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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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed June 15, 2013

The lighthouse keepers house is a well done museum. Lots to see. The lighthouse itself is a must do if you are in St Augustine. I really wish we could have done the after dark tour. The gift shop is one of the better ones in the area. The stuff is good quality and there is a price point for every budget. The key lime fudge is just gross though. Get samples before you buy. There are 10% off coupons in every little coupon book in St Augustine. There are staff walking the grounds that will happily give you lots more information than what you find on the signs.

Thank Aricha97
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

they've added a childrens playground in the shape of a 'ship'. very cute. 219 steps to the top! Our B&B gave us free admission tix....plus 10% off of gift shop purchases! great!

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

Very glad that we stopped by the Lighthouse on our way out of St. Augustine. Beautiful structure in a very serene location. I did not relish the thought of hiking all the way to the top but it really was not too bad and once you get to the top more than worth it! Beautiful views and a volunteer is there to answer all your questions. Being huge fans of the 'Ghost Hunters' show we were excited to visit as the lighthouse and keepers cottage were featured on the show.
The Keepers house was very interesting and gave a glimpse into the lives of the folks who lived and worked there. Would recommend getting there when it opens and heading to the lighthouse first, I would imagine that it would get a little congested up and down the narrow spiral staircase later in the day.

Thank TheWebSlayer
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

There is so much to do and see here! We went towards the end of the day so it was not very crowded (it was also windy and cold) which helped. So informative and fun!

Thank Becky B
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We really enjoyed our visit. We climbed 219 steps to the top of the Lighthouse...What an Awesome View! The Museum has excellent exhibits and the grounds are beautiful. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. Great place definitely a must see for the whole family.

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