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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

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Address: 100 Red Cox Drive, Saint Augustine, FL 32080
Phone Number:
+1 904-829-0745
Today
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is more than...

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.

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I had been TO the St Augustine Lighthousr before, but never actually taken a "tour!" Soooo much to see and learn here for all ages! The tour we took was given by a volunteer... read more

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had been TO the St Augustine Lighthousr before, but never actually taken a "tour!" Soooo much to see and learn here for all ages! The tour we took was given by a volunteer, Herman, who takes his volunteerism seriously and makes you feel like he is your own grandfather telling you his History. The steps to the top of... More 

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Neptune Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Climbing to the top of the St. Augustine lighthouse is a must for any adventurous visitor. The views are amazing of the ocean, intercoastal and city. They also have a cute gift shop, snack bar (with beer!) and even a little playground for kids.

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Thank BelleCase
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unlike many lighthouses we've visited, this one you can actually go into, and climb to the top. It is 219 steps, on a spiral staircase, so can be a little strenuous but there are landing where you can stop on the way up. The views are incredible from the top and well worth the climb. This was well worth the... More 

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Thank Annette S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This beautiful old lighthouse has lots of history and has been lovingly preserved. We were a family of 5 adults and found it a bit pricey to enjoy.

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Thank 265annh
Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were in town on a really sunny day so it was good to climb the 291 steps to the top. My kids really liked the playground and nature path. It wasn't too busy and the climb is not too bad, worth it to see the view.

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Thank lisa0916
St. Augustine, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It had been a while since I visited the lighthouse and most of the time I tend to think about the tower as the real draw to the site, but I was floored by the new exhibit called Wrecked and what all there is available at the Lighthouse! You can tell the staff love what they do and they are... More 

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Thank James S
Savannah, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have visited this lighthouse several times with my family and others and have to say it is nice but nothing really has changed, lol. I joke about it because my father-in -law always wants to go back and it is always the same. It is now Disney world.

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Thank doinit_family
Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to burn some calories climbing to earn your view. Do not forget to go into the basement and the second floor of the lighthouse keepers quarters for interesting exhibits. Educational, Exercise with a great view. Each flight of steps in the light house has a place to catch your breath.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First time I've been to a lighthouse that didn't let you walk the grounds unless you paid. I've been to a few other ones in Florida and other states and didn't have to pay to just walk the grounds. Im terrified of heights but enjoy visiting the rest of the grounds. A shame because they seemed really nice. What I... More 

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Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum has new things since last time I went, and it is always clean and nice to visit. Climbing to the top has been the highlight since I was a child. Always on my list of spots to visit as a native Floridian!

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