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“Nice to visit if in the area”

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Ranked #12 of 192 things to do in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
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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 November 24, 2013

The lighthouse is nice to visit if you are in the area. We walked to the top of it and the view was nice but nothing extravagant. We probably should have went with the tour because we didn't really know what were looking at throughout the museum. The place seems like its own little town, with many friendly workers walking about. Inexpensive and not too time consuming, so I would recommend it if you're interested in the history and/or lighthouses.

Thank Snoopy1205
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

The lighthouse, museum, innkeepers house and all the buildings on site were nice to visit and experience a part of history. I did not climb the tower, however I did enjoy all the paths in the hammock area which was a beautiful, natural area behind the gift shop. Prices in the gift shop were reasonable and staff was very friendly. I returned after dark just to see the light and it was awesome.

Thank kythoro
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

I have to be honest, we obtained free tickets through our inn so we didn't pay for our experience.
From what I saw the cost posted was $7.95, not $10.00. I thought it was well worth the cost.
The grounds (play area/garden paths), keeper's house (museum), lighthouse and building area are well-kept. The museum offers the full history of the lighthouse which was interesting to read. We did climb all 219 steps up; at times it was nervewracking as a kid pounded on the steps as hard as he could - wish his grandpa would have said something to him. Warning if you are fearful of heights or tight places this staircase isn't for you!! - Stay in the gardens and go to the keeper's house. The view from the top was breathtaking and worth the climb. I was determined to accomplish it even though the narrow steps were intimidating.

Thank jwoge
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

This is packed with history, it is beautiful. Go first thing in the morning if you plan to climb the 200plus steps to the top. The view is worth it.

Thank Mark J
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

What is not to like about a lighthouse! Every one is different, with lots of stories. This is my second visit to the top. The museum was very busy this day - there are loads of interesting artifacts and volunteers to answer your questions. Parking is easy and close by.

Thank gsg1557
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