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Florida's Tallest Lighthouse

Port Orange, FL, United States
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203 steps and I climbed them all! If you add the ten steps from the gallery room to the lantern room, that’s 210. Not bad for an old gal, but you can’t miss the view from the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is 175 feet tall, soaring over the inlet five miles south of Port Orange, Florida. The tower and its out buildings was completed in 1887 and it is one of the few light stations in the United States with all of the original keeper’s dwellings. It is also one of the tallest masonry lighthouses in the country.
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Points of interest

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
The admission fee is $6.50 for adults and $1.95 for children under 12.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
You’ll enter and pay your fee through a huge gift shop filled with nautical but nice items.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
In addition to the tower, the complex includes eight buildings and a number of historical exhibits.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Originally there was a first order Fresnel lens installed. Today the light operates as a private aid to navigation.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
To protect the historical buildings, no food or drink is allowed past the giftshop.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
It took over one million bricks to build the lighthouse.
Ponce de Leon Inlet
Ponce de Leon Inlet
Ponce de Leon Inlet was once known as Mosquito Inlet.

Special activities

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
The tour is self-guided and the brochure you get with your entry fee is full of historical information about the lighthouse.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
You can easily spend a couple of hours at the lighthouse.
Marine Science Center
Next door to the lighthouse is the Marine Science Center.

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