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“Be In Shape to Climb the Stairs”

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 February 9, 2014

I visited the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum two years ago. I climbed to the catwalk and, believe me, it was worth the climb. You can see everything from the Atlantic Ocean to the Tolomato River. I have a bit of vertigo, so it wasn't necessarily the smartest idea I've ever had, but, despite my problem, I made the climb, walked around the catwalk and descended with no incident. This is a great place to take photos of the St. Augustine area. I highly recommend visiting this historic site.

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Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

The kids slept like babies after we climbed to the top of this lighthouse. Parents, you know what a plus that is.

With the joy of sleeping kids aside, the lighthouse is awesome. The history and the view are simply amazing. Young and old alike will enjoy it.

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Reviewed February 7, 2014

Knowledgeable guides, fantastic exhibits, maritime treasures galore, moon rise views, and ghosts!

What more could you want? Just ask!

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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Every visitor to St Augustine should include a trip to the lighthouse. Interesting history museum, (the old Lightkeepers housing) and the view from the top is beautiful. You can stop to catch your breath on the way up, so don't be afraid to climb. It's worth it. My husband and I are in our sixties, in good health and found the climb to be great exercise but not to difficult.

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

We have climbed to the top for the view that cannot be beat. This is a great place to visit for historical or just a nice beautiful stroll around the grounds. family friendly!

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