There is something very picturesque and magical about lighthouses. They are tall, stately, and full of history. Each lighthouse is unique whether it's the structure of the lighthouse and/or the stories behind the historical significance.
Needless to say, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is a beautiful Florida treasure that is located south of Daytona Beach. Its family-friendly environment and beautiful location make it a perfect place to take a day trip if you are in the area.
The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark that was built in the late 1800s. Many lighthouse keepers were responsible for lighting up Mosquito Inlet (now known as Ponce de Leon Inlet) and providing light to the sailors in the Atlantic ocean.
What to do at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum?
The main show stopper is climbing the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and taking in the views from the top. It's really a beautiful sight!
Keep in mind that this is a very tall lighthouse with a spiral staircase so it may take some time to climb to the top, especially during crowded times. Once you're at the top, you can walk around the full 360 to take in the fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Ponce de Leon Inlet.
After climbing the towers, there are other structures and exhibits to visit on the grounds too.
The gift shop is a decent size so save time for browsing their goodies.
Fun Facts & Tips
There is a nature walking trail located towards the back of the property, which is perfect if you have little ones that need to burn some energy.
The Cat Cemetary is also located near the walking trail and it's is a memorial for all the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse cats that have spent their years overlooking the property.
Bring sanitizing wipes to clean your hands before and after touching the lighthouse handrails.
Wear walking shoes or shoes that will stay on your feet for climbing the lighthouse.
There is a great ice cream store, Lighthouse Ice Cream, within walking distance from the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.
Next to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse parking lot, there is a public park with a playground and restrooms.
For additional information regarding admission and hours of operation, visit the official Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum's website.
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Hello! I'm Tiffany, a creative travel writer, mother to three awesome kids, and Floridian. We like to visit beautiful Florida beaches, Florida State Parks, and of course Disney! I like to write about our travel adventures and provide tips to other families traveling or relocating to the Sunshine State.