Welcome to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
Walk inside the white picket fence and step back in time. Maintained and operated by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, this beautiful facility represents one of the best preserved and most authentic historic light stations in the nation today. Visitors will agree that the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers a treasure-trove of sights, sounds, and experiences for young and old alike.
Visit Florida's tallest lighthouse
Visited by over 140,000 people each year, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. The lighthouse tower and museum are located 10 miles south of Daytona Beach and are open to the public year round. The lighthouse is close to Orlando attractions, historic St. Augustine, and the Kennedy Space Center. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and one of the tallest masonry lighthouses in the country. Visitors can climb 203 steps to the top of the 175 foot tower and enjoy magnificent views of the World's Most Famous Beach, Ponce Inlet, and surrounding inland waterways from the lighthouse gallery deck.
Fresnel Lenses and Florida history
The lighthouse keepers' dwellings and other historic light station buildings are now home to our lighthouse museum, which features exhibits on the United States Lighthouse Service and its airways division, Daytona Beach and Florida history, lighthouse and Fresnel lens restoration, lighthouse keepers and their families, and the United States Life-Saving Service. The Ayres Davies Lens Exhibit Building houses one of the finest collections of restored 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.
See What the Lighthouse and Museum Have to Offer
Want a closer look at all there is to do at the historic Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum? Watch a short introductory video outlining the many activities available to our visitors.
Interested in a Group Tour?
The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association offers educational and group tours with advance notice. Led by our experienced docents, guided tours provide visitors with an educational and interesting glimpse into turn-of-the-century life at the Light Station. Walk through the facility with one of our knowledgeable volunteers and discover what it was like to live and work at the Lighthouse when it was still considered an isolated outpost on the Atlantic Coast. Visit the Tour Page to learn more.
Where Is the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse?
The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is located 10 miles south of Daytona Beach in the Town of Ponce Inlet. Situated on the north bank of Ponce Inlet where the Halifax and Indian Rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is a must see for anyone interested in Florida, maritime, or local history. Click here for Directions to the Lighthouse.
Hours of Operation and Admission Rates
The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is open to the public seven days a week with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Normal Hours of operation are:
May 26, 2014 - Sept 1, 2014: Open from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. (last admission at 8:00)
Sept 2, 2014 - May 25, 2015: Open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (last admission at 5:00)
Daily Admission Rates: $5 for adults and $1.50 for children (11 & under). Infants (NB - 2) are admitted free of charge with paid adult/guardian. Active Military discounts do apply.
Please call the Lighthouse at (386) 761-1821 ext. 10 for more information.