St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

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81 Lighthouse Ave.

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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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Antiquities, historic attractions and delectable cuisine are just a few of the things you'll find on St. George Street, the city's central pedestrian thoroughfare. At the northern end of the street, visitors can explore boutiques like Sunburst Crystal and Tillie's Bath Cottage, as well as historic sites like the Old City Gates and the Oldest Wooden School House. The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum are within walking distance; as you travel south, you'll see additional shops and cafes, plus art galleries and the Colonial Quarter.

Visitors in search of Southern charm will appreciate St. George Street. According to past travelers, you'll find unique shops and some of the best ice cream in the area. The area is also a great spot to stop in some shops to pick up souvenirs.

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