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.
- 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!
The Museum has events throughout the year, including member events, speaker series, camps, book signings, and historical anniversary celebrations. Like us on Facebook to hear about all of our events throughout the year!
The Museum hosts LUMINARY NIGHT, a free event the first Wednesday of each December as a THANK YOU to the community for its continued support. Local music groups and choirs perform, kids make crafts, two thousand luminaries are placed around the historic site, food and homemade baked goods are available for purchase, and attendees climb to the top of the Lighthouse at night. Last but not least, Santa attends each year to the delight of children of all ages!
NIGHT FEST is held in early March in partnership with the Junior Service League of St. Augustine (JSL), which founded the nonprofit Museum to preserve the historic St. Augustine Lighthouse and keepers’ house. The JSL opens the event with the Lighthouse 5K and Fun Run at 4:00 PM, followed by free access to the historic Lighthouse and grounds and children’s activities through 8:00 PM.
Wedding ceremonies are allowable on a limited basis for a fee. Please email Volunteer & Event Manager Miranda Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Before You Visit
Open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and until 7:00 PM during holidays and summer months.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Note: The lighthouse tower may close due to weather and other events. Hours are subject to change.
100 Red Cox Drive
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 Museum accessibility policies here.
Service animal access to climb the 219 steps in the tower is limited 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
Volunteer boatbuilders work in the Museum Heritage Boatworks from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Tuesday through Thursday. See them making wooden craft following boatbuilding traditions practiced in St. Augustine for over 400 years. Boatbuilders work with Museum researchers to ensure authentic builds of historic, wooden, small craft. The Museum hosts an annual Heritage Boatworks Drawing for a chance to win one of our boats. Purchase drawing tickets during your visit, and help keep alive this long-standing maritime traditional skill!
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