Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Lighthouses
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Walk inside the white picket fence and step back in time. Maintained and operated by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, this beautiful facility represents one of the best preserved and most authentic historic light stations in the nation today. Visitors will agree that the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers a treasure-trove of sights, sounds, and experiences for young and old alike.
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august01
London, UK542 contributions
Came here to visit the lighthouse ($6.95 per person) and it was a lovely experience run by volunteers. Lots of history and things to see, including climbing to the top of the lighthouse for a lovely view, a display of the different lights, and a moving exhibition showing the homemade rafts that people are attempting to travel to the U.S. in to escape from their own countries. Really enjoyed a lovely morning at this unexpected delight.
Written May 29, 2022
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Thank you for the wonderful review, and delightful comments.
Written June 23, 2022
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teacher152015
Lexington, KY261 contributions
The main attraction is the lighthouse that was built in 1887. If you don’t mind climbing 203 steps you can go to the top and see a beautiful panoramic view of Pounce Inlet all the way to the ocean. There are numerous other buildings to visit with lots of information about the property and history of the area. There is even one devoted to how the lamp at the top of the lighthouse works. We were finishing up our tour before 2 buses and 2 vans full of visitors arrived so we were able to see and do all we wanted before it became too crowded. I recommend being there when they open or calling in advance to see if they are expecting bus tours to arrive on the day you plan to visit.
Written April 13, 2021
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jackbauerTX
338 contributions
Family
Went here on a wed afternoon and it was a great joy! Even my young children enjoyed the view.

The cost is nominal ($7/adult and $2/child). There are several buildings with a great history of the grounds. There are multiple signs that require masks in the buildings. Going up the lighthouse is always a trip. It’s tight quarters and to prevent from getting to close to people you wait on the landings for people to complete their section (one way on each up or down steps). My only knock is that it would have helped if a staff member helped with that at the bottom. We waited 5 min just to get down the bottom step. Also, their website boasts of occupancy limits but not sure how they were tracking that.

Anyway, it was a great experience and beautiful. Just know what you are getting into.
Written December 30, 2020
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hawktraveler8
Davenport, IA187 contributions
Solo
This was well worth it! You could spend a long time here depending on how much history and reading you like to do. Preservation is top notch. The walk up to the top of lighthouse is worth it. There are small landings inside to take quick breaks while going up. I went on a really windy and rainy day so it was a bit of a bummer not to spend much time looking outside at the top. Every building had artifacts and history that took you back in time.
Written February 10, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your story and experience, we are so appreciative of your kind words. Thank you again, and hope to see you again.
Written June 23, 2022
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Sunil Govind
Orlando, FL278 contributions
As a national historic landmark, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is a must-see destination that you shouldn’t miss out on. If you’re planning a last-minute trip with family or friends, Ponce Inlet is worth considering. We enjoyed our visit here. Plenty of parking and we also took a walk around the area near the waterfront. Really nice.
If you’re looking for a unique adventure, a journey into the past is a worthwhile endeavor. You’ll step back in time as you climb the 175 feet of adventure at the Ponce Inlet Light Station and Museum.
Written July 28, 2022
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We are grateful for your wonder review, Thank you.
Written August 4, 2022
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Carly M
Tampa, FL107 contributions
We climbed the Lighthouse and made it to the top!!! All 203 steps and got a certificate to prove our climb!!! ;o) This lighthouse was the tallest in Florida and the docents were very knowledgeable and told of the history. A lot to read in the museum. The gift shop was very nice and we bought a book about the lighthouse and a figurine for my Lighthouse collection. The grounds were clean.
Written May 24, 2021
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Penny W
Summerfield, FL84 contributions
Couples
Enjoyed seeing the old buildings and artifacts. Was not up for the climb to the top of the lighthouse, but will return on a cooler day.
The staff member that sold us the tickets required, was so helpful with background information. She really enjoyed her job!
Written July 11, 2021
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Louis F
Altus, OK714 contributions
Solo
In addition to the really cool lighthouse, they also have many historical buildings on the grounds that the lighthouse keeper used to live in and use. They offer a lot of cool information.

The lighthouse is snug going up but they put in a plastic partition on each landing so when people pass each other, they have something in between each other.
Written February 27, 2021
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TheCovertCritic
Apex, North Carolina423 contributions
This climb can be scary or it can be fun and maybe even both depending upon your relationship with heights. There are a lot of open steps and of course looking down through the spiral staircase can be unnerving as this lighthouse is a tall one. I tried to climb and found myself frightened enough to come back down after a few spirals, but after regrouping by looking at a few of the exhibits got my nerve back and trekked about 200 steps to the top. It was a very windy day. When I reached the top another climber warned me that he had walked around the top, but had been holding on tightly for dear life fearing he would lose his footing. I was happy to have been able to make it up to the top and took some photos to prove it, but did not continue around the circle. After reaching terra ferma again I walked to the museum which displayed full size "lights." A video explained various methods of creating the flame used to illuminate the lights. There were some exhibits showing how the lighthouse keepers lived, some personal stories, and a short hiking path . For $7.00 admission price it was a bargain. There was plenty of parking.
Written November 15, 2020
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orcasgal
Orcas Island, WA471 contributions
How many people would climb a lighthouse and not take photos? In this age of everyone taking photos of anything and everything, when the safety of preservation of art is not at issue, no one should be denied entry because of they want to photograph the view. I had traveled all the way here for pictures from the top and was denied entry because I had a bag of camera equipment. Photographs are the way humans remember and revisit memories of places visited. Being more than casual a selfie photographer, I have different lenses - an investment of thousands of dollars. I could not just leave stuff lying around and take only one camera.Very disappointing!
Written January 8, 2020
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Orcasgal, We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during your visit to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. We do allow professional photography at the lighthouse and museum with advanced notification and have coordinated with many photographers and film crews to visit our facility outside our normal hours of operation to provide them the opportunity to photograph the site before our regular visitors arrive. Information regarding professional photography and filming including contact information, rules, regulations, and other pertinent information can be found under "Commonly Asked Questions" within the Visit section of our website at www.ponceinlet.org and under the "About Us" section. We do not generally allow professional photography during our normal hours of operation due to its impact on the overall experience of the general public. This is especially so inside the tower where tripods and large camera bags can create a safety issue for others both on the lighthouse's spiral staircase and on the narrow gallery deck the encircles the top of the lighthouse. I once again apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and encourage you to contact the museum's curatorial department to schedule a date and time to perform professional photography at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.
Written January 9, 2020
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