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. 


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.