Ponce Inlet, Florida
Lighthouse on the Inlet
The trip to Daytona Beach is not complete without a trip to Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Just a few miles south of Daytona Beach, historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse just celebrated it’s 125th birthday. Reaching 175 feet in height, it’s the tallest lighthouse in Florida and one of the tallest lighthouses in the U.S. Including the entrance steps, it’s 203 steps to the top, and if your breathless when you get to the top, it might just be because of the view.
Surrounding Ponce Inlet Lighthouse are the dwellings of the keepers and assistant keepers of the men, women and families that kept the lighthouse running from it’s beginning until it went automated. Also, many other buildings surround the lighthouse with interesting exhibits depicting life and work for the families from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. Some of the buildings include the Generator Building and the Lens Exhibit Building, which is amazing. Take your time and don’t miss anything, everything is very interesting. There’s is also a nature trail that’s very pretty, and a park with a playground for the kids.
Ponce De Leon Inlet Lightouse Preservation Association, Inc.
While general admission for adults is only $6.95 and for children under 12 $1.95, you can become a member of the Preservation Association for as little as $20.00. The money goes to restore and maintain the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Museum and grounds. Though still used as a navigational aid by the Coast Guard, the Preservation Association maintains the property and all donations are appriciated. Parking is easy and free, and right around the corner is the Marine Science Center, so you can make a day of it! Enjoy!
See you at the Beach!