About St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum, St Augustine

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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  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum

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St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum, St Augustine Reviews

  • I personally enjoy visiting lighthouses, so for me this was a fantastic place to visit. I Enjoyed the climb up the 219 stairs! My seven year old daughter even made the climb up with us. There are several places to stop and rest if need be, but also interesting facts to read on the way up or down. The view from the top was incredible. The keepers house is also worth walking through. I believe it was $12 to get close to and climb the lighthouse.

  • They have tour guides to tell history, interesting facts about how it was built, the Coast Guard, etc. Then there is boat building and artifacts from scuba excavations. How the team maps, documents and determine what they have found. The light house is beautiful, the climb up has several landings to give a break from the climb. The house is beautiful and full of history. It does help you to appreciate our modern era. The tour itself was all ground level. The house and climbing lighthouse you must be able to climb stairs. There are scattered activities for children, so all ages can enjoy this place.

  • So much fun. Me my family and family friends have a great time at Castillo de San Marcos. The historic values were amazing and interesting. Live gun and cannon fire multiple times a day if weather permits on top deck. Also there is a pizza place voted #2 in America. Only a 10-15 minute walk from fortress!!! Has a blast on the trolley but unfortunately there was no parking for the Christmas lights which we had already paid for which was why we went. The BEST weekend we have had in a long time!!!

  • They warn you before you go but the climb is a lot. It is 14 stories high and 216 steps. The stairs are a bit tight, you can't really fit two people side by side which can be a little hard when people need to pass but not a big deal. We just waited to make sure no one was coming. The view was nice and we got a bunch of good pictures. The museum part of it was alright but the main focus is the lighthouse. It was fun and I enjoyed it.

  • We did the ghost tour last night. It was great! The guide had tons of info and it was cool to learn about the lighthouse. We got to climb to the top at night which was great to see downtown lights. We got some free time to investigate the grounds and it was amazing to get to to. Will be back for sure!!

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