St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 a 1782 British shipwreck. Take guided tours, free with admission, on the hour 11 am - 3 pm. Check out the exhibits in the Keepers' House and Maritime Archaeology Center. Visitors also encounter ghosts on the nighttime Dark of the Moon tour, which is the only St. Augustine ghost tour that gets you inside the Lighthouse. Book in advance because it fills up fast, and book mid-week to avoid 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 as a family member for discounts to local attractions, and 20% off in the Museum shop as well as free admission all year long. Step up and make a difference at our non-profit museum. You help keep the light shining when you visit.
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  • brandi9361
    Fayetteville, Arkansas8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Thing We Did in St. Augustine
    This place is so cool! So much history and mystery! My husband and I visited twice: once for the daytime touring and again that night for the Dark of the Moon Tour. Do both if you can! The lighthouse history and its ties to the Civil War, WWI, and WWII are fascinating enough on their own. But then you have the mystery and reputed hauntings surrounding the site, too! There's something for everyone. They also recover and restore artifacts from shipwrecks onsite so that's really cool. We were thinking we'd only get good stuff at night. Our reason for visiting was to record episodes for my husband's podcast, The Strange Woods Podcast. He and his two childhood best friends do it for fun. It's for about weird, strange, unusual, and spooky things...like a haunted lighthouse! But the history and the grounds were awesome and definitely stand on their own. We ended up with 2 episodes! If you like spooky, spring for the Dark of the Moon Tour! It was amazing! TLDR: Go here and you'll love it!
    Thank you for your review. We're glad you and your family enjoyed both the daytime and evening tours. We're also gladded you were able to enjoy our history. Good luck with your podcasts!
    Written July 27, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Floridasailor_11
    Port Charlotte, Florida170 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view from the top…but somewhat difficult climb.
    The highlight is the view from the top of the lighthouse. However, it is 291 steps up…and exhausting. There are 8 “balconies” places to rest on the way up. Not for the weak of heart! The surrounding houses are the “museum” and mildly interesting.
    Thank you for your review. There are actually 219 steps. We're glad you used the balconies to rest and learn some history.
    Written July 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Shawn H
    Washington DC, District of Columbia408 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Up and Up and Up
    This tourist attraction is built around the lighthouse, and they added on some exhibits and there is a historic house as well. The things around the lighthouse are only mildly interesting and the overall experience probably isn't worth the ticket price - but you come to climb the tower and see the views - and it delivers on that. The climb up to the outdoor catwalk is a bit of a hike up grated stairs where you can see below your feet. I had to go carefully to avoid triggering my vertigo and my dad and I took breaks on the numerous landings. The view from the top was cool - as was the experience of having made it there. The gift shop was overwhelming with long lines and a bit of chaos with people unhappy about various special passes they bought.
    Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed the view and took advantage of the landings.
    Written August 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Amy C
    79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit
    This was a great place! The grounds are beautiful, and there is great attention to detail with the exhibits. Plenty of activities for children (playground, exploring, photo ops) of all ages. The climb up the lighthouse gave us great views. Came for the climb and stayed for the museum.
    Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed the grounds and all that is offered.
    Written August 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Crickett69
    112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting bit of history
    I love historical places. The lighthouse didn’t disappoint. We climbed the 219 steps to the top. No big deal, right? Ha! Do it in the august heat and then argue with me 😂 for anyone wondering, there are conveniently placed landings in the lighthouse with tidbits of information to read while you catch your breath. The presenters are knowledgeable. Other staff are helpful. Most of the buildings had A/C set on deep freeze, thank the lord. It was an enjoyable visit :)
    Thank you for your review. We're glad you made it to the top, could rest along the way, and found our staff and volunteers knowledgeable and helpful. Come back in December when it's not so hot!
    Written August 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Weekend_Travelers_3
    Palm Bay, Florida64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth another visit!
    Wow this experience has changed from 20+ years ago and is fantastic. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is well worth a trip. There is so much to see, read and of course do - like climbing the beautiful lighthouse. The volunteers are so informative, interesting and helpful. Be sure to check out everything there and take time to listen to the conservation lab volunteer. So glad we visited again!
    Thank you for visiting us again. We're glad you came back, found out volunteers helpful and enjoyed all we have offer. We hope to see you again, but don't wait 20 years.
    Written September 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Amber Powell
    Fitzgerald, Georgia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the climb!
    My husband and I had an amazing time climbing the lighthouse! It was my second time climbing to the top and his first! I was so excited to share the view with him and let him experience the climb while also learning about the lighthouse along the way. We will definitely be back!
    Thank you for your review. We look forward to your return.
    Written September 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Will M.
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Historic Lighthouse in America’s Oldest City
    For a mere $15 each, we scaled the heights of this historic lighthouse and captured the breathtaking vistas of America’s oldest city from the pinnacle. The grounds are mottled with historic exhibits that showcase the lighthouse’s rich history, including a dedicated museum. Each landing of the lighthouse features interesting photographs and trivia about the lighthouse as well. This is a must-see for anyone passing through the historic city of Saint Augustine.
    Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit, including the views and history.
    Written September 21, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • HHILoverOH
    Surfside Beach, South Carolina24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Lighthouse
    Although it was pouring buckets when we arrived, we managed to get inside the gift shop without getting too wet. Nice merchandise to remember your trip with. Because of the rain, the lighthouse was closed until the storm passed due to threat of lightning. Once the rain stopped and we were able to visit the grounds, we toured the lighthouse keeper's home. Charming. Interesting display in the basement from a shipwreck. Lovely gardens. As we are older, we did not climb the 219 steps up to the lighthouse, but took beautiful pictures. We toured the other buildings, seeing model ships and learning about the history of shipbuilding in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our day there.
    Thank you for your review. We're glad the rain did not deter you visiting all the grounds and learning all about the history of shipbuilding.
    Written September 25, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Valerie G
    North Port, Florida288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Lighthouse and Museum
    Of course the lighthouse is stunning but the grounds are amazing too! Loved visiting the museums and the kids enjoyed the ship shaped playground, which was the perfect resting point after climbing the lighthouse. The lighthouse is intimidating and I have a fear of heights. Even so we all made it up the lighthouse...(myself barely) including children ages 7, 8, and 9 who all made the climb without an issue. We did pass a family with an older child that was crying and some scared adults as well. If you have a serious fear of heights this climb is probably not for you. This is a fun adventurous stop for families of all sizes.
    Thank you for your review. We're glad you and your family enjoyed all the grounds at the Lighthouse.
    Written September 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
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DesignerMomm
St. Augustine, FL67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Overall the site was boring. I would have preferred an audio tour. The grounds were very well kept. ALL the staff were wearing masks but not at the cafe. We waited over 30mintutes in the blazing heat for the line to get into the light house. They are only allowing 30 people at a time however no one is wearing a mask except us. The tight stairway is manageable however not when others aren’t wearing masks! They even sold masks at the payment area and had plexiglass but then didn’t make people wear them? The Gift shop was a complete disaster over 40 people inside a VERY small space and no one wearing masks again! We wanted to buy souvenirs but it was so crowded we immediately left! The cafe had a long line and seemed to have MANY great options but the same problem no one wearing masks even the lady serving. The top of the light house is beautiful and you can see so much however not sure if those hand rails are sanitized? The man at the top had great stories and was very nice and wore a mask.
Written June 24, 2020
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Dear Reviewer, We are now requiring that guests wear masks in keeping with an Ordinance of the City of St. Augustine that requires mask wearing inside when social distancing is not possible. We have trafficked the site differently to spread out guests and allow only 15 people at the top of the tower at one time. This allows for adequate social distancing at the top of the tower. There is a line when it gets very busy. To avoid crowds I suggest visiting in the early morning or later in the evening. We are open until six pm. All our staff have been asked to wear masks when with the public... even in the Tin Pickle cafe, even though it is an open air environment. I will share your comments with the cafe manager. We have marked the grounds, store and cafe for proper social distancing as well. With over six acres in the open air there is plenty of room to do so. We clean surfaces every three hours, and we sanitize the hand rails in the tower every two hours as staff climb them. I hope that helps. Please try us again. Sincerely, Kathy A. Fleming Executive Director
Written July 6, 2020
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Alita
45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I enjoyed the grounds and self-guided tour. If you can make it to the top of the lighthouse, you will get fantastic scenery. I thought the entrance fee was a little high compared to other similar lighthouse museums but I still enjoyed it. Its just takes a few minutes to drive off the mainland and onto the island.
Written October 6, 2020
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We are please that enjoyed your visit Visitors helps our non-profit keep the light shining. Join us on our .org web site for discounts, program listings and more ways to #LoveYourLighthouse.
Written October 7, 2020
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TskMinn
St. Paul, Minnesota32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The museum was interesting, but small. But the point of visiting a lighthouse is to go up steps. Loved the oil room at the base of the stairs with a ridiculously heavy oil bucket you could heft, to get an appreciation for the keepers' job of lugging the oil up to the light. Actually a reasonable climb up - the stairs are wide and multiple landings to rest or let folks going in the other direction pass. Very friendly and informative volunteer at the top - even checked the wind speed for us when we commented on the wind and told us there was plenty leeway before they would close the walkway. Great views - watched birds flying around the Alligator Farm we had just visited.
Written February 19, 2020
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Dear Reviewer, Thanks for the awesome review. Next time you come, check out the maritime archaeology lab and the artifacts we are conserving from area shipwrecks. There is also a short nature trail that takes you through the maritime hammock. The lighthouse view and the wind changes each season, and your visit helps our non-profit keep it preserved and shining. So thank you again for the great description of the climb up 219 steps. We appreciate you. Cordially, Kathy A. Fleming Exec Director
Written February 21, 2020
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Danny S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The lighthouse and museum is an excellent place to include on your trip, where you can learn about boat building, military history, what life was like in colonial times and much more. Aside from climbing the lighthouse and reading the interesting anecdotes as you go, the highlight of the visit was talking to the boat builders as they constructed a wooden rowboat on site. You can also see how underwater artifacts are restored and how the lightkeepers and their families lived. Also, the gift shop is reasonably priced with some cool items, like bosun whistles, lighthouse mugs and other knickknacks.
Written December 1, 2020
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Wow! Thank you for the awesome 5 Star Review. We try to offer something for everyone and don't forget our walking trails, the World War II exhibit and of course a tasty snack at the Tin Pickle Cafe!
Written December 2, 2020
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Memaw & Papa
Social Circle, GA206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
There is so much history that comes to life when you visit this lighthouse. It is beautiful and worth every step to the top, but even if you don’t climb to the top the surrounding buildings make it worth the price of admission. Loved learning about how to preserve the past.
Written May 16, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and the wonderful review. We love bringing the history of St Augustine to life. The view is fabulous but don't forget, if you can't make the climb, the video of the view is available in the Maritime Ed building.
Written May 17, 2021
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Charles1019
North Fort Myers, FL4,661 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Cool place to see.The climb up the stairs of the lighthouse could be daunting for some. Due to COVID they were limiting access in terms of people coming down or up so that it was not crowded. You must wear a mask while inside all building so climbing can be an issue for some.

Very cool once you get to the top. The view is spectacular and a great view of the place where the old lighthouse used to sit. The museum is cool as well wit many artifacts throughout. They have one area where they are preparing artifacts removed for preservation and for future display.
Written July 27, 2020
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quantumresurrection
Cotuit, MA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We have taken many lighthouse tours. This was one of the very best. It is very tall but the steps are great and there are several large landings to rest which place you out of the way of others going both up and down. The keepers house was beautiful and well maintained. There are nice, mostly shaded paths on the property. There are several other buildings on the property with good displays. It may seem a little bit expensive, but it is worth every penny.
Written March 4, 2020
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janiewa
Punta Gorda, FL521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This is a charming facility with the lighthouse as well as a museum, other out buildings, a small cafe and gift shop. The venue does a nice job of explaining the history of the lighthouse as well as the information about the keepers and family. We climbed to the top of the lighthouse which is not very difficult as the stairs are wide and there are several landings. The view from the top is worth the price of admission, with a nice view of the city and the surrounding area. I would definitely make time for this lovely spot.
Written April 16, 2021
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Thank you so much for your wonderful 5 Star review. We work very hard to ensure a fun, educational visit for all. We greatly appreciate your support of our Local Non Profit Lighthouse. Admissions and donations keep our light shining and the doors open. Your review will encourage more visitors to visit.
Written April 17, 2021
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Lauren W
Hartwell, GA14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We just wanted to walk up the lighthouse and it was almost 13 dollars a person to go. We spent almost $30 to walk up to the top and walk back down. I think this price is way to much to just walk up to the top. Definitely not worth $13 a person!!
Written October 8, 2020
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I am so sorry to hear you were disappointed. Including the spectacular view from the top ,we offer six historic buildings including the keepers' house, our Maritime Education Center, a small WWII Lookout building, the Tin Pickle (a Local Gedunk), a short nature trail, a shipyard playground, and our Visitors Center and St. Augustine Lighthouse Gift Shop. We are a non profit unlike most lighthouses and therefore receive no federal funding. Our website offers discount coupons every day.
Written October 10, 2020
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John C
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Very poorly run. Two separate field trips going on while we were there. They closed a portion of the museum for it but still charged everyone full price. I was told that there was a 10 to 15 minute wait to climb to the top of the lighthouse. They told me to tour the house and then come back. When I did, there was a long line to go to the top. Safety was another issue. I’m the basement they built a small boardwalk to walk on but it was not level and caused me to stumble a couple of times. I definitely would not recommend this place to elderly adults.
Written July 14, 2022
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I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your visit. We are a very popular destination and there often will be a wait as there is at many entertainment venues. It is impossible to predict the line to climb the tower but often the best times are first thing in the morning and at the end of the day. The boardwalk in the basement is meant to imitate a boat on the water and does not cover the entire floor. It can be avoided. Once again I am sorry you did not enjoy your visit.
Written July 15, 2022
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