Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

By: Lauren Tjaden


Wonder what it’s like to climb to the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse?

The lighthouse – Florida’s tallest – is strangely beautiful inside, with a spiral staircase that seems to go on forever. It twists smaller and tighter the higher you climb, and when you look down, it curls in an endless ribbon. Your voice echoes off the thick walls when you talk, and it feels mysterious and very old. And that’s just the tip of the sandbar.

When you finally reach the top, with your backside and calves whining, and open the door, it literally takes your breath away. You can feel the wind and the gasp of fresh air. The world spreads below in a vast panorama; you see the caps on the ocean waves, boats cruising the inlet, and you can even see the high rises of Daytona Beach towering to the north.

So I can only imagine what it’s like to do it by the light of a full moon.

You can actually enjoy this incredible adventure, dubbed the Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. May 5, 2012. The old lighthouse keeper will lead you on a journey into the past, explaining the unique history of this National Historic Landmark. At the top, you’ll toast the setting sun with sparkling cider and hors d'oeuvres provided by Inlet Harbor Restaurant.  

How cool is that? I want to go!

Insider’s Tip: If you want to go too, I’d get your tickets before the next high tide, because this special event is limited to 25 lucky participants. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Mary at 386-761-1821, ext. 10.

Note: The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is located at 4931 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet.

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