Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
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
Read our review of the lighthouse on the Florida Vacation Plans Blog