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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

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Address: 100 Red Cox Drive, Saint Augustine, FL 32080
Phone Number:
+1 904-829-0745
Today
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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The museum has new things since last time I went, and it is always clean and nice to visit. Climbing to the top has been the highlight since I was a child. Always on my list of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum has new things since last time I went, and it is always clean and nice to visit. Climbing to the top has been the highlight since I was a child. Always on my list of spots to visit as a native Floridian!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went with a group of about 20 other strangers for a birthday celebration. I would recommend making arrangements for a private tour. I will be doing this if I take this tour again. The staff were great and the facility was amazing. Some photos are a bit interesting to say the least.

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Westerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I arrived late on a Sunday morning and found the crowd to be lighter than expected. The staff was friendly and helpful, the climb to the top did not seem like 14 stories but the view after I arrived was worth the effort.

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Altamonte Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the store and the bargain area. .the view is worth the climb!!!! Very cool that is also considered haunted.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I stopped at the lighthouse on my way out of town. It was reasonable price to get in. I climbed the 219 steps to the top. It had a beautiful view. I took some pictures. I talked to friendly people on the way up and down the stairs. There is a lighthouse keepers building with information for kids and adults.... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This site has a lot to see. There is the beautiful lighthouse and the 200+ steps to the top. It is comfortable climb with plenty of room to stop on the way up. There are lots of historical displays. Then you have an amazing 360 degree view of the ocean, island and city. When you get back down you can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are planning a trip to St Augustine, make sure this beauty is on top of your list. The grounds are as wonderful as the folks that work there, the beautiful lighthouse provides a spectacular view AND exercise, plus there is a secret about our beautiful lens. Be sure to ask a docent about it's history too!

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

We decided to stop and visit the lighthouse on a whim as we were driving by. We figured it would be a 30 minute thing and we'd learn a little something. We ended up staying 2+ hours. The lighthouse history is wonderful and the tour guide truly loved chatting about it. You learn about the lighthouse (yes, you can go... More 

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

Dear Reviewer, What a lovely review! We are so glad you stopped in too! We've worked hard to be more than you think! Please come back see us in a few months when the WWII side of our site will be restored and open, along with our maritime archaeology & education center. Thank you again, Kathy A. Fleming Executive Director... More 

Elizabethton, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife wants me to go to all the light houses when we are on trips we went at night and wondered around because i like the ghost aspects of this type experience.

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

Dear Reviewer, I am glad your wife is a lighthouse fan. There are a few of us out there. Next time download a discount coupon on our web site and come when we are open. You'll have more fun. Use the coupon code LH15, for the 15% discount coupon and get a ticket in advance. Or enjoy the Dark of... More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We started with a docent lead tour of the area on a Shipwreck and Boat building tour. He was passionate about the Lighthouse and the Museum. He had many tidbits of life at the Lighthouse to share and made it a fun tour. We loved seeing the conservation work in process. Even though I am afraid of heights, I climbed... More 

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