Exploring the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
By Carrie McLaren
A few weeks ago, my family and I visited the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. This historic lighthouse was the very first of its kind in Florida in 1824 and rises 165 feet above sea level.
While I have visited the lighthouse a few times in the past, this visit marked the first time I climbed the 219 stairs to the top. The view was absolutely breathtaking – worth every bit of the climb. I especially loved seeing the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the lighthouse. Don’t forget your camera – you’ll love the views. Also, be sure to stop and read the exhibits located on each landing within the lighthouse stairwell – Florida history comes alive.
For those planning to visit with small children here are a few things to keep in mind –
· For safety purposes, children must be 44 inches tall to climb the tower.
· Children above 44 inches tall must climb under their own power.
· Carrying children in the tower is prohibited.
· Free admission to the museum and the base of the tower is provided for the child and one accompanying adult is half price.
There is a fantastic playground at the base of the lighthouse. My girls loved exploring the area. The play area features a wooden pirate ship with a slide and lookout telescopes, too. It’s a great place for parents to admire the grounds as well.
If your family loves history, sign up for the ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the maritime archaeology artifact conservation lab and meet with archeologists. My family enjoyed this tour and loved seeing artifacts discovered right in the St. Augustine area.
To plan your visit to this beautiful, historic landmark, visit StAugustineLighthouse.com