St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
A visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is more than you might expect! Climb 219 steps for a breathtaking view of both St. Aug and the beaches. Or go below to discover a 1782 British shipwreck. Take guided tours, free with admission, on the hour 11 am - 3 pm. Check out the exhibits in the Keepers' House and Maritime Archaeology Center. Visitors also encounter ghosts on the nighttime Dark of the Moon tour, which is the only St. Augustine ghost tour that gets you inside the Lighthouse. Book in advance because it fills up fast, and book mid-week to avoid crowds. For general admission purchase your tickets on-line in advance w/coupon code LH15 to get a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Or join as a family member for discounts to local attractions, and 20% off in the Museum shop as well as free admission all year long. Step up and make a difference at our non-profit museum. You help keep the light shining when you visit.
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  • Debbie K
    Enterprise, Alabama11 contributions
    Luminary night
    I'm 64 and my husband is 72 with a knee brace currently. We climbed it and thought it easier than the Tybee Island lighthouse we climbed 20 years ago on our honeymoon! The luminaries were beautiful and they had decent live music and homemade bakery items. We got there right at 6 and thought we would not be able to go, but lucked up with someone leaving right in front of the lighthouse. We're not from the area and parking seemed to be very hard to find especially when it's already dark.
    Debbie, thank you for your review. We're so glad you and your husband climbed the lighthouse and were able to enjoy the views. Our luminary night is something we are very proud of and we're glad you and your husband well able to enjoy it. Come back again.
    Written 12 December 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 8 December 2022
  • DebbyS1
    26 contributions
    Worth the climb for fabulous view!
    Thought this venue was priced reasonably. The 212 steps up to the top was a bit challenging but well worth the climb. Many other exhibits that for a true history buff could take all day.
    Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. We agree the 219 steps are a challenge, but well worth it! We hope you come back and see us agin.
    Written 12 December 2022
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    Visited December 2022
    Written 10 December 2022
  • Scarsdale54
    121 contributions
    Beautifully preserved
    This is a beautifully preserved lighthouse with out buildings. We felt the price was a little high but there are a few extra well preserved and furnished buildings, including the light keepers house, and the grounds are well kept. We were there for St. Augustine's Festival of Lights and the grounds were also decorated beautifully for Christmas.
    Thank you for visiting our lighthouse and museum. We're glad you could enjoy our Christmas decorations in conjunction with St. Augustine Festival of Lights. We are a nonprofit and rely on our visitor admission fees and donations to help keep the light on. We hope to see you again.
    Written 15 December 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 14 December 2022
  • Red-Barchetta2011
    Suffield, Connecticut749 contributions
    Amazing Lighthouse
    This is a must see when in area. I like to visit lighthouses when I travel and I will say this is maybe best one I have visited. It is well maintained and you can climb the 219 steps to the top. I am not a heights person but I did it. I did only peaked outside the main deck. My family went out though and they loved the view. We were expecting the light house and home but the museum has number of out buildings to stroll around and explore. All the buildings were well reserved. The inn keeper’s house was very nice with a lot of great history. We did go earlier on Saturday and by time we left was getting crowded so plan accordingly. We did get the annual pass as for 4 of use it was only 5 dollars more and you get a discount at the museum store and some other locations. We used the pass to get a discount at the oldest house. So was worth the 5 extra dollars.
    Thank you for your review and welcome to the St. Augustine Lighthouse family. We're so glad you and your family enjoyed our lighthouse (and congrats on your climb), museum, and buildings. As a member, we look forward to you joining us again.
    Written 21 December 2022
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    Visited December 2022
    Written 21 December 2022
  • Lana B
    Macon, Georgia108 contributions
    Night of lights was beautiful
    The lighthouse is very beautiful. We took the night of lights tour and climbed to the top of the lighthouse. The climb is tough spiral all the way, but there was spots to take a break. Everything was lit up so beautifully. The decorations surrounding the house and lighthouse was very pretty. The staff was very friendly and helpful. they had a snack station too if you wanted. A must see when in st. augastine
    Visited December 2022
    Written 22 December 2022
  • Melonie_M23
    Joshua, Texas3 contributions
    Dark of the Moon A+
    We did the Dark of the Moon tour & all loved it. Family of 4 (17 & 12 yr olds). My son got an RMF reader & thought that was so cool. The stories are very entertaining. The lighthouse & grounds are beautiful (even though we only saw them in the darkness with glow sticks but that was the fun part). When in St Augustine & if interested in ghosts, this tour is a must.
    Thank you for your review. We are glad you and your. family enjoyed the Dark of the Moon tour. Please come back during the day when you can see everything!.
    Written 12 January 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2023
  • tammyw861
    Jersey Shore, New Jersey9 contributions
    Crowded, enjoyed the nature trail, think it’s coukd be better
    We went to the lighthouse a few days after Christmas. We waited in line for about 45 minutes. It gets very cramped at the top, not much space but views are beautiful. There is a museum with artifacts from shipwrecks. We also walked the nature trail which was a nice reprieve from the crowd. There is also a spot to it hot dogs and brownies.
    Tammy, thank you for your review. First, we're glad you enjoyed the views and the nature trails. We do have staff and volunteers that monitor people coming in and going out of the lighthouse. We'll review.
    Written 12 January 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2023
  • ILRebel
    Rockford, Illinois261 contributions
    A nice side trip
    A beautiful place to visit. Not a tourist trap place, no huge buildup around this working light. No shops or food, just a lighthouse to climb for awesome viws, a walk through the keepers house, a walk on a trail through the woods, cute play area for the kids. Maybe an hour and a half trip. Good for that couple of hours to fill. Quiet and very well taken care of. Warning 219 steps, don't try it with bad knees!!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 January 2023
  • Erik W
    3 contributions
    Beautiful views
    Little expensive but beautiful view at the top. Appreciated stories on each level and that you could see where the light was still functioning. Light keepers museum was great. There were other things to see on the property but the kids didn’t last.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 January 2023
  • ccmccarty58
    Williamson, New York17 contributions
    Truly remarkable landmark
    Such a well done renovation. It looks brand new. The museum was interesting, informative and original. The lighthouse was wonderfully restored. I didn’t climb the 200+ steps but there were many people who did and really seemed to enjoy the experience. The store had items not in all the tourist shops. I liked it well enough to become a member even though I live in NYS.
    Welcome to the St. Augustine Lighthouse family. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and we're glad you became a member! We're so glad you enjoyed your total experience. We look forward to seeing you again.
    Written 22 January 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 January 2023
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Paula W.
Fort Worth, TX110 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
I probably shouldn't review this place, but I'd like to let people know there isn't enough parking. We couldn't find any parking and left. Three other cars behind us did the same thing.
Written 19 November 2023
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We are sorry you could not find parking and left without seeing our grounds. We have a 50 space lot which is free, and parking along the park and the road near the wooded lot across the street. You can also take the trolley Beach bus over and you get a discount ticket w their sticker! We hope you come back and see all we have to offer.
Written 21 November 2023
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Alexandre C
Cutler Bay, FL8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The lighthouse and the entire surrounding complex are well preserved. The view from the top of the lighthouse is incredible. It's not easy to climb 216 steps to the top, but it's worth it. Good place to visit, sit down and relax as well as letting the children play in various parts of the complex, including the caravel-shaped toy with a slide.
Written 13 November 2023
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed the total complex. Yes, we agree the view at the top is incredible and worth the climb. We're glad that in addition to seeing everything you were able to sit back and relax.
Written 14 November 2023
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Kimberly K
17 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very interesting and pretty! The lighthouse, museum, and everything else on property was very cool! We climbed up to the top of the lighthouse and the view was amazing! We will be back!
Written 6 November 2023
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Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to having you back.
Written 10 November 2023
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Fam_o_5_plus_1
Wisconsin2,198 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We have always wanted to stop here since we saw it on Ghost Hunters. We did a stop and it was nice. Everyone was very friendly and it was well laid out. Lots of historical information as well. Glad we stopped. Also take bug spray as there were a ton of mosquitoes when we went.
Written 4 November 2023
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you stopped by and could see all we have to offer. Unfortunely, this time of year Florida has its mosquitoes. The county does come by and spray for us.
Written 4 November 2023
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lmno67
Pocono Mountains Region, PA63 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The view was amazing! The stairs are not too bad, we took a little break at each landing. You can take you time going up and down at each landing. Depending on how busy it is you have to stop on the landings between flight for others to pass you in the opposite direction as it’s single file. It was worth it. Cute gift shop too.
Written 31 October 2023
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Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit and our gift shop. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
Written 1 November 2023
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Kevin W
48 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Yes there are alot of steps but it is so worth it to see how from the top and to watch the inner workings of the light. The lighthouse keeper job was not easy as you will find out. The museum parts are very well displayed and easy to understand. Highly recommend for everyone.
Written 29 October 2023
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Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit and all our grounds. We hope to see you again.
Written 1 November 2023
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James c
Oklahoma City, OK186 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
I thought $15 was a little steep at first but its well worth it. The ground are nice, feels like a southern plantation. The history of shipwrecks, shrimp farming in st sugustine and of course all the ethnicities that came to st augustine all all covered in the museums plus the lighthouse of course. The lighthouse climb is a must if you're fit. The views of the surroundings are nice. There was trails but I passed for time.
Written 27 October 2023
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and our history and found our grounds nice We hope you return and can enjoy the trails and our expanding exhibits.
Written 29 October 2023
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Amy W
Loganville, GA142 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Climbing up the lighthouse was neat. There are landings at each floor so it gives a little break (or makes the climb less scary). Pretty views at the top. The grounds had a good bit to see (the keepers house, artifacts from shipwrecks), but we went through pretty fast with small kids so it seemed a bit pricey.
Written 17 October 2023
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed our lighthouse, view and exhibits. We're sorry you found it a bit pricey but we are a nonprofit and must rely on donations and entrance fees to keep the light on. Also, if the children are under the height requirement they have free admission, and one accompanying adult receives half-price admission.
Written 23 October 2023
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Cathie K
6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful grounds Kids loved climbing the lighthouse Interesting historical information
Displays were historical and interesting Clim isn't bad just pace yourself
Written 13 October 2023
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Thank you for your review and visiting out grounds. We're glad you and your family had a nice time and learned a lot. Come back and see us again.
Written 15 October 2023
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TrishA4
Brandenburg, KY2,982 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Visited the lighthouse while on vacation. Our timeshare was just minutes away. Grounds are nicely maintained as is the lighthouse and the other buildings on site. I made it UP the 219 steps and purchased at-shirt that stated so! 😎 Very nice museum in the light keeper house. Gift shop had some nice items. The volunteers were very nice, informative, and helpful. Enjoy!
Written 13 October 2023
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and all our grounds have to offer. We hope to see you again and congrats on your climb!
Written 15 October 2023
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