Beautiful Lighthouses in Florida Are Great Tourist Attractions
Florida is a great tourist destination and contains a large number of really beautiful lighthouses that are popular tourist attractions especially in the winter as the snow birds escape to the warm sunny beaches of Florida. Two of the tallest lighthouses in the United States are located in Florida and they are two of the most beautiful lighthouses in the country. For the most part the lighthouses in Florida are treated as great tourist attractions by the state and local governments and many of them are open to the public and welcome visitors and allow them to climb to the top for great views.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is a 175 foot high lighthouse located at 4931 South Peninsula Drive in Ponce Inlet, Florida about 10 miles south of Daytona Beach in northern Florida. This giant brick lighthouse was completed in 1887 and is the 3rd tallest lighthouse in the United States today. American author Stephen Crane used the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse as a beacon to row to shore after the ship he was traveling on sank off the Florida coast in 1897 and Crane wrote his famous short story The Open Boat about the experience. Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is open to the public today and there is a museum here also. This is a great tourist attraction in Daytona Beach for racing fans looking for something to do while visiting for the Daytona 500.
St. Augustine Lighthouse on Anastasia Island
St. Augustine Lighthouse is located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue on the north end of Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, Florida. Built in 1874 of brick the St. Augustine Lighthouse is 163 feet high making it the 8th tallest lighthouse in the United States today. The lighthouse is supposedly haunted and episodes of the TV show Ghost Hunters have been filmed here and supposedly captured paranormal activity occurring in the lighthouse and area and workers at the lighthouse have reported hearing strange sounds and often see shadowy figures. Today St. Augustine Lighthouse is run by the non-profit St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum Inc and is open to the public and visitors can climb the 219 steps to the top for great views from this fun tourist attraction in Florida.
Dry Tortugas Lighthouse on Loggerhead Key
The Dry Tortugas Lighthouse is 150 feet high and located on the westernmost key called Loggerhead Key in Dry Tortugas National Park off the southwestern coast of Florida and west of Key West. Dry Tortugas Light was completed in 1858 and is built of brick. The National Park Service owns the lighthouse but to access Dry Tortugas Lighthouse one must take a private boat.
Pensacola Lighthouse in Pensacola
Pensacola Lighthouse is a 150 foot high brick lighthouse located along Lighthouse Road in Pensacola, Florida. The Pensacola Lighthouse was built in 1858 and today is owned by the United States Coast Guard which leases the lighthouse out to the Pensacola Lighthouse Association which offers tours of the lighthouse to the public and visitors can climb to the top of the beautiful lighthouse for great views of Pensacola and the Gulf of Mexico.
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse in Pompano Beach
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is a 142 foot tall iron skeleton frame lighthouse located on the northern side of Hillsboro Inlet near Pompano Beach, Florida. Built in 1907 this lighthouse is and the 175 steps to the top is open only periodically throughout the year. For more info call the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society at 954-942-2102. Located between the great vacation cities of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is a popular tourist attraction in Florida.
Sombrero Key Lighthouse near Marathon
Sombrero Key Lighthouse is a 142 foot high cast iron open-frame lighthouse located on a submerged reef about 4 miles south of Sombrero Beach on Vaca Key near Marathon, Florida. One can view the lighthouse from Sombrero Beach but to get close visitors have to take a boat or fly over in a plane and the tower itself is not open to the public.
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse in Florida
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is a 137 foot high cast iron plate with brick lining lighthouse that is located along Lighthouse Road in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The current lighthouse was built and reconstructed from previous lighthouses in 1894 and today it is owned by the United States Air Force. Launches of spacecraft and rockets from Cape Canaveral have had effects on the lighthouse including damaging the old Fresnel lens which was replaced. Tours run by the Kennedy Space Center go to the lighthouse for more info call (321) 494-5945.
Alligator Reef Lighthouse
Alligator Reef Lighthouse is a 136 foot tall iron skeleton frame lighthouse located on a reef south of Route 1 about 3 miles south of the southern end of Upper Matecumbe Key. On a clear day one can see the Alligator Reef Lighthouse from Route 1 but to see the lighthouse up close visitors need to take a boat or plane and the tower is not open to the public.
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse in Jupiter
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is a 108 foot tall brick lighthouse located at 500 Captain Amour's Way in Jupiter, Florida. Jupiter Inlet Light was designed by Lt. George Meade who would go on to defeat General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg and the lighthouse was completely built by 1860. Today Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is open to the public and run by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society and visitors can climb to the top of this fun lighthouse tourist attraction for great views of the surrounding area and the Atlantic Ocean. For more info call (561) 747-8380.
Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle
Crooked River River Lighthouse is a 100 foot tall skeleton frame lighthouse located at 1975 Highway 98 West in Carrabelle, Florida. Built in 1895 this lighthouse is open to the public and visitors can climb to the top.
Cape San Blas Lighthouse
Cape San Blas Lighthouse is a cast iron 98 foot tall skeleton frame lighthouse located at the southern tip of Cape San Blas just off Cape San Blas Road in northern Florida along the Gulf of Mexico south of Port St. Joe and east of Apalachicola. Built in 1885 Cap San Blas is open to the public today though visitors cannot currently climb to the top.
Cape Florida Lighthouse in Key Biscayne
Cape Florida Lighthouse is 95 feet tall and located at 1200 Crandon Boulevard at the southern tip of Key Biscayne in Bill Baggs State Park about 10 miles southeast of Miami in Key Biscayne, Florida. Cape Florida Lighthouse was built in 1825 of brick and today it owned by the State of Florida and fully open to the public for tours. This lighthouse is located right along a beautiful beach in Key Biscayne and is a great tourist attraction in Florida.
Key West Lighthouse in Key West
Key West Lighthouse is 85 feet high and located at 938 Whitehead Street in Key West, Florida. Key West Lighthouse is made of brick and was completed in 1849. Owned today by Monroe County the Key West Lighthouse and museum is open to the public and visitors can climb the 88 steps to the top for fantastic views of Key West and the ocean. Key West is a great vacation spot in Florida in the winter and the Key West Lighthouse is a fun place to visit while vacationing here.
Egmont Key Lighthouse
Egmont Key Lighthouse is an 85 foot high brick lighthouse tower located on Egmont Key Island at the entrances to the ports of Tampa and St. Petersburg on Florida's west coast. It was built in 1858 and had its light tower removed in 1944 and replaced with a rotating beacon light. Visitors can see the Egmont Key Lighthouse from Fort De Soto Park and catch a ferry ride from there to Egmont Key to see the lighthouse if so inclined.
Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island
Cape St. George Lighthouse is a 74 foot high brick lighthouse located along the Gulf of Mexico on St. George Island, Florida about 60 miles east of Panama City. Cape St. George Lighthouse was originally built in 1852. In the late 1990's hurricanes caused the lighthouse to tilt over and it finally collapsed in 2005. Salvage teams and volunteers retrieved the bricks from the old lighthouse and the St. George Lighthouse Association rebuilt the lighthouse in a park on St. George Island and the lighthouse is a popular tourist attraction open to visitors today. For more info call (850) 927-7744.
St. Mark's Lighthouse on Apalachee Bay
St. Mark's Lighthouse is 73 feet high and is located along Lighthouse Road at the mouth of the St. Marks River on Apalachee Bay in the Gulf of Mexico in northern Florida about 30 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida. The lighthouse was built of brick and completed in 1842. Today St. Mark's Lighthouse is owned by the Coast Guard and operated by the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and the grounds are open to the public but the tower is not.
Garden Key Lighthouse at Fort Jefferson
The Garden Key Lighthouse is 70 feet high and located in Fort Jefferson on Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park off the southern coast of Florida west of Key West. Built of boilerplate iron Garden Key Lighthouse was completed in 1877. The lighthouse itself is not open to the public today however Fort Jefferson is open to the public offering great views of the lighthouse but to reach here one must take a ferry. For more info call 305-242-7700.
Amelia Island Lighthouse in Fernandina Beach
Amelia Island Lighthouse is a pretty 58 foot high brick with stucco finish lighthouse located on Amelia Island at the mouth of the St. Marys River in northern Florida just across the border with Georgia. Dating back to 1838 Amelia Island Lighthouse was rebuilt in 1885 and still functions today. It is owned by the resort town of Fernandina Beach which offers tours of the lighthouse. Form more info call (904) 277-7350. Amelia Island is a beautiful tourist destination in Florida.
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