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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Ranked #12 of 192 things to do in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is more than you might expect! Climb 219 steps for a breathtaking view of both St. Aug and the beaches. Or go below to discover object from a British shipwreck. Take free with admission guided tours at 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Or come early at 9 am to beat the heat. Late in the day is also cooler and we are open all summer until 7 pm. Families can enjoy a self guided tour that includes a shipyard playground and a short nature trail. A small-craft boat building exhibition is on site, and you can see archaeologists at work on objects from under the sea. In the keepers' house see "At Home with the Harns in Post Civil War Household," which tells the story of Major William Harn who was at both Ft Sumter and Gettysburg as an artillery commander. He and his family lived as lighthouse keepers for 20 years after the war. Also climb aboard the sandbar in WRECKED! an exhibition about a 1782 British shipwreck following the American Revolution. Our Archaeologists have discovered this story just for you. Visitors can also encounter ghosts and spirits on the nighttime, Dark of the Moon tour, which is the only St. Augustine ghost tour that gets you inside the Lighthouse tower. Book this tour in advance because it fills up fast. And book mid-week to avoid the crowds. For general admission purchase your tickets on-line in advance w/coupon code LH15 to get a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Or join on the porch with a family membership for discounts to local attractions, and 20% off in the Museum shop as well as free admission all year long. There is always more to come at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in St. Augustine, you need to visit this lighthouse. It should be on the top 1 or 2 things to do while you're in town. It's a beautiful lighthouse that you can climb and check out the views from the top. Only 219 steps separate you from the ground and a fantastic view. Note that you do need to pay to get in. But you can also tour the keeper's house and check out how they salvage shipwrecks. Very interesting place. Go early and beat the heat and the crowds!

Thank ZeusSNC
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The climb to the top of the lighthouse is definitely worth it! The views are spectacular! Before descending the steps, be sure to make a left hand turn to see the huge lens. The museum and Keeper’s house are educational and interesting.

Thank Sunshine_Cher
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I walked to the top for the view, which I recommend if you can do it - but it is not easy so think about your fitness level. There are places to rest, however if its at a crowded time frame that will not be a good idea as others are trying to pass up and down. Overall I recommend this, it was educational and fun, and very we'll maintained.. The view from the top allows you to look back at the Castillo and St Augustine.

Thank Kristine G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't miss the lighthouse! Get to climb up to the top and good exhibits -- really liked the basement of the lighthouse keepers home with the items they have found in the sea. Well done!

Thank Traveler CT
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Climbing the lighthouse was great! The best part was taking pictures up and down the staircase. The view up top is great too. Only drawback is poor signage guiding you there. Frustrating! Overall very nice.

Thank shoopafun
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