|Lighthouse & Museum Tours
In addition to the Self-Guided Tour map provided to each guest at the time of admission, the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse provides visitors with the opportunity to participate in a number of guided tours. Led by the Association's knowledgeable staff and volunteers, guided tours provide guests the opportunity to explore the historic Light Station and Museum in a unique, entertaining, and interactive setting. Tour guides will lead you on a fascinating journey into the past as they discuss the unique history of this National Historic Landmark and discuss what it was like to live and work here those many years ago. There are many tour options available. The type of tour most appropriate for you depends on several factors including the type, size, and age of your group.
Educational / School Tours
Educational tours are available to all Volusia County Public School groups free of charge throughout the academic school year. General group rates apply to all non-Volusia County and private school groups. Educational tours are provided to school groups grades 2 through 12. Educational tours are usually 1.5 to 2 hours in length. Teachers wishing to expand their tour may choose to participate in one of the Association's add-on activities if time permits. Although guided tours are limited by volunteer docent availability, the Preservation Association will make every effort to provide guided tours of the Light Station for students on the day of their visit.
NEW For 2017-2018: School Tour Transportation Grant:
The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse is pleased to announce that public and private school groups may apply for a $100 grant when they schedule an onsite group tour during the 2017-2018 school year to help cover the cost of bus transportation to from the historic light station. Funded through the generous contribution of the Paul B. Hunter and Constance D. Hunter Cheritable Foundation, the Preservation Association hopes this generous grant will help defer the cost of transportation that prevents many schools from visiting our wonderful light station and museum.
Limited to one per school, only ten grants are available for the upcoming school year. All transportation grants will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. School tours must be scheduled prior to applying. Please contact Program Manager Mary Wentzel at (386) 761-1821 ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
General Group Tours
The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association provides general tours for groups of 20 or more throughout the calendar year. General groups include all adult, special interest, youth-oriented, and religious organizations. Please send an email to Programs Manager Mary Wentzel at email@example.com for more information regarding group classifications.
Summer Group Tours
General group tours are available during the summer months. Group rates apply to all tours during the summer months. Guided tours during the summer months are limited due to volunteer docent availability.
Special Interest Tours
The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association offers two unique special interest tours for those wishing to experience the Lighthouse and Museum in a more intimate manner. Led by the "Old Lighthouse Keeper" special interest tours provide participants access to areas normally closed to the public including the Lantern Room at the top of the tower. Special Interest tours offered by the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum include:
- Climb to the Moon Tours- Toast the setting sun and rising full moon with a sparkling beverage as you snack on delicious hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Ponce Inlet's famous Hidden Treasures - Ponce Inlet Restaurant. Explore the Light Station and marvel at the historic 3rd order Fresnel Lens in Lantern Room as you learn the fascinating history of the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse from one our knowledgeable "Old Lighthouse Keepers. Offered once a month on the eve of the full moon. Event participation is limited to 25 guests. Advance registration is required. Cost: $35 per person (non-members), $30 per person (active members).
- Climb with Keeper Tour- Enjoy a personal tour of the Lighthouse, Lantern Room, and museum led by one of our knowledgeable "Old Lighthouse Keepers". Intended for small groups, this unique tour may be scheduled in accordance with participant needs and staff availability. Advance registration is required. Cost: $35 per person.
Group Admission Rates
In an effort to maintain affordable admission rates for all visitors the Preservation Association offers reduced admission rates to qualifying groups with 20 or more participants. Infants (NB - 2) are admitted free of charge with paid parent/guardian. Please refer to the following guidelines and admission rate table for further details.
Volusia County Public & Private School Groups:
The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association provides free admission to all Volusia County public and private school groups during the academic school year. Home School Groups affiliated with the Volusia County School System are also admitted free of charge during the academic school year with the exception of Home-school and Girl Scout Days.
Miscellaneous Information Regarding Group Rates and Tours
•Regular group rates apply to out of county public school groups, all private school groups, youth programs, religious organizations, and adult groups.
•Free admission and standard group admission rates do not apply towards special educational program events including Home School and Girl Scout Days.
•Group admission fees must be paid collectively in one payment at the time of admission by cash, check or credit card. Admission fees may not be paid individually for group rates to apply.
•Group admission rates vary according to group size and participant age. Please refer to the Group Rate Table when calculating admission costs for your group.
Please email Programs Manager Mary Wentzel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding groups classification and group admission rates.