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Ponce De Leon Inlet: Florida’s Tallest Lighthouse Celebrates 130 Years of Illumination

On November 10, 2017 marks the 130th year of the first lighting of the historic Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse. Celebrate this day with family and friends for an evening of fun, history, wines, delicious hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and more, from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm.

Tickets for this special event are at $50 per person and can be purchased here. RSVP by email at or by phone at (386) 761.1821 ext 10. Proceeds will go to the ongoing preservation, restoration, and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark.

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum began as the Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse, constructed in 1887. Built at 175-feet high, the Ponce De Leon Inlet became the tallest lighthouse in Florida. It was first lit on November 1, 1887 using a kerosene lamp by Keeper William Rowlinski.

Out of the 11 lighthouses in the United States, the Ponce De Leon Inlet was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1998. Having the best preserved and most authentic light stations in the nation today, over 170,000 people come to visit the lighthouse each year. This historic landmark in Florida became a traveler’s favorite. With a 203-step climb to the top of the tower, every visitor is stunned with magnificent views of the world’s most famous Daytona Beach, north bank of the Ponce Inlet, coastal wetlands, and surrounding waterways.

What was once the dwelling place of the three resident keepers is now home of the lighthouse museum featuring the exhibits of the United States Lighthouse Service, Daytona Beach and Florida history, Fresnel Lens Restoration, the United States Life-Saving Service and the lighthouse resident keepers and their families.

Your visit will not be complete without stepping inside the Ayres Davies Lens Exhibit Building. This is where you will find the largest collections of historic Fresnel lenses in the world, including the rotating first order Fresnel lens from the Cape Canaveral lighthouse, and the restored original Ponce Inlet lighthouse first order Fresnel lens.

After exploring the exhibit, swing by the maritime-themed gift shop for some souvenirs to take home.

Where to Find the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

The lighthouse and museum is located 10 miles south of Daytona Beach in the town of Ponce Inlet. Click here for Directions to the Lighthouse. Close to the Lighthouse (less than 2 hours away), you will also find the historic St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center and the Orlando attractions.

Hours of Operation

The lighthouse is open to the public every day except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. During fall, winter and summer, hours of operation start at 10:00am to 6:00pm, but last admission is only until 5:00pm. However, during summer, the lighthouse closes at 9:00 pm (last admission at 8:00pm). To learn more about their hours of operation and admission rates, click here. Take note that the admission to the Lighthouse Point Park does not include access to the Lighthouse or museum.

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