Pictures: Ponce Inlet Florida Lighthouse

    By Lauren Tjaden

    Come and enjoy the unique history of the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station and be inspired by the beauty and richness of our historic grounds.

    - Lauren Tjaden


    The Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station is one of the best preserved, most complete lighthouses in the nation. It also is the tallest one in the Sunshine State. I’m here to verify that last part.

    My rear-end and legs are still whimpering from climbing to the top of the 175-foot tower, located just a splash south of Daytona Beach in the town of Ponce Inlet.

    But it was worth every one of the 203 steps.


    The spiral staircase of the Lighthouse is strangely beautiful.

    - Lauren Tjaden


    The Lighthouse 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.


    The Ponce Lighthouse is the tallest in Florida

    - Lauren Tjaden


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


    Climb the steps to the top for amazing views of the coastline and inland waterways.

    - Lauren Tjaden


    The Lighthouse, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998, is visited by more than 140,000 people each year.


    Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse each month and enjoy spectacular views of the sunset and the moonrise.

    - Lauren Tjaden


    I’m glad I finally saw the light!


    The Ponce Lighthouse provides a beautiful backdrop to the beach.

    - Lauren Tjaden


    If you go…

    Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association
    4931 South Peninsula Drive - Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
    (386) 761-1821

    Open Daily to the public at 10 a.m.
    Last admission one hour before closing

    Make sure to check the online Calendar of Events for more information about activities that may be scheduled on the date of your visit. Lighthouse staff may also be contacted directly via email at or by phone at (386) 761-1821 ext. 10 for more information regarding special hours of operation and scheduled events.