According to Mini Time, a popular vacation site for families, there are five lighthouses in the US that are worth the climb this Summer and St. Augustine is definitely on the list!
The article lists remarkable lighthouses in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Oregon, Florida and New York. This listing includes the Statue of Liberty herself!
Before and just after the turn of the century close to 900 lighthouses could be found among the shores of the US, serving as sentinels for sailors long before the invention of new age navigation. Although American lighthouses have become modernized and high tech, many remain interested in these historic structures making them popular stops for summer vacations.
Visitors enjoy the thrill of climbing the stairs to the top on the same staircases climbed hundreds of years ago. This certainly includes the one in St. Augustine, Fl as it remains one of the most popular attractions in the nation’s oldest city.
The 219-step climb to the top of the 1874 tower of the St Augustine Lighthouse rewards with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean and an amazing skyline of the city's historic buildings. Visitors can take a guided tour, watch traditional boat building, and view the keeper’s house and shipwreck artifacts.
The St Augustine Lighthouse also offers a “Dark of the Moon Tour” at night which has been featured on the popular TV show Ghost Hunters; in fact, the crew themselves are planning a trip here in September. Their tour offers exploration of paranormal tales surrounding the lighthouse, which is known as one of the most haunted sites in the city.
The lighthouse grounds are also visited nightly during the popular Ghosts and Gravestones tour to hear haunted tales of the past light keeper and his daughters’ tragic accident. The girls are said to haunt the lighthouse park to this day. Ghost and Gravestones tickets may be purchased from the inn for your convenience.
Whether by day or night be sure to plan a trip to the St Augustine Lighthouse upon your next visit. The lighthouse is located just minutes away from the inn and is near the beautiful Anastasia State Park and across the street from the popular St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park.