St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

ALEX.SANCHEZ@STAUGUSTINE.COM The Hughes family of New York, climbed down the 219 steps down the St. Augustine Lighthouse on Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014. The original watchtower became Florida's first lighthouse in 1824. By 1870, the tower was threatened by shoreline erosion and construction began on the current lighthouse. The new tower was completed in 1874. The old tower collapsed into the sea during a storm in 1880.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

The current site of the St. Augustine Lighthouse has served as a beacon to ships off the Atlantic coast since the first Spanish settlers came in 1565.

The current lighthouse, built in 1824, became Florida’s first.

Restored in the 1980s by the Junior Service League, the watchtower is 165 feet above sea level and features a Fresnal lens from 1855.

Visitors can climb 219 steps to breathtaking views of the nation’s oldest city, and tour the Keeper’s House and museum, which offers a glimpse of lighthouse history through the years.

Tours, maritime archaeological programs and sunset/moonrise events are also offered.


Address: 81 Lighthouse Ave.

Phone: 904-829-0745