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St. Augustine Lighthouse + List of Florida’s Historic Lighthouses

August 7th is National Lighthouse Day! 

There is something very intriguing about lighthouses. With their towering shapes, rich history, and unique stories of dedicated light keepers trudging up steep, winding steps to keep the light burning to protect/warn ships, lighthouses are aesthetically pleasing and serve a great purpose.

FLORIDA’S HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSES


Provided by the Florida Lighthouse Association

Click on a lighthouse name below for information on that lighthouse:

Alligator Reef

Florida Keys
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 Amelia Island

Fernandina Beach
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American Shoal

Florida Keys
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Anclote Key

Tarpon Springs
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Port Boca Grande

Boca Grande
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Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral
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Cape Florida

Key Biscayne
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Cape St. George

St. George Island
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 Cape San Blas

Port St. Joe
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Carysfort Reef

Key Largo
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Cedar Keys

Seahorse Key
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Crooked River

Carabelle
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Egmont Key

St. Petersburg
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Fowey Rocks


Key Biscayne
Garden Key

Ft. Jefferson
Dry Tortugas
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Gasparilla Island

Gasparilla Island
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Hillsboro Inlet

Hillsboro Beach
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Jupiter Inlet

Jupiter
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Key West

Key West
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Loggerhead Key

Loggerhead Key
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Mayport

Mayport
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 Pensacola

Pensacola
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Ponce de Leon Inlet

Ponce de Leon Inlet
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St. Augustine

St. Augustine
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St. Johns River

Jacksonville
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St. Marks

St. Marks
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 Sand Key

Key West
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Sanibel Island 

Sanibel
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Sombrero Key

Marathon
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For tourist info on lighthouses in Florida, visit https://www.lighthousefriends.com

SPOTLIGHT ARTICLE: The 144 Year-Old St. Augustine Lighthouse

The St. Augustine Lighthouse, with its huge lens atop a tower of spiraling black and white stripes, enhances our continuing love affair with these maritime treasures.

When the first Spanish settlers arrived in St. Augustine, a wooden sentry watchtower was built on the Matanzas Inlet to serve as a lookout for hostile ships. This lookout became the first tower on U.S. soil to aid navigators, which became a predecessor for lighthouses we know today. Centuries later, during the 1700s a new coquina tower was built at the same location, later becoming the first official St. Augustine Lighthouse. After more than a century of service, it collapsed into the sea. Construction began on a new tower in 1871, which is the current St. Augustine lighthouse still standing after 144 years (October 2019 will mark its 245th anniversary).

A journey up the St. Augustine Lighthouse is well worth the 219 steps that take you to the top of the tower 165 feet high. The payoff is the surrounding vista and ocean view of the Atlantic. It’s hard to fathom a lighthouse keeper carrying heavy buckets of kerosene up hundreds of steps to keep the light burning each day.

General Admission Day Passes are: Adults: $12.95; Seniors (60+): $10.95; Children (Age 12 or under and 44″ or taller)

Included with your General Admission Day Pass:

Daily Demos
Explore lightkeeper duties and daily life, sailing, wooden boatbuilding and underwater archaeology during your visit. See the Daily Demo Schedule to customize your visit.
Maritime Hammock Scavenger Hunt
Grab a scavenger hunt card pack at the entrance to the Maritime Hammock trails and add a fun experience to your walk in the natural area of the historic site. Search for animals that live in this coastal habitat and learn about medicinal and historic uses of plants.These activities are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

PLUS:

Shipyard Play Area • Breathtaking 360º Views • Shipwreck Artifacts Revealed • 1876 Keepers’ House Exhibits • Maritime Hammock Nature Trails • Tin Pickle, Local Gedunk (WWII Themed Eatery)

Use Coupon Code LH15 to get 15% off your general admission. Discount applies ONLY to general admission and MUST be purchased online in advance.
CLICK HERE to download a 10% off general admission coupon that can be printed.

Other Cool Options at the St. Augustine Lighthouse:

DARK OF THE MOON GHOST TOUR
All ghosts no gimmicks! It’s the ONLY ghost tour that gets you INSIDE the tower at night! (As seen on TAPS) Cost: $25 per person

SUNSET/MOONRISE TOUR
Enjoy breathtaking views of the sunset and full moon rise with champagne and hors d’oeuvres on top of the tower! Cost: $30 per person

For more info, visit http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org.

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