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St. Marks Lighthouse

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Address: Tallahassee, FL
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Originally completed in 1830, I believe this is the second oldest lighthouse in Florida and it's still working, albeit automated. It's about 10 miles or so from the main road... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Camberley, United Kingdom
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Originally completed in 1830, I believe this is the second oldest lighthouse in Florida and it's still working, albeit automated. It's about 10 miles or so from the main road (coastal highway 98), there's a $5 per car entrance fee into the wildlife refuge and a large visitors centre and car park just beyond the toll booth. There's also restroom... More 

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Halifax Region, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Florida's 2nd oldest lighthouse is an absolute treat to visit. Situated on an impressively large natural wildlife refuge, St. Mark's Lighthouse is quite awesome. The landscape it overlooks is quite different from any other lighthouse I've visited (and I've been to quite a few), which I truly didn't appreciate until seeing it from the drone's perspective (see the photos I've... More 

Thank Peyts69
Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Very nice park with clean facilities. Park at main entrance to shop the gift store & grab a map if you plan to hike. I totally forgot bug spray but it was not too awful. Really neat lighthouse & the keepers house opens for tours. Check their Facebook page for dates. $5 per vehicle entrance fee. Take a lunch or... More 

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Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

St. Marks Lighthouse is the 2nd oldest lighthouse in Florida. Completed in 1831, it has survived the Seminole Indian War, Civil War, and several devastating hurricanes. Over the years oil, kerosene, and electricity have powered the lamp which can be seen up to 15 miles. Visit is restricted to grounds only, access through St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Keeper house... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Off the main road about twenty minutes each way, you'll find the St Marks Lighthouse overlooking the gulf. It is a $5 per vehicle entry fee into the site which (as I understand it) goes towards conservation of the area. We arrived just as the weather was turning so we experienced what we described as our first Florida apocalypse. It... More 

Thank Jean B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

It was a beautiful lighthouse but I think it should be open more than just four hours one day a month. We went today when it was suppose to be open but the lighthouse keeper was sick so we couldn't go inside. There should at least be other people that can open the lighthouse when the keeper is sick. We... More 

Thank Shayla S
Clinton, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Beautiful area. It's a fantastic place to go walking and visiting the light house. You can't go in but there is a lot of out door stuff to do there. Watch for the gators.

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Alligator Point, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

watch out for sandgnats , yellow flies and biting flies at slack tides wth no wind. other then that a good place to walk around and check out fishing spots, do a little crabbing, or just check out nature in north florida. nature trail about 1/2 mile to jetty is possible wheel chair accsess most way. fun to go in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

A nice drive to get to and a nice area for photographing the lighthouse. Mosquitoes might be a problem so bring bug spray. There are areas for walking and porta-potties are available nearby.

Thank hubjeanne
Monroe, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This first day I was not able to find the Lighthouse ( light house road did not show up on my GPS) however when I found the road and made the drive in I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of wildlife I saw including several deer a bobcat many many birds and two alligators. The light house was impressive... More 

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