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Florida Lighthouse in Ponce Inlet

It’s not at all surprising that the majority of the most beautiful beaches in Florida are found on the west coast.

But preferences aside, the Northeast coast also counts with amazing beaches AND with the tallest Florida Lighthouse.

There are 29 lighthouses remaining in the Sunshine State, and exploring all of them is definitely on our bucket list!

florida lighthouse Ponce de Leon at Ponce Inlet

Florida Lighthouse in Ponce Inlet

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is 175 feet tall and one of the tallest masonry lighthouses in the U.S. A treasure for lighthouse lovers and history buffs, visiting this park is a one of a kind experience.

At first, we thought climbing the lighthouse would be out of reach. Thankfully, it was just a thought.

florida lighthouse Ponce de Leon at Ponce Inlet

For some reason, we imagined this lighthouse would be like others we’ve seen – not accessible for visitors to climb.

I mean, isn’t that the greatest part of all? To climb a lighthouse? Well, this Florida lighthouse is more than open for climbing!

florida lighthouse Ponce de Leon at Ponce Inlet

At just 203 steps, climbing this lighthouse is more than a challenge – it’s a must!

You might be saying to yourself that 203 steps are a no brainer. And in reality, you are right.

But this amount of steps, going up a spiral staircase, is a whole different ball game. However, it’s not a hard or uncomfortable climb.

florida lighthouse Ponce de Leon at Ponce Inlet

florida lighthouse Ponce de Leon at Ponce Inlet

Once you reach the top, the breathtaking view of the lovely and beautiful Ponce Inlet beach is undeniably worth the climb.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

Designated a National Landmark, it’s also the tallest lighthouse in Florida. The museum boasts of incredible history and artifacts that take you on an amazing experience about light, sounds, and what life as a lightkeeper was like.

florida lighthouse Ponce de Leon at Ponce Inlet

There are plenty of reasons why we love this place so much. The main one – feeling instantly transported to another era, right along the coast of one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida!

So yes, it’s no secret that Ponce Inlet Beach is one of our favorite beaches on the Northeast coast of Florida. Moreover, the fact that we can enjoy this gorgeous lighthouse during a beach trip is an absolute treasure.

florida lighthouse Ponce de Leon at Ponce Inlet

Which Florida lighthouse have you explored? Which one is your favorite? Comment below! 

Plan your visit

Hours: Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Opens from 10 am to 9 pm during summertime. (the last admission is one hour before closing)

Fees: $6.95 for adults, $1.95 for kids 11 and under, Children under 2 are admitted free.

Location: 4931 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

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florida lighthouse Ponce de Leon at Ponce Inlet

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Hi there! I'm Yanitza Ninett. I'm the mom, the wife, the stepmom, and creator of Next Stop Adventures. This is a blog about our adventures and travels, as a blended family of six! I love nature, sunny days, and I love to travel and capture life with my lens.

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