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“Climb the lighthouse”

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 March 6, 2014

It was fun to explore the grounds and make the climb to the top of the lighthouse! The kids enjoyed the hands on science experiment with the lens. It cost $5 to climb the tower and see the grounds, although seeing it from the parking lot would be great if you are low on time.

Thank Kate B
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Excellent restored lighthouse and light keeper's quarters. Lots of exhibits and naturally the climb to the top gives you a birds eye view of the ocean and St. Augustine. Not to be missed.

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Reviewed March 6, 2014

We took a tour yesterday and Cynthia was our guide. We almost didn't do it, because of the extra 5 bucks tacked onto the admission price - but are soooo glad we did! The tour was great! Seeing shipwreck artifacts and learning about the conservation process was amazing. We had no idea how involved it all was. We were lucky to have a small group, and got to ask Cynthia tons of questions. Then we went into the Keeper's house and looked around there. After the tour we climbed to the top with a much greater appreciation of the whole place. Taking the tour first was a good way to do it.

Thank Chris S
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Our family of four took the after hours "Dark of the Moon" ghost tour. It was misting rain and cool but that only added the the mysterious atmosphere. This tour (which we feel is well worth the added cost) doesn't start until the lighthouse and museum/store closes for the night. It is a small group led by a very knowledgeable guide the first half of the tour. The second half you are on your own to explore the buildings, grounds, take photos and hunt for ghosts....really fun, spooky and sometimes creepy...we all loved it. I bought the tickets before leaving home for the trip. It's easy.

Thank Tess B
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

The staff is very informative about the lighthouse and it's history. Very long way up but fantastic view!

Thank ithunderi
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