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“Enjoyed the walk to the top.”

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
Greenville, South Carolina
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Enjoyed the walk to the top.”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Clean and well kept museum. Great view from the top. Well worth the climb. We had a nice discussion with at the top with museum personnel.

Visited September 2012
Thank Wesley P
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Didn't go all the way to the top, but it was still worth it!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

My husband is afraid of heights so we only went up a couple landings but we still got to see a beautiful view of the ocean! (And it was kind of fun to talk to all the people trying to make their way back down) The museum was interesting, and a bit creepy in the basement!

Visited September 2012
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St. Augustine, Florida
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Nice to go to”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

I go here every once in a while and it's always excellent. You can tour the area around the lighthouse, go up the lighthouse (it tells you its history on the way up), go out at the top and feel the wind as you look at the scenery, and go around the building looking at stuff. Lots to do here

Visited December 2011
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The highlight of our trip”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

I am very fond of lighthouses and so I could not pass up this attraction. The lighthouse has 219 steps, but I just couldn't visit, I had to climb! There are landings, or rest areas, every so often along the stairwell. The width of the stairs is small, so if people are coming in the opposite direction somebody has to make space. The views at the top are breathtaking. The museum explains everything you could ever want to know about the history. Don't pass up this once in a lifetime experience.

Visited September 2012
Thank Wendy H
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“St Augustine Lighthouse”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Beautifully preserved. Nice afternoon spent walking. The grounds are a nice place to meander and just be.

Visited September 2012
Thank Shelley0327
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