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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse: Artifacts, Exhibits and Scenic Views

Enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean from atop one of the tallest lighthouses in Florida and the United States. A National Historic Landmark, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse was erected in 1835 and is the oldest in the state of Florida. This majestic structure extends 175 feet into the sky. Scale the 203 steps for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities and breathtaking scenery.

A fascinating piece of Florida history, this popular tourist site near Daytona Beach offers a full day of fun and discovery for every member of the family.

Museum Tours

Discover unique artifacts and exhibits detailing shipwrecks, lighthouse life and nautical treasures. The lighthouse museum consists of all the station's original structures including the lighthouse tower and the three lighthouse keepers' homes and outbuildings. Each of the outbuildings have been converted into functional spaces such as the Woodshed Theater which now exhibits a video and the original tools used by the keepers. Other notable exhibits at the Ponce Inlet lighthouse include the Ayres Davies Lens Exhibit and the Cuban Rafts Exhibit. Both self-guided and group tours are available to visitors. 

Shopping

Located at the main entrance, visitors can shop for souvenirs, jewelry, artwork, clothing and more at the lighthouse gift shop. Portions of each sale help fund the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association's mission to preserve and share the history of the landmark. 

Local Events

The Daytona Beach lighthouse also hosts a variety of family-friendly events, guided tours and interactive workshops. The monthly Climb to the Moon event allows attendees to enjoy stunning views of the sunset and moonrise from the top of Florida's tallest lighthouse. Education events for students and  educators are also available at the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.

 
 

Details

Prices -

$6.95 for adults and $1.95 for children (11 & under). Infants admitted free of charge with paid adult/guardian
 

Hours -

Fall, Winter, and Spring Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; Summer Hours(Memorial Day through Labor Day): 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
 

Events

  • Reenactments
  • Climb to the Moon
  • Climb with the Keepers
 
 

Activities

  • Tours
  • Historical Exhibits
  • Family Fun Activities
 
 
Prices are subject to change. Please visit the venue website for current admission prices.

FAQs

  • What should I know before climbing the tower?

    With 203 steps, the climb up Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse can be strenuous for certain people. Guests should not attempt the climb unless they are in good physical condition. You should also wear closed toed-shoes with non-slip soles. High-heeled shoes, sandals and flip flops are not recommended. Guests should use the handrails at all times during the climb.
  • Are there any special tours available?

    The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association offers a pair of special interest tours for guests who want a more intimate experience. The "Climb to the Moon" and "Climb with Keeper" tours each provide access to normally restricted areas. Advance registration is required, and each tour costs $25 per person. For more information, call 386.761.1821 Ext. 18. Prices are subject to change. Please visit the venue website for current admission prices.
 

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