St Augustine Lighthouse And MuseumCurrently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- 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
St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum - Review
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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St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum, St Augustine Reviews
The lighthouse was absolutely beautiful! The employees there were very kind and helpful. My daughter was just 2in below the 44in minimum for going up into the lighthouse, so they made her feel like a captain and gave her a very important job of keeping the map, which made up for not being allowed up in the lighthouse. They were all very kind. It’s a beautiful place and kept up very well. Would definitely love to visit again when we have more time. It’s a must do when visiting St. Augustine!
This was a fun stop full of lots of interesting historical artifacts and presentations. We visited during a time when crowds were light, so we were able to take our time and enjoy reading all the fascinating details about the lighthouse and the people who lived there. The climb to the top of the lighthouse was moderately strenuous mainly due to the heat, but well worth it. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The gift shop was well stocked with plenty of reasonably priced, interesting merchandise. There is also a small restaurant/bar on the grounds and a nice picnic area.
Love this lighthouse, first visit and have. Never seen one before. The painted black and white exterior of the lighthouse is so cool. Very neat looking up at it from the grounds. The walk up the stairs is worth the view up top. Definitely take a bottle of water and be hydrated before you go. It is warm inside as you go up, the heat rises and even with the small windows open and breezes are getting in, it's going to be hot. There are either a bench or a small chair to sit on to give yourself a break as you climb, take it and climb to the next level. The Marine archeological part is very interesting. The guided mini tour is worth sitting in on. The history of lighthouse and sunken ships are fascinating. There are some a/c cooled places but give yourself some time to enjoy the site. I was there 2.5hrs.
The lighthouse is AWESOME! It is about 10 stories high and you have to climb the stairs. Along the way there are encouraging signs and fun facts about the lighthouse's history. On top there is a picturesque view of all of St. Augustine, and it is especially fun when it is windy up there. In addition to the lighthouse, there is a museum in the home of the family that lived there, several handmade models of ships, and a gift shop with lots of souvenirs at reasonable prices. There is also a fun playground for the kids, and several short nature trails. Plan at least three hours for this place.
Very historic and educational. Only toured the lighthouse and surrounding buildings. There is other group tours. I only wanted to see the view from the lighthouse and it was amazing. The only downside was the wait at the top. There is just a narrow set of steps for the last flight to the top and it was backed up for at least 20 minutes. Nobody outside could come down and nobody inside could go up. Finally someone had enough sense to ask everyone to go back down to the last landing and wait. Probably 30-35 people came in and we were able to go up and out. It was spectacular. I will be back for future visits. Lovely town, lovely people.