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Northeast Coast Sights

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

Updated 04/24/2014

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It's unusual to find a lighthouse tucked into a residential neighborhood. This 1874 version replaced an earlier one built when the city was founded in 1565. Although its beacon no longer guides ships, it does draw thousands of visitors each year, in part because it has a reputation for being haunted. The visitor center has a museum with exhibits on the U.S. Coast Guard, historic boat building, maritime archaeology, and the life of a lighthouse keeper—whose work involved far more than light housekeeping. You have to climb 219 steps to reach the peak, 140 feet up, but the wonderful view and fresh ocean breeze are well worth it. Children must be at least 44" tall to make the ascent. The museum also conducts evening "Dark of the Moon Paranormal" tours ($25) and "Sunset-Moonrise" tours ($25) that include a champagne toast and light hors d'oeuvres.

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81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, Florida, 32080, USA

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  • $9.75
  • Daily 9–6

Updated 04/24/2014


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May 16, 2014

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This Lighthouse is a gem in St Augustine. Located on Anastasia Island climb to the top and see the curvature of the Earth. Great Playground for the kids. Perfect place to have a picnic. Visit: StAugustineBeach.ORG

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Dec 31, 2007

Beautiful Place!

And Still shining Brightly every night. I'm a local but I love it there. Look for discount coupons in the local tourist advertising, or become a member like me and get free admission all year.

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