Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse




Active: Yes

Characteristics: Flashing white 6 times in 15 seconds, then a 15 second eclipse.

Height: 175 feet, 213 steps

DayMark: Red-washed brick with a black lantern

History: Built 1887. Only Florida Lighthouse listed as a National Historic Landmark; second tallest brick tower in the U.S.

Lens: Original: First-order fixed Fresnel lens (1887-1933), Barbier et Fenestre (1867). Others used: third-order revolving Fresnel lens (1933-1970); Vega VRB-25 rotating beacon (1996). Focal Plane: 159 feet.

Construction: Architect: Francis Hopkinson Smith. Constructed of brick, granite and iron. Brick conical tower.

Other Buildings: Three keeper’s dwellings; woodshed/privies; oil storage house; pump house.

29 04 48 N
80 55 42 W

Operated by: Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, Inc.

Visit Status: Open to Public

Days Open: Open daily

Facilities: Museum, Gift Shop, handicap accessible

Hours Open: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (last museum/lighthouse admission at 5:00 pm); Memorial Day through Labor Day: from 10:00 am. to 9:00 p.m.(last admission at 8:00 p.m).

Visitor Information: Admission includes climbing the lighthouse, three keepers dwellings as museums, a boat yard, and the spectacular Lens Exhibit Building featuring the first-order lens from the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, the original Ponce Inlet first order lens, a fourth order clamshell lens, a 6th order rotating lens, and a Chance Brothers circa 1850 third order middle lens complete with pedestal, tanks and lamp. Visit the gift shop which features unique nautical and lighthouse merchandise. A major restoration of the tower has been recently completed.

Admission: $5.00 for adults and $1.50 for children 11 and under.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, Inc.
Ed Gunn, Executive Director
4931 South Peninsula Drive
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

Email: Lighthouse@PonceInlet.org
Website: www.PonceInlet.org/

Read our review of the lighthouse on the Florida Vacation Plans Blog