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Planning Your Visit

Are you planning a visit to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum but are unsure about which days the Lighthouse is open what its hours of operation are? Don't worry you're not alone. These and other routine questions are asked daily by future visitors just like you. The Preservation Association has answers to these and other commonly asked questions regarding the Lighthouse, its hours of operation, upcoming events, and much more.


Commonly Asked Questions:


Daily Operations

Q.    Is the Lighthouse open seven days a week?

A.    Yes. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is open to the public seven days a week, 363 days a year. The Lighthouse is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 



Hours of Operation

Q.    What time does the Lighthouse Open? When does it Close?

A.    
The Lighthouse and Museum opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. Closing time varies according to the time of year and the event calendar. The Lighthouse and Museum may extend or reduce its normal hours of operation during special calendar and local events including Winter Break, Thanksgiving Weekend, Bike Week, and Race Week.

Future visitors are encouraged to check the online Calendar of Events for more information about activities that may be scheduled on their anticipated date of arrival. Lighthouse staff may also be contacted directly via email at info@ponceinlet.org or by phone at (386) 761-1821 ext. 10 for more information regarding special hours of operation and scheduled events.

As a rule of thumb, Lighthouse Hours of Operation are as follows:

September 3, 2013 - May 25, 2014 

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Last admission at 5:00 p.m.)


May 26, 2014 - September 1, 2014 

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. (Last admission at 8:00 p.m.)


*Important Notice to Visitors*
Because it takes at least one hour for a thorough tour of the lighthouse and museum, all admission tickets must be sold no later than one hour prior closing.



 Admission Rates

Q.   How much does it cost to visit the Lighthouse?

A.   Admission rates for the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum are:

$5.00 for Adults (12 & Over)

$1.50 for Children (11 & Under)

Free Admission for Infants (NB - 2)

  • Association Members and Ponce Inlet Residents are admitted free with proper identification.
  • Tour groups, school classes, and other special groups can be accommodated, but advance reservation is required. Admission discounts may apply.
  • For making reservations and for further information, please call Programs Manager Mary Wentzel at (386) 761-1821 ext. 18 or via email at mwentzel@ponceinlet.org
  • Print out the coupon below for a 10 percent discount on your admission to the Lighthouse museum.

 


Driving Directions to the Lighthouse

Q.    Where is the Lighthouse located and how do I get there?
A.    The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is located ten miles south of Daytona on the World's Most Famous Beach. Situated on the north bank of Ponce Inlet where the Halifax and Indian Rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean, the Lighthouse is only an hour away from the greater Orlando area, historic St. Augustine, and the Kennedy Space Center, making it an ideal destination for day-trippers and out of state tourists alike.

Depending on where you are, there are several ways to drive to the Lighthouse. All routes require the visitor to travel south on A1A/S.Atlantic Avenue through the town of Ponce Inlet.

 
From the Beach / South Atlantic Ave (A1A):
  • Drive south on Atlantic Avenue to Dunlawton Avenue. Continue south another six miles to the stop sign at Beach Street in Ponce Inlet.
  • Turn right (west) on Beach Street.
  • Turn left (south) at stop sign onto South Peninsula Drive.
  • Travel two blocks south and turn left into Lighthouse parking lot.
From the Mainland / Ridgewood Ave (U.S. 1):

  • Take U.S. 1 to Port Orange. Turn east onto Dunlawton Avenue (left hand turn if southbound, right hand turn if northbound) and cross the Halifax River over the Dunlawton Bridge.  
  • Turn right (south) on South Atlantic Avenue (second traffic light after bridge). Drive south for approximately six miles to the stop sign at Beach Street in Ponce Inlet.
  • Turn right (west) onto Beach Street.
  • Turn left (south) onto South Peninsula Drive.
  • Lighthouse is located two blocks south of intersection on left hand side of the road.
From Interstate 95 (I-95):

  • Leave interstate at Port Orange (exit 256, old exit 85) onto SR 421/Taylor Rd.)
  • Travel east on S.R. 421/Taylor Rd./Dunlawton Ave.)to beachside over Dunlawton Bridge.
  • Turn right (south) on South Atlantic Avenue (second redlight after bridge). Drive south for approximately six miles to the stop sign at Beach Street in Ponce Inlet.
  • Turn right (west) onto Beach Street.
  • Turn left (south) onto South Peninsula Drive.
  • Lighthouse is located two blocks south of intersection on left hand side of the road.
From Interstate 4 (I-4) / Orlando Area:
  • Take I-4 East (towards Daytona Beach) to I-95.
  • Exit I-4 and take I-95 South south to Port Orange.
  • Leave interstate at Port Orange (exit 256, old exit 85) onto SR 421/Taylor Rd.)
  • Travel east on S.R. 421/Taylor Rd./Dunlawton Ave.)to beachside over Dunlawton Bridge.
  • Turn right (south) on South Atlantic Avenue (second redlight after bridge). Drive south for approximately six miles to the stop sign at Beach Street in Ponce Inlet.
  • Turn right (west) onto Beach Street.
  • Turn left (south) onto South Peninsula Drive.
  • Lighthouse is located two blocks south of intersection on left hand side of the road.
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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association
4931 South Peninsula Drive - Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
(386) 761-1821
Open Daily to the Public at 10:00 a.m.
Last admission one hour before closing

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