Northeast Coast Sights

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

  • 81 Lighthouse Ave. Map It
  • St. Augustine
  • Historic District/Site

Published 09/18/2015

Fodor's Review

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 boatbuilding, 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 inches tall to make the ascent. The museum also conducts evening "Dark of the Moon Paranormal" tours ($25) and "Sunset-Moonrise" tours ($30) that include a Champagne toast and light hors d'oeuvres.

Sight Information


81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, Florida, 32080, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $9.95
  • Daily 9–6

Published 09/18/2015


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