St. Augustine Light

Location: St. Augustine, Florida
Date: January 1, 2014

St. Augustine Light

The St. Augustine Light is a 165-foot tall lighthouse on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, Florida. The lighthouse was built in 1874 and is still active with a light that can be seen up to 21 nautical miles away. The lighthouse is open daily and for about $10 you can walk to the top, around the grounds, and through the museum. I stopped here after going to Castillo de San Marcos and before going on to Fort Matanzas.

When I stopped by it was overcast and lightly raining. From the gift shops where you buy tickets, it is a short walk outside to the lighthouse. The staircase inside is a semicircle that alternates with platforms and was fairly narrow, making passing others descending a bit difficult if you weren't on a platform. Windows along the staircase provide the only views out from inside the building. At the top you can walk outside and onto the platform that encircles the structure. The wind was blowing a bit stronger at the top, which made one side of the platform sheltered from the rain, while the other was completely exposed. I then went back down and across to the museum, which had various artifacts related to lighthouses, shipping, and St. Augustine, but part of the museum was closed for renovation.

Looking up the staircase

View from the top

View from the top

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