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“Neat old lighthouse, well maintained”

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 object from a British shipwreck. Take free with admission guided tours at 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Or come early at 9 am to beat the heat. Late in the day is also cooler and we are open all summer until 7 pm. Families can enjoy a self guided tour that includes a shipyard playground and a short nature trail. A small-craft boat building exhibition is on site, and you can see archaeologists at work on objects from under the sea. In the keepers' house see "At Home with the Harns in Post Civil War Household," which tells the story of Major William Harn who was at both Ft Sumter and Gettysburg as an artillery commander. He and his family lived as lighthouse keepers for 20 years after the war. Also climb aboard the sandbar in WRECKED! an exhibition about a 1782 British shipwreck following the American Revolution. Our Archaeologists have discovered this story just for you. Visitors can also encounter ghosts and spirits on the nighttime, Dark of the Moon tour, which is the only St. Augustine ghost tour that gets you inside the Lighthouse tower. Book this tour in advance because it fills up fast. And book mid-week to avoid the 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 on the porch with a family membership for discounts to local attractions, and 20% off in the Museum shop as well as free admission all year long. There is always more to come at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 1, 2012

We enjoyed our visit to the lighthouse. The grounds are very nice and there is plenty for the kids to see and do (playground area was nice). The kids can't go up the lighthouse if they are under 6 yrs. old, however (unless they're a tall 5-yr old). Very nice overall - gift shop was especially nice.

Thank CThompson178
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

This is a striking Lighthouse with a really nice looking day mark. I recommend going to the top though it is a climb. There is also a museum in the original Lighthouse keepers residences. Bring your camera and you will not be disappointed! Also at low tide you can see the area where the previous lighthouse was located.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We loved the view from the top and the climb of the 219 steps was made easier by rest stops along the way; but be sure to bring a bottle of water.

Thank 2011ford
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

I loved the lighthouse! It took awhile to get up and down the stairs because there are 219 of them! Take your time. There is a military discount (if applicable to you) free for service members and half off (I think) for dependents. We had a pleasant experience, and thought the sights were beautiful. The gift shop has some really cute knick knacks.

3  Thank J531
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This lighthouse was pretty fancy compared to some others I've visited! My husband walked the 14 stories to the top and took some gorgeous photos from there. The coast guard exhibits were really interesting and offered some uncommon historical facts - it's always fun to learn something new. There are beautiful nature trails and a cute gift shop where I bought a lighthouse wind chime for $5 on sale.

Thank MrandMrs K
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