Monday, April 18, 2016

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Florida

Before getting to our hotel, our next stop was to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. The Lighthouse is St. Augustine's oldest surviving brick structure, and today the site is restored to colors and materials used the year 1888.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse rises 165 feet above sea level and contains 219 steps that are climbed by visitors. At the top, the original, first order Fresnel lens still serves the beacon, but today is lit by a 1000 watt bulb, and maintained by the museum and volunteers. The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the past and keeping alive the story of the nation's oldest port.

The cost is $13 per adult to visit, *Fun little fact, St. Augustine is very military friendly! Drew was able to get a discounted admission for being an active duty servicemen (perk of being back in the states!) For those who aren't military related, you can get 15% off tickets if you order online, or there are free coupon books at every major attraction, with the book you are able to get discounts from $1-$5 or 10-15% off! When travelling every little bit helps!

Drew really wanted to climb up to the top of the lighthouse, I was skeptical...219 stairs, I had flashbacks back to Kotor and climbing up to the Fortress! This wasn't as bad. I think almost 1400 steps vs 219 steps is cake walk. This time it was only 8 landings and on every landing, there was something fun to play with! The view from the top was worth the climb. If you've ever been to Florida, you know that everything is flat, it was an amazing view from the top, it made me remember why I love Florida.

After climbing down the stairs, we decided to check out the Inn Keepers home where the museum is located. I'm not a museum person, but it was still nice to check out. We walked around the area for a bit before heading out. 

It's been so nice to be able to continue travelling like we did in Germany! I can't wait to share our St. Augustine Adventure!

Cost: $13 Adults Seniors & Children (Over 12): $11 | 15% off tickets if purchased online
Military Discount
Hours: 9a-6p
Parking Free
Not Stroller or Pet Friendly