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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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed October 27, 2012

we LOVED the lighthouse and museum. It was the first time my oldest son and myself had been in a lighthouse so that was exciting for each of us. 219 steps to the top and worth every single one of them. You can see for miles from the top. The ocean breeze coming in the opened windows was nice when we stopped on a landing for a very short break on the way back down. The museum kept my son's interest. I do wish the play area was located somewhere else because my 2 younger children didn't go to the lighthouse and stayed behind with my mom. They weren't allowed to go past the gift shop without paying a fee and unfortunately that is where the play area is located. There is a little community park across the street though so they were able to stay entertained just as well over there while we were in the lighthouse

Thank dpchurch1975
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

At first we were taken aback by the admission price of almost $20 the admission includes the lighthouse and the museum. We spent over 2 hours there and could have stayed longer if only we had the time.

Thank Kmu530
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Wonderful! Great tour guides, get to see all the behind the scenes attractions! An experierence not to be missed.

Thank uniongirlVenice
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Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

Amazing!
First lighthouse I ever saw and made it to the top! ;)
Would do it again!
Very clean. . . Well maintained. . . Friendly staff. .
Worth the climb to the top ;)

Thank jonesvlcj
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

The view from the top is spectacular and the museum is filled with interesting facts and displays. Really enjoyed it!

Thank Lizardbeth61
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