- Museums, Recreation Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum features shipwreck artifacts, a wooden boat building exhibit and a 165-foot-tall lighthouse. The lighthouse, which was built between 1871 and 1874, is the oldest surviving brick structure in St. Augustine and has 219 steps. Some also believe the site is haunted by several formal lighthouse keepers and two young girls who died on-site in the late 1800s.
Recent travelers said the best part of visiting the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is climbing to the top of the lighthouse. Bring a camera, since you'll find breathtaking views of Salt Run lagoon and St. Augustine at the top. However, a few people caution that climbing the lighthouse may not be easy for less active visitors.
You'll find the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum about 2 miles southeast of St. Augustine's historic city center on Anastasia Island. The lighthouse and museum are open daily (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended holiday and summer hours until 7 p.m. In addition to the museum, lighthouse and boat building shed, the attraction has a light keeper's house, a children's playground, restrooms, a cafe and several nature trails. The property cannot be reached by public transportation or on foot from downtown, but free parking is provided at the on-site parking lot.
General admission tickets cost $12.95 for adults and $10.95 for seniors and children 12 and younger. All tickets include participation in kids archeological activities and guided property tours. Standard tours are offered on the hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visit the attraction's website for more information about additional tours (including nighttime ghost tours), tickets, facilities and educational programs.
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