Florida October 31, 2016
The Lighthouse Road Trip On The Florida Coast That’s Dreamily Beautiful
Lighthouses are not just historic landmarks; they provide a fun and usually inexpensive way to get the best view in town. Note: Florida has
A LOT of lighthouses, so it would be impossible to include them all, but this trip would be a good way to start learning about Florida’s history and natural beauty.
1. Cape St. George Light
This 72-foot brick beauty sat on St. George Island for 153 years before it fell over in 2005. Thankfully, the pieces were recovered and restoration of the lighthouse was finished in 2008. Here you can explore the lighthouse museum and giftshop, and for $5 even climb the lighthouse.
2. St. Marks Lighthouse
Next we'll head to St. Marks to the second-oldest lighthouse in the state of Florida. The 82-foot lighthouse sits on the Apalachee Bay, and it's still active today.
3. Amelia Island Light
First constructed in 1838, the Amelia Island Light is Florida's oldest lighthouse. It was built with materials from Georgia's Little Cumberland Island Light. Lighthouse tours are given on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and prior registration is required. Keep in mind that climbing the lighthouse is not part of the tour. The property around the lighthouse can be viewed Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
4. St. Augustine Light
The current version of the St. Augustine Light is open to the public, and there are even ghost tours given at night. It was built in 1874, and it's located on the northern end of Anastasia Island.
5. Ponce De Leon Inlet Light
This striking red lighthouse stands at 175 feet, making it the tallest lighthouse in Florida. This landmark located south of Daytona is open seven days a week for climbing. There is also a museum and three keepers' houses to explore.
6. Cape Canaveral Lighthouse
This unique-looking lighthouse was constructed to warn ships of the dangerous shoals off the coast of Cape Canaveral. The current light was constructed in 1868 and moved inland 30 years later. The tours here are more expensive than most at $27, but the three-hour tours also include stops at the Air Force Space and Missile History Center, two launch sites, and admission to Port Canaveral's Exploration Tower.
7. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
This iconic lighthouse sits in one of the most beautiful natural areas of Florida. Daily tours give guests the chance to climb the lighthouse stairs, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Tuesday through Sunday.
8. Hillsboro Lighthouse
Making a trip to this lighthouse in Pompano Beach is a little trickier than the others, but it's a really special experience. If you want to include Hillsboro Lighthouse on your trip, you'll have to plan carefully. It's only open on select dates, and the only two left for 2016 are November 6th and December 3rd, and you're going to have to take a tour boat to reach the lighthouse. The scenic view at the top is worth the trip. For more information on booking a tour, check out this
9. Cape Florida Lighthouse
You can visit this historic lighthouse and one of the best beaches in the country at the same time with a trip to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Tours of the lighthouse are given twice a day on Thursdays through Mondays.
Are you ready to hit the road? Do you have any favorite lighthouses in Florida? You can look at the map for the Lighthouse Road Trip