How to Explore Behind the Scenes of the St. Augustine Lighthouse

With over 400 years of exciting history, St. Augustine is an incredible destination for history buffs. One of the most iconic sites in town is the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Featured on national television shows and news articles, this famous attraction has brought dozens of visitors to the Nation’s Oldest City to discover its many secrets. Keep reading to learn about how you can experience the St. Augustine Lighthouse for yourself! 

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Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse

During the day, visitors go to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum to explore the grounds as well as the towers. The lighthouse tower is 165 feet tall, and you must climb 219 steps to reach the observation deck. Aside from the lighthouse itself, the grounds also feature the 1876 Keepers’ House, a gift shop, and nature trails. The museum offers a Behind the Scenes Tour every day at 2 p.m., which details St. Augustine lighthouse facts as well as the history of boatbuilding, and shipwreck archeology.

Tour the St. Augustine Lighthouse

Lighthouse Keeper’s Tour

Bring all of your questions and imagination with you along the Lighthouse Keeper’s Tour. You’ll learn what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper of the past and today. This tour is an hour-long, and you’ll be able to stroll around the light station, learn about the history of the lighthouse and its keepers, and climb a working lighthouse tower. 

This experience is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. 

Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours

While visiting the lighthouse during the day might be fun for history buffs, visitors interested in the paranormal will want to take the Dark of the Moon Tour. During this guided tour, you’ll hear the spooky stories of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Keepers’ House. If you’d rather conduct a paranormal investigation yourself, you can skip the tour and have three hours of exploration time. Guests who book this option can rent EMF meters from the museums or (if you’re a serious ghost-hunter) you can bring your equipment. The ghost tours support both maritime archaeology and historic research discoveries at the Maritime Museum.

Ghost Tours are offered year-round on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and more days during peak times.

St. Augustine Lighthouse SIDE QUEST

This escape room-type experience is a fun-filled activity for friends, family, and co-workers. During SIDE QUEST, you’ll search for clues, solve puzzles, and have an adventure! 

Make your reservation at https://www.staugustinelighthouse.org

Sunset Moonrise

Once a month, a group of guests are treated to a spectacular view of Mother Nature’s nightly changing of the guard. During this event, you’ll climb up the steps to the top of the lighthouse tower watch the sun disappear from picturesque St. Augustine, while the full moon ascends into the sky. In addition to the breathtaking view, guests are treated to complimentary champagne and hor’s d’ oeuvres from The Reef Restaurant.

Purchase tickets to this event here.

Lens Room Tour

For an up-close look, book the Exclusive Lens Room Tour, which showcases the impressive original 1874 Fresnel lens. This magnificent, handmade marvel of scientific engineering and artistry is nine feet tall, weighs two tons, and is composed of more than 370 handmade glass prisms. You won’t get closer to this piece of history than with the Lens Room Tour, so this is an extraordinary opportunity! 

Call 904-829-0745 to reserve this exclusive lighthouse experience.

Expand Your Visit and Create Your Own Experience

If you want to create a custom experience that meets all of your needs and desires during your trip to the St. Augustine Lighthouse, you can do that with the Create Your Own Experience option. You can customize your trip with possibilities including a Behind the Scenes Tour, private dinners in the lighthouse, private ghost investigations, a sunrise experience from the top of the tower, a private party, and more!

Call 904-829-0745 to set up your own experience today!

Stay in the Heart of St. Augustine at Agustin Inn

After a day of exploring the historic lighthouse, you’ll need a cozy place to spend the night. Book a room at Agustin Inn and enjoy a quiet evening of rest and relaxation. Our wonderful bed and breakfast has an outstanding selection of elegant yet comfortable guest rooms, convenient amenities, and a delicious daily breakfast!book our champagne romance package

If you’re interested in enhancing your stay with us, check out our selection of specials and packages. Are you planning a romantic getaway? Add our Champagne Romance Package to your reservation. It includes one-dozen red roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, and complimentary champagne! Your loved one will be so impressed with the extra touch.

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