Of course, the view from the St. Augustine Lighthouse is the number one reason to visit, but there’s a lot more here than just a 219 step spiral staircase to the top of this historical landmark. There are exhibits at the Keepers’ House and Maritime Archaeology Center, a 1782 British shipwreck to explore, and even a nighttime tour full of ghost stories and a view inside the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
The history of the St. Augustine Lighthouse dates back to 1874 and is still an active-aid in navigation on Anastasia Island. This part of Florida has a such a rich history, considering the city of St. Augustine is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) cities in the United States, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers. You’ll find these cultural influences all over the city, from architecture and design to cuisines and museums.
Our St. Augustine Bed and Breakfast is right in the heart of downtown, but set back from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist attractions. As a guest at the St. Francis Inn you’ll be less than 10 minutes from the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. It’s a great afternoon or evening outing for the most breathtaking views (especially at sunset) of the sandy beaches and bright waterways below. Start your next adventure to Florida and book your stay today!
Stunning Views from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse
The St. Augustine Lighthouse is striking from the ground, painted in a fun juxtaposition of black and white with red accent color, you really can’t miss it! One of the best views is from 140-feet above the ground, an expansive panoramic vista of the city of St. Augustine, forests, the intracoastal waterway, and beaches.
Here are five things to expect before you visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse:
- Come prepared for the 219 step climb up the spiral staircase that winds up inside the St. Augustine Lighthouse. This is a self-guided tour to the top to take in the gorgeous views. If you’d like to take part in a guided tour, there’s the Dark of the Moon Ghost Tour or the Lighthouse Keeper’s Tour. Both of which offer a ton of information about the area, history, and workings of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. The spooky stories of the ghost tour might not be for everyone!
- There are four other historic structures that make up the Maritime Museum. You’ll find hands on Smithsonian affiliate exhibits including old Lighthouse keeper’s tools, artifacts from the 1782 British loyalist shipwreck, and stories from the people that shaped the industries in the nation’s oldest port.
- Heritage Boatworks also calls the St. Augustine Lighthouse grounds home. The program is completely led by volunteer boatwrights, who are dedicated to keeping the craft of wooden boat building alive. You’ll get to see the process of how these boats are made up-close and how much artistry and craftsmanship it takes.
- Many folks don’t know the term “gedunk” which is the name for a canteen or snack bar area on a boat. And lucky for the visitors to the St. Augustine Lighthouse, they get to see one for themselves at the Tin Pickle, a World-War II-themed eatery with specialty hot dogs, sweet treats, and house made sangria.
- You’ll also find an area for hikes at the St. Augustine Lighthouse on the Maritime Hammock Nature Trails. A great way to soak up some of the lush Florida landscape and explore the beach. Or plan on popping over to Anastasia State Park for a lovely stroll along the pristine white sandy beach, the perfect end to a day of sightseeing.
Serene and Cozy Lodging at our St. Augustine Bed and Breakfast
Our St. Augustine Bed and Breakfast exudes an old world charm in every inch of our Inn. You’ll feel transported back in time at our space built in 1791 , but with all the modern day conveniences, amenities, and comforts needed for the most relaxing of vacations. Our walled courtyard surrounds the beautiful four seasons garden—year round you’ll be immersed in the beauty of our tropical area with the sights, floral aromas, and birdsong.
We offer 19 immaculate rooms at the St. Francis Inn, each with its own configuration and unique timely decor. The list of complimentary inclusions is long, but it’s notable to point out our lovely outdoor pool, fitness center, and fire pit area. Included in our stay for all guests is free admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse, so you’ll really have no excuse not to check out those amazing views for yourself. Join us in the beauty of St. Augustine and book your stay today!