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“A Must Visit”

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
Tampa, FL
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Must Visit”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

A remarkable place made spectacular with the "behind the scenes" tour. We arrive early and explored on our own. We climbed the lighthouse and spent a good hour up top. Despite the gusty winds it was a most relaxing experience. We then met up with the docent and tour group and learned so much more. She brought us behind the scenes to where the archaeologists work on the ruins recovered from off-shore wrecks. It was amazing! I only wish I had been able to attend the special tour given by the archaeologists; if you are in town the day the do these tours I would strongly recommend it.

Visited March 2014
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Place you have to visit”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

A very nice little museum and a beautiful view from the top of the Lighthouse! Very friendly people and 10 bugs for the entry was not to much.
There were some guys they built a model of a historical Ship (very interesting)

Visited April 2014
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Beautiful grounds”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

The St. Augustine lighthouse offers tours where persons can go up into the lighthouse and tour the light house keeper's staying area. The grounds in which the lighthouse was located was well kept and beautiful. Anyone not with a tour group can go into the gift shop and purchase a tour for access into the grounds and lighthouse....however, if climbing heights isn't your cup of tea, walking around the outside shaded garden area is nice and you can still get a good picture of the lighthouse.

Visited April 2014
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Estero, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful view from the top!”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

Enjoyed the lighthouse and museum on Anastasia Island. The view from the top was worth the 200 plus steps to the top. Loved the old photos and history surrounding the lighthouse. Nice to see it restored.

Visited April 2014
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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful lighthouse!”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

View at the top was worth the climb! I'm afraid of heights but love to climb lighthouses. Go figure! haha Thankfully they have rails to hang on to. Can walk through keeper's quarters. Antique furniture is nice. Cute lighthouse within a lighthouse inside glass case. Miniature furniture so detailed.

Visited April 2014
Thank Monica J
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