As the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine is abundant with a wide variety of fascinating landmarks. Of them all, one of the most recognized is the black and white striped beacon that stretches over the ocean. The St. Augustine Lighthouse was erected in 1874 and is the oldest surviving brick structure in the city. Read on to learn more about interesting St. Augustine Lighthouse facts and how you can explore it during your next stay with us!
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St. Augustine Lighthouse History
After a long line of watchtower predecessors, construction of the St. Augustine Lighthouse began in 1871 and was installed just a few years later in 1874. It was created from Alabama brick and Philadelphia ironwork combined with a new hand-blown, nine-foot-tall, Fresnel lens, from Paris. After serving as a navigation aid for many years, the lighthouse was converted into a public museum during the 1990s. In order to restore the beacon to its former glory, the lighthouse was painted the same colors used in 1888.
About the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, preserving, presenting, and keeping alive the stories of the nation’s oldest port as symbolized by our working St. Augustine Lighthouse. Not only do they perform ongoing preservation to the beacon, but they serve over 225,000 visitors each year with tours, education, and more.
St. Augustine Lighthouse Tours
After a visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse, your views of our city will never be the same. Here is a quick look at the lighthouse’s most popular tours and programs.
- General Admission: This ticket includes full access to the lighthouse tower, the restored keeper’s house, nature trails, and maritime archaeology artifacts. There are also behind-the-scenes tours included with your admission each hour from 11 am to 3 pm.
- Dark of the Moon: The St. Augustine Lighthouse ghost tour is only for the bravest visitors! You’ll be able to search for the lighthouse’s infamous spirits, learn about the area’s dark past, and even rent EMF meters to track the ghosts that may be near.
- Sunset Moonrise: This is known as St. Augustine’s most breathtaking V.I.P experience. Held once a month, this incredible tour gives guests a spectacular view of the sunset and moonrise from the lighthouse tower. Since this tour is so popular, space is limited so we highly recommend reserving your spot in advance!
Immerse in the History of St. Augustine During Your Stay With Us
The perfect Florida escape calls for a unique place to stay! We invite you to lodge with us in our historic bed & breakfast nestled between two of the city’s oldest streets. Guests of the Victorian House are treated like family and enjoy cozy guest rooms, a hot breakfast each morning, and highly-appointed amenities to make you feel at home.