Monday, February 18, 2019

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, FL

 The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the state of Florida, and the second-tallest lighthouse in the entire country!

What made our time here really memorable is all of the additional activities available aside from just climbing the lighthouse. The Lens Museum was fascinating, the Lighthouse Keepers Dwelling was packed with valuable information, and the Cuban Raft Enclosure is eye-opening. All of this and more is included in your ticket price!

Lens House

Lens house

More lens house. My favorite building!

Hands-on learning

Station 1

What you need to know

The museum doesn't open until 10 so this is a good activity for a late-start day.

Nothing bigger than a purse is allowed past the museum so diaperbags and backpacks will need to be left in the car. Thankfully, parking is very close to the entrance.

There are 203 steps up to the top of the lighthouse and some parts are very steep so it's quite the workout! Small children must be able to walk by themselves, they can't be carried up the steps.

Wear sturdy, non-slip shoes!

Allow yourself plenty of time here. Not only does it take a while to huff and puff up all of those stairs, but all of the exhibits really are worth seeing and experiencing. Your kiddos will be able to learn a lot about the history of lighthouses, the history of the Inlet, light refraction, and much more! Leave time to soak it all in.


More info on lighthouses here.

Lighthouse lesson plan.

Video about the Fresnel lens.

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