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“Wife felt a ghost”

Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum
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$21.99*
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Civil War Tour of Pensacola
Ranked #9 of 69 things to do in Pensacola
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Best View in Town! Climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse for one of the most beautiful views on the Gulf Coast. Built in 1859, the lighthouse is located on board NAS Pensacola. The tower offers stunning views of Pensacola Bay, the Pensacola skyline, and the historic Navy Yard. The fully restored Keepers' Quarters, built in 1869, is home to a museum and a gift shop. Visit this historic spot in America's First Settlement, established in 1559. Make a day of it and visit the National Naval Aviation Museum and Fort Barrancas while you're here. Our nature walk takes you to the white sands of beautiful quiet-water beach–a perfect beach for kids. Bring the family and a picnic lunch and stay a while. The Pensacola Lighthouse and museum is open 7 days/week. Special tours include Blue Angel practices, Light of the Moon and Ghost Hunts. Private tour and function times available as well. *To access NAS Pensacola, civilian guests must use the West Gate on Blue Angel Parkway*
Reviewed July 23, 2013

My wife and daughter went on the ghost tour and got some shall we say "interesting" pictures. My insists that she was touched by a ghost and she was the only one that seemed to be able to get one of the pieces of equipment to work. It was a bit crowded but the really enjoyed themselves. Getting back on the base at 10p to pick them up was a little bit of a pain. Security is kept fairly tight on the base. Be prepared to walk up quite a few stairs if you want to get to the top. It is not for those out of shape. No elevator is available.

Thank HarpersGampy
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

This is a thing you must experience! You always see and hear about lighthouses, so it was neat to actually visit one. We went here in conjunction with visiting the Naval Air Museum on the Pensacola Naval Base, plus seeing a lighthouse was on my wife's bucket list.

It is 177 steps up and 177 down. I don't recommend this for people who are overweight, or really out of shape, because it is a tough climb. Keep in mind too, that this is Florida and you must add in heat and humidity to your climb. Also, people coming down have the right-of-way on the stairs, so if you are going up, you must move away from the wall/handrail side to the middle of the stairs where there is no rail or wall to steady yourself. I had to tell one overweight lady, who was not initially inclined to move out of our way, that she had to move when my family and I were coming down. She was too big to get around and it was too dangerous any other way for us other than for her to move, plus we had the right-of-way.

The view at the top was great, though the height was scary. Speaking of scary, the lighthouse is reportedly haunted, and even Jay and Grant of the "Ghost Hunters" show have investigated the place. The lighthouse has occasional ghost hunts open to the public.

There are various exhibits to see there regarding life at the lighthouse. You get to see where the lighthouse keepers lived, worked, and spent their lives.

Bottom line, this is a great experience, but please be sure you are physically able to climb the 177 steps up and the 177 steps down in the heat and humidity of Florida. If not, enjoy the ground level sights at the Pensacola Lighthouse.

Thank cmerry65
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting place to visit. The museum is nice and I loved seeing pictures of people that lived at the light. It's a long way to the top but it's worth it. There are little areas to stop and rest on the way up at windows. I would defiantly recommend stopping by. It's a cheap attraction also. $6

Thank asreed75
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Climbing 177 steps to the top was a thrill! Add to that the history of the lighthouse and being able to view the grounds and take in a history lesson was an added bonus. Wonderful Pensacola history1

Thank Julie B
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

A true piece of Pensacola history. Along with a complete history of the lighthouse you must understands that it is still working today. Just south of the Pensacola Navel base. it has probably been a beacon for many a pilot. I did not climbto the top cause I'm old and fat but the grand kids did and I got the picture to prove it.

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