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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

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Address: 100 Red Cox Dr, Saint Augustine, FL 32080-5443
Phone Number: +1 904-829-0745
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09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is more than...

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.

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A good place to get a view of St. Augustine, FL

I love to visit lighthouses and climb them when I can. This one is reputed to be the tallest one in the USA. Not sure about the accuracy of that claim but I was definitely huffing... read more

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Jacksonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love to visit lighthouses and climb them when I can. This one is reputed to be the tallest one in the USA. Not sure about the accuracy of that claim but I was definitely huffing and puffing by the time I reached the top of it. The views of St. Augustine from the top were simply spectacular. If you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a great place for families, couples and even solo travellers. You can climb up to the top of the lighthouse (219 steps) for fantastic views of neighbouring islands and make sure you visit the Wreck exhibit. They do aqua archeology and have uncovered lots of artifacts from nearby wreckes. Staff is super friendly and knowledgeable.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family visited the St. Augustine Lighthouse over Thanksgiving break. It was a wonderful experience. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. There were very well educated guides located throughout the entire area and they offered free tours about every 1/5 hour or your can walk around on your own. We walked all 219 stairs to the top of the lighthouse... More 

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Sebring, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was expecting to climb a lighthouse. Discovered beautiful lighthouse with light keepers quarters, museum of shipwreaks artifacts and a great tour by Jill our guide. The grounds are beautiful and have dune trails part of the maritime hammock. Light house was easy to climb and the views were great.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A MUST DO when visiting St. Augustine. Climbing the lighthouse on a cool day is even better! You will not want to leave the top once you get there, for the breeze is invigorating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour was excellent. We learned about the light house and its construction, functions and routines. We saw the living quarters. There is a restored home. They are beginning to explore the hundreds of ship wrecks in the area with their team of 7 divers. So far just 3 wrecks. They explained and had video about salvaging artifacts. What a... More 

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JanetteAF, Executive Director at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Thank you for a great review, one of the best I've read. Please come back next summer when we'll have the WWII building restored and be well on our way to conserving more shipwrecks from the nation's oldest, continually-occupied, port city. If you come back, use the coupon code LH15 to purchase tickets in advance for a 15%... More 

Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An awesome view loaded with history to boot, plus a story of it being haunted as well. Great workout Climb to the Top! An absolute must SEE!! Been there twice! You must do the first time with the Tour Guide to truly appreciate the Story/History of it ALL! If you have extra time, wander about on your own, to enjoy... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Enjoyed our visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Definitely recommend taking in the tour; Jill was our guide and did a great job. The walk to the top is much better than some lighthouses, with landings along the way to catch your breath! The view at the top is spectacular and worth every step!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took the tour by ourselves. It was fun to explore the lighthouse and meet one of the workers at the top and chat with him about the history. We also enjoyed the rest of the place like the house and the trails on the ground. Great gift shop also.

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Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great Visit ! Fun, Challenging and Informative. Several different things to see here. Wear good comfortable shoes when climbing the spiral iron staircase of the Lighthouse. Ladies, this is not the time to be trendy!. There are 219 steps to climb but i's worth it. The views are fantastic at the top ! When back on the ground explore the... More 

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