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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:

Day after Labor Day through Day before Memorial Day

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

Memorial Day through Labor Day 

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

*Important Notices for 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.

The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association hosts a special tour of the Lighthouse one night per month on the evening of the full moon. Although this RSVP only event does not always impact tower accessibility for the general public, it sometimes requires closing the tower to the general public prior to the museum's posted closing time. Please refer to the Climb to the Moon schedule to ensure that this monthly event does not impact your ability to climb the tower on the date of your intended visit. 


Lighthouse Rules

Q.    Are there any rules regarding visiting the lighthouse and museum?

A.    Yes. The Ponce De Leon Inlet Light Station is both a working lighthouse and museum. As such, the Association asks that all visitors follow theses simple rules for the safety of all guests, lighthouse staff, historic structures, and museum artifacts.
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the historic grounds.
  • Water bottles, food, and backpacks are prohibited within the historic grounds; however, water fountains are located throughout the Light Station for our visitors' convenience.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 
  • Running, jumping, and climbing on or around the historic structures is not allowed.
  • Children must be able to climb the tower on their own.
  • Tower climbers should be in good physical condition due to the strenuous nature of the activity.
  • Proper footwear should be worn while climbing the tower. Proper footwear includes closed toed shoes with non-slip soles, and low heels. Flip flops, sandals, and high heeled shoes are not recommended.
  • Guests choosing to climb the lighthouse should use the hand railings at all times.
  • Wait to pass fellow lighthouse climbers on the staircase landings.
  • Anyone throwing objects from the tower (or down the interior) will be escorted from the museum immediately. 
  • The radio at the top of the tower should be used for emergency purposes only.  
  • The Lighthouse is home to a variety of indigenous animal species. Many of these animals are protected by state and federal law. For the safety of all Lighthouse guests and wildlife, do not pick-up or physically harass any wildlife during your visit.
  • All artifacts found within the Light Station grounds belong to the Lighthouse and museum. Please notify staff of any artifacts or items of interest discovered during your visit. What you find may provide valuable clues to our past!
  • We understand some visitors may have special medical needs that require keeping certain supplies and equipment on hand at all times. The lighthouse will attempt to accommodate visitors with special needs when possible. Please talk with a staff member upon your arrival if you have any questions or concerns.  

 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:

$6.95 for Adults (12 & Over)

$1.95 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 to receive a free gift with your paid admission to the Lighthouse museum. The coupon may be applied to each member of your party.


 


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.
  • Cross over the Dunlawton Bridge. 
  • Continue traveling east on Dunlawton Avenue to South Atlantic Avenue (second light after 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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