Plan Your Next Visit to the Historic
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Change your perspective of the past.
America’s history will never look the same after a visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. From the breathtaking views of Northeast Florida to the artifacts recovered from our ancestors’ vessels, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum covers centuries of history from in and around St. Augustine, Florida.
Find a guided tour just right for your visit.
Families are invited to embark on a self-guided tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum and shipyard playground with a general admission ticket or enhance their experience with a guided tour. Take your chances with the lighthouse spirits on the “All Ghosts, No Gimmicks” Dark of the Moon paranormal tour or dive deeper into history and explore shipwreck artifacts on the Behind the Scenes or Lost Ships archaeology tours.
To find out more about a tour, choose one of the options below, or skip straight to our online ticket booth to reserve your spot on a tour or buy discounted general admission tickets.
During the month of April, the lighthouse will be undergoing historic preservation work. The museum WILL remain open throughout the process.
Ascend 219 steps and uncover 140 years of history on your climb to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. At the top, you’ll be treated to a 360º view that includes historic St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world!
Meet the sailors and lightkeepers who protected the coast.
Discover the stories of past lightkeepers, sailors and fishermen who shaped and protected the coast of Florida for more than 500 years. From the first lightkeepers who hauled oil buckets up the tower every night to the fishing pioneers who made St. Augustine the shrimp boat capital of the world, the Keepers’ House museum covers centuries of maritime history and educational exhibits.
GPS Address: 100 Red Cox Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080
From historic downtown: Follow hwy A1A across the historic Bridge of Lions and continue south until you see the Alligator Farm on your right make the next left onto Red Cox Road by the fire station. Our parking lot on is the left past the soccer fields on Red Cox Road.
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.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.*
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Extended hours 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.
*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.
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.