Climb to the top of the lighthouse tower for a majestic view of the nation's oldest city and the Atlantic Ocean while a historic interpreter tells about the changing coastline and its impact on ships over the city's long history. Discover the origins of the modern commercial shrimping industry that brought shrimp to dinner tables all over the world at the exhibit, Northeast Florida Shrimping: Foundations of a Global Enterprise. View traditional wooden boat building (call for specific times) and learn about the different types of vessels used in the area.
Kids* can play in our walk-in kaleidoscope and learn the science of how the lighthouse works, learn to tie sailor's knots, and be the captain of their ship in our play shipyard. Online Coupon.Guided Tours
Dark of the Moon All Ghosts, No Gimmicks! Guides share history and paranormal experiences of people who have visited, lived,or worked at the Lighthouse. Then you are given time to investigate on your own, with only a glow stick lighting your way. Reserve your spot now! We now offer a discounted combo ticket where you can visit the lighthouse during the day and the Dark of the Moon tour at night. Purchase your combo tickets!
Behind the Scenes Offered Daily this hour-long tour provides visitors with access to parts of the Historic Light Station not available with general admission, including our maritime archaeology artifact conservation lab! Limited space. Check times and days and reserve your spot now!
Sunset Moonrise This tour is given once a month on the full moon. You can enjoy a sunset and full moonrise from the most unique perspective of all...atop the St. Augustine Lighthouse! Space is limited. Reservation Required. Reserve your space!
Lost Ships Tour This is an exclusive 1.5 hour tour with one of the Lighthouse's archaeologists who make discoveries on the Lost Ships of St. Augustine wrecked off the coast of our nation's oldest port. The tour includes a multi-media presentation on the undewater archaeological investigations of the Lost Ships of St. Augustine and a tour of our maritime archaeology lab and facilities. Space is limited. Reserve your spot here!
From south I-95: take the I-95 exit for hwy 207. Turn north/east on 207 to hwy 312. Turn right (east) on 312 and cross the intercoastal waterway bridge to Anastasia Island. You can see the lighthouse from the top of the bridge to the northeast. Continue on 312 to hwy A1A. Turn left (north) on A1A and continue to Red Cox Road. Turn right on Red Cox Road by the fire station and follow until you see our parking lot on the left.
Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.* Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Extended hours during holidays and the month of July. Please check back during those times of year for hours. *From time to time we do close early for events. Hours are subject to change.
Height Regulation Info:
*For their safety, children must be 44 inches tall to climb the tower and 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.
Accessibility: Handicapped parking is available with wheelchair ramp access to the Visitor’s Center. Once inside the center, an orientation exhibit with an interactive computer begins the lighthouse experience. An alternative short entrance path is available from the handicapped parking to the historic grounds. Museum staff will open the gate upon request.
A wheelchair ramp provides access to the ground floor of the Keepers’ House containing exhibits and a movie documenting the light station’s history. However, the light station is an historic site and certain areas are accessible only by stairs, including the tower. Upon request, staff will open the emergency exit door to access the basement, a six-step stairway alternative, to the spiral staircase inside the dwelling. Stairs lead up to the second floor of the Keepers’ House. In case of temporary exhibits, complimentary materials are available for consultation by those who cannot climb the stairs.
Five steps equipped with handrails access the Oil House containing the Keepers’ Office and Oil Storage Room. An additional twelve granite steps equipped with handrails access the base of the tower and the view of the magnificent spiral stairway leading to the top of the tower.
A large-print, self-guided walking tour is available at the welcome counter in the Visitor’s Center. Shipwreck artifacts from the 18th century British supply ship Industry may now be explored via a Braille lesson plan for those who are visually impaired, and many exhibitions contain auditory elements.