Find basic info here: http://www.pensacolalighthouse.org/ Read the safety guidelines!
I didn’t read and retain, and because I was wearing flip-flops, I had to climb the 177 steps barefoot—EWWW. Sandals with straps in the back are allowed. I understand the reason; too bad my sandals were back in the hotel room. You just leave your shoes at the bottom of the steps and start climbing. Others who arrived with children below the minimum height were disappointed, too.
“The Coast Guard still owns and operates the light itself as an active aid to navigation.”
Parking space is under the trees, and admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for children. There is an appropriate emphasis on history and restoration, and staff is friendly and knowledgeable. A small gift shop offers souvenirs, including a free sticker if you make it to the top. An episode of TV’s “Ghost Hunters” filmed there was playing on a monitor but we never did see their report at the end! I’ve climbed other, taller, lighthouses in Florida but I felt extra cautious and really favored the handrail this time–was this a growing irrational fear, or because I was barefoot, or was something paranormal going on??