Plan Your Next Visit to the Historic
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Change your perspective of the past.
America’s history will never look the same after a visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. From the breathtaking views of Northeast Florida to the artifacts recovered from our ancestors’ vessels, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum covers centuries of history from in and around St. Augustine, Florida.
Enjoy these guided tours and interactive programs included with your general admission.
Help us search for the smallest artifacts and unlock shipwreck secrets in this hands-on archaeology activity.
Available 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., seven days a week!
Behind the Scenes Tour
Step back in time on a guided tour of Lighthouse history, wooden boatbuilding and shipwreck archaeology!
Available 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., seven days a week!
Maritime Hammock Scavenger Hunt
Grab a scavenger hunt card pack at the entrance to the Maritime Hammock trails and add a fun experience to your walk in the natural area of the historic site. Search for animals that live in this coastal habitat and learn about medicinal and historic uses of plants.
These programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Hours, Directions and Safety Notes
Please click on any of the options below to review this important information before your visit. If you have any questions, please call us at (904) 829-0745.» Hours
- The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- Open until 7:00 p.m. during holidays and summer months.
- From time to time we do close the lighthouse tower due to weather and other events. Hours are subject to change.
- GPS Address: 100 Red Cox Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080
- From Downtown St. Augustine, cross the Bridge of Lions heading south on A1A. Gopast the lighthouse to Red Cox Road, located across from the Alligator Farm entrance, next to the fire station and Hamilton Upchurch Skate Park. Make a left on Red Cox Road and you will arrive at our free parking lot on the left just past the soccer fields.
- From St. Augustine Beach, Flagler Beach, or Daytona Beach, head north on A1A toward historic downtown St. Augustine. Turn right on Red Cox Road, located across from the Alligator Farm next to the fire station and Hamilton Upchurch Skate Park. You will arrive at our free parking lot located on the left just past the soccer fields.
- From I-95 take Exit 311 for State Road 207. Turn northeast on 207 to State Road 312. Turn right 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 A1A. Turn left on A1A and continue to Red Cox Road. Turn right on Red Cox Road by the fire station and Hamilton Upchurch Skate Park and follow until you see our parking lot on the left just past the soccer fields.
» Height Restrictions
- 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.
» Camera Use Policy
- The following set policy is established to help you have a happy Lighthouse experience!
- The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum (the Museum or the Lighthouse) is a private, not for profit Florida Corporation. We are neither a public park nor government-owned. The Museum does permit small personal cameras such as those on smart phones, or hand-held cameras to be used throughout the site for personal use. This includes the tower, keepers; house, porches and yard area, with a few exceptions.
- We reserve the right to limit, or restrict outright, large cameras or any type of camera equipment for the safety and privacy of both people and objects.
- We restrict camera access inside the lens room. However, the lens room is available only on special tours, reserved in advance. You will be given instructions about protecting the lens when you are up close.
- We also reserve the right to restrict photography of fragile artifacts sensitive to light.
- You may take small cameras to the top of the tower.
- Internal workings of the Museum including business operations, guest experiences, museum tours, etc. are private. We also respect the rights of our guests to enjoy a peaceful visit free from unwanted surveillance. We have experienced incidents where gusts of wind have blown drones into guests and staff causing unintended injury.
- As allowed by Florida law, we do not allow the flying of drones in, on, or above our private property, even if the operator is standing off-site.
- You may fly drones from public property nearby. Please just make sure your drone stays over that public area. You can get some great shots from this distance. Many feel these photos are even better than those taken up close.
- We respect the rights of professional photographers and artists to photograph, paint and sculpt our site. You can find select works by local artists in our gift shop under the Brand, “Uniquely St. Augustine.” We also love to work with the press. To film or photograph our site for uses, other than personal ones, we ask that you apply for and sign our media agreement in advance. You may request a copy of this agreement from our Director of Public Relations by calling the Museum at 904 829-0745. Please give us advance notice as we may not be available on a drop-in basis to grant a filming permit. We have already permitted all types of professional and organizational filming in this way.
- Please be aware that the FAA, State of Florida, City of St. Augustine may have other laws or regulations that may impact filming, safety or privacy. We hope you have a safe and definitely enjoyable visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Please do share those fun pictures with us on Facebook or Twitter!
» Handicap 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.