St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

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Facility:St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Description:The St. Augustine Lighthouse is dedicated to discovering, preserving, presenting and keeping alive the story of nation's oldest port through educational opportunities, local and national preservation efforts, maritime archaeological research and safeguarding the memories and precious belongings of those that came before us.

Introducing over 54,000 school age children to the marine sciences and maritime history through Summer Camps, Homeschool Days, hands-on tours, program scholarships for disadvantaged youth and more.
Address 1:81 Lighthouse Avenue
Address 2:
City:St. Augustine
Zip Code:32080
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Hours:Open daily 9 am to 6 pm.
During July and many holidays open until 7:00 pm, with the last ticket being sold at 6:45 pm.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24th and December 25th.
Admission:General Admission: $9.00 Adults; $7.00 12 and under Homeschool Days Group Rates: $5.00 Students; $6.00 Adults
Telephone:(904) 829-0745
Christine B., Co-op Member
We love St Augustine, all of it - from the Bridge of Lions and the Beacon of Faith Cross to the Mission Nombre de Dios and the old historic city and from star-shaped Castillo de San Marcos constructed of coquina to the seashore and the Lighthouse. It is a community rife with 1500's history, military and natural science, engineering, and culture. The St Augustine Lighthouse is truly one of the community's gems. Our kids loved "running" up the eight flights of spiral staircases, and I loved the 360 degree view of Florida and the coastline. Through narratives and displays, we learned about the hog fat used to power the light. What strength those keepers had to haul it all! You can wander the grounds and explore the gardens, which are in use today. We learned much during the tour of the Lightkeeper's House, which we thought was surprisingly modern. The basement, unusual in its very existence, was full of nautical maps and hands-on displays. If you really want to do justice to all the history that the Lighthouse and this "oldest city" in America have to offer, plan to spend at least two days in St Augustine!
Shawne B, Co-op Member
We visited in early 2010 with a homeschool group. What a great trip! Since we had a large group and we made reservations in advance, there were several educational "stations" for us to visit. These included learning to write underwater like marine scientists, learning to sing old sailing songs with a musician and of course, climbing the lighthouse itself. At lunchtime we ate at a large public park right across the street. We definitely plan to go again.
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