Things To Do
- Climb the lighthouse tower for the best view in town!
- View exhibits housed in four historic structures and the Maritime Education Center.
- Children can enjoy the Cracker’s and Eliza’s Club featuring a shipyard play area.
- See wooden boatbuilding in progress.
- Hands-on activities for all ages indoors and outdoors on the site.
- Enjoy the Schedule of Daily Demos about lighthouses, boat building and maritime archaeology.
- View shipwreck artifacts being conserved in the lab.
- Learn about the role of St. Augustine and North Florida in our new World War II exhibit.
- Take a walk on nature trails.
The Museum offers a host of tours and programs beyond regular admission. Evening and night time programs allow you to experience the lighthouse after the sun goes down, and daytime programs allow you to have one-on-one time with the lighthouse keeper. You can even create your own experience. Find out more about these fun ways to expand your visit, including a Dark of the Moon Ghost Tour and Lighthouse Keeper’s Tour!
The Museum participates in the city’s NIGHTS OF LIGHTS, by decorating the site with white lights and 15 different holiday trees across the property. We also have our Nautical Christmas Tree featuring ornaments donated by visitors and guests in the Keepers’ House. Join us as we celebrate the holiday season!
LUMINARY NIGHT is a family friendly tradition during the Nights of Lights festival. This year, it will be a two-part events on December 1st and December 3rd. On December 1st at 7:00 PM, we will be hosting our first ever drive-through event in our parking lot where we will have various festive stations set up along the way for families to enjoy. This will be holiday-themed with elves, holiday carolers and the opportunity to pick up pre-purchased luminary kits. The luminary kits will each have 10 holiday/Lighthouse themed silhouettes and will go on sale Sunday, November 1st. Families around the community will light their luminaries at 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 3rd to be shared via social media through the hashtag #Luminary2020. This year has been hard on many in our community and this is a way to bring some light and joy to the holiday season.
Wedding ceremonies are allowable on a limited basis for a fee. Please email Volunteer & Event Manager Amanda Dixon at email@example.com for details.
Before You Visit
Open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. We close at 3:00 PM on Christmas Eve.
Special Holiday Extended Hours:
November 27 – 29, 2020: Open 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
December 26 – 30, 2020: Open 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
100 Red Cox Road
St. Augustine FL 32080
For their safety children must be at least 44 inches tall to climb the tower and must be able to do so under their own power. Carrying children in the tower is prohibited. Children under the height requirement have free admission, and one accompanying adult receives half-price admission.
All public restrooms are handicapped accessible, as are several exhibit areas. There is a “View from the Top” video in the wheelchair accessible, Maritime Center, and a climb-in puppet theater for little ones. Check out our Visitors’ Map to see our accessible areas and review the Museum Accessibility Policies here.
Service animal access to climb the 219 steps in the tower is prohibited for the safety of all. Animals are welcome on the historic grounds but not in historic buildings. Please do not leave animals in a vehicle.
There are so many ways to visit and explore the historic St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, both day and night!
We have discounts for veterans, local first responders and students, school groups, members and others.
A Shipyard Playground for children is just one of the many options for family fun at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.
Other fun things to do for kids include:
- WRECKED! exhibit tablets with a game about finding a shipwreck and artifacts underwater.
- 1874 Lighthouse Tower (self-guided climb up the 219-step spiral staircase for those 44 inches and taller)
- 1876 Keepers’ House: At Home with the Harns
- Nation’s Oldest Port Demos (interactive demonstrations)
- Maritime Hammock Nature Trails & Scavenger Hunt
- Maritime Education Center with hands-on children’s activities: Wooden climb-in lighthouse, puppets, etch-a-sketch, and viewfinders
- Conservation Lab and PGA Viewing Window
Heritage Boatworks is an onsite educational program staffed entirely by volunteer boatwrights. It is dedicated to keeping the art and skill of wooden boatbuilding alive in the Nation’s Oldest Port and inform and demonstrate to visitors the craft and importance of wooden watercraft to the history of St. Augustine and Florida.
Since their inception in 2007 the skilled boatwrights have created over 19 handmade one-of-a-kind wooden watercraft. Ranging from simple 15-foot wooden dory rowboats to a 22-foot Florida Skipjack sailing boat complete with Gaff and Jib sail rig and more recently unique wood strip kayaks.
The program maintains sustainability by having one or two boat drawings per year. Purchase your tickets for this year’s drawing during your visit and help sustain this historic maritime tradition in St. Augustine!
Heritage Boatworks is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture.
TIN PICKLE, LOCAL GEDUNK
A “gedunk” is the canteen or snack bar aboard a large vessel of the United States Navy. This World War II-themed eatery features baked goods, snacks, house-made fudge, sangria, specialty hot dogs and sandwiches! Locally brewed beer by Ancient City Brewing and gourmet popsicles from the Hyppo are also available.
Open daily. Stop by during your visit!
TAKING A DAY TRIP IN FLORIDA?
Are you in Florida for a special event? The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum in St. Augustine, Florida is the perfect spot for a family getaway! Visiting Disney or Universal in Orlando for the week? St. Augustine is just a quick road trip to visit the Nation’s Oldest City and historic Florida. Just travel down I-4 East to I-95 North.
Other fun Florida events:
- Daytona 500 (race week)
- Daytona Bike Week
- Epcot Food & Wine Festival
- Nights of Lights
- Fort Launderdale International Film Festival (by the way, the CEO lives in St. Augustine)
- Fantasy Fest
- Florida Georgia Weekend
- Jacksonville Fair
- Central Florida Fair
- Florida State Fair (Tampa)
- Lantern Festival – Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
- Halloween Horror Nights
- Gasparilla Pirate Festival
- Fernandina Shrimp Festival
- South Florida Renaissance Fair