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“Great view & museum”

Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum
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Owner description: The Best View in Town! Climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum for one of the most beautiful views on the Gulf Coast. Built in 1859, the lighthouse is located on board NAS Pensacola.The top of the tower offers stunning views of Pensacola Pass (where Pensacola Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico), three forts, 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.
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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360 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Great view & museum”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

Admission is $4 and it's an active lighthouse. Oldest lighthouse on the Gulf Coast. Located on the Naval base so you must provide ID (drivers license).

About 151 ft tall on a 40 foot bluff. Walls are 10-ft thick at the base and 3-ft thick at the top. Be sure to climb the 177 wrought-iron-steps. Built in 1859.

The Richard C Callaway museum is good, seen better. But the guide at the top of the lighthouse is so knowledgeable. She made the visit so special. The lighthouse keeper's quarters are well maintained as are the grounds.

Well worth the time and be sure to take a camera to the top for Beautiful views of the Navy base, gulf and surrounding towns. If it's windy, hold on to that hat.

Visited May 2014
Thank Delmar M
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Owasso, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2014

The house itself isn't so much but for those that haven't been to anything like that it gives you an idea of how people lived during that era. The lighthouse itself, which you have to reach by going through the house, is great. Go early at this time of year. There are very few windows open on the stairwell and the best I remember, you walk up 50 stairs before you reach one of those windows. There aren't any fans or A/C. The view of the spiral stairwell below you is spectacular. Shoes must be worn. I saw women that wore flip flops that were asked to remove them and climb the stairs barefoot, which they did. They also have a height rule of 48" for children. To get to this attraction you have to enter NAS, Naval Air Station, so you'll be ID'd at the gate. Depending on who is working the gate, they may also request insurance verification and vehicle registration or so I was told. They only asked to see my husband's drivers license since he was driving, but you're welcome to be on base to enjoy the tourist attractions. No drinks are allowed on the stairs and the only bathroom is back at the gift shop. There are some that believe the lighthouse is haunted and I believe they have evening tours for that purpose if you're interested in chasing ghosts. They were seen on Ghost Hunters. It can get windy at the top so hang onto your hats. I'd allow an hour or 1 1/2 hrs.

Visited May 2014
Thank Linda S
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Glenpool, Oklahoma, USA
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295 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Another lighthouse for us!”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

Always interesting to see the history of lighthouses. First time I've been in one that had the lightkeepers house attached to the light house. Stairs are a little tough because of only one handrail but it's part of the adventure.

Visited May 2014
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Las Cruces, NM
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89 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Go to the top!”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

Loved climbing up the steps inside the lighthouse to the top- great view up there! There's a mini museum inside the main building which has a lot of great stories and little artifacts.

Visited July 2013
Thank Wendy L
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Jackson, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2014

What a view! What a climb to the top! Enjoyed our time exploring the grounds, and photographic opportunities from the top!

Visited April 2014
Thank Kevin G
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