The feature image is the top of the St. Marks Lighthouse at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge just south of the Florida state capitol of Tallahassee. I am sharing a few of the Florida lighthouses that I have visited over the years. It is not the total list, but some of my favorites.
I have always been drawn to lighthouses. The mystery, the stories they could tell if they were breathing, yet somehow I can feel their pain when I’m around or near one. Maybe it is the spirits of those who worked hard to keep others safe in the maritime years that lighthouses were the beacons to get sailors home safe. Besides birds, this is my other favorite topic.
The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is located in Ponce Inlet, Florida. It is the tallest lighthouse in Florida at 175 feet (53 meters) and the second tallest in the United States, only to the Cape Hatteras Light in North Carolina which is 207 feet tall (63 meters). Visit their website for more information if you decide to visit.
The St. Marks Lighthouse is located in Crawfordville, Florida just south of Tallahassee. It is the second oldest lighthouse in Florida and the oldest on the Gulf Coast. The current tower photographed above was completed in 1842. Read more about its history here.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse is worth its price of admission. Not only do you get the opportunity to climb 219 stairs to the top, but you can attend their ghost tours in the keeper’s quarters. I’ve climbed this lighthouse many times and everytime is a new experience. The nighttime tours are the best and every month they hold a Sunset/Moonrise tour where you can climb the lighthouse to watch the sunset from one side and the moonrise from the other side in a matter of an hour. I haven’t been since the pandemic. Being up at the top railing once it gets dark and you can see the light rotating around St. Augustine and the intercoastal is quite amazing. The photo above was taken on one of these nights.
On the last ghost tour that I went on with my kids a few years ago, we were in the keeper’s quarters listening to one of the stories and someone blew on my neck, or so I thought. I could see Frank ahead of me so I thought it was my son trying to freak me out. I quickly turned and no one was there. A few seconds later, I felt the cold and as quickly as it touched me, it dissipated. St. Augustine is one of the most haunted historical cities in the United States. Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse Maritime Museum website here.
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