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Things to Know Before Your Visit

Days of Operation: The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse is open to the public 7 days a week, 363 days a year. The Lighthouse is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Hours of Operation: The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse is open daily at 10:00 a.m. Hours of operation vary depending on the time of year, local event calendar (Bike Week, Speed Week, Biketoberfest, etc.), and planned onsite events. As a general rule of thumb normal hours of operation are:

Summer Hours of Operation
(Memorial Day - Labor Day) 
Open 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
(last admission sold at 8:00 p.m.)

Fall, Winter, & Spring Hours of Operation
(Day after Labor Day - Day before Memorial Day) 
Open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
(last admission sold at 5:00 p.m.)

Time Requirements: A complete tour of the Lighthouse and museum takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to compete.

Posted Tower Closures: A visitor's ability to climb the tower may be impacted by inclement weather (lightning and thunder in the area), schedule maintenance, and special events like Climb to the Moon. Please check the museum's Calendar of Events, Climb to the Moon the Schedule, and News banner on the homepage to ensure tower closures will not impact your visit to the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Although the tower may be closed to the general public during these times, the Gift Shop and Museum will usually remain open to the museum guests during these times.  

Picnic Facilities: Although food and beverages are not allowed on the Light Station's grounds, picnic tables are available for use in the Kay and Ayers Davies Lighthouse Park located next to the Light Station. No cooking is allowed in the park.

Recommended Clothing: Due to the physical nature of climbing the tower, the Association recommends that everyone wear appropriate clothing during their visit. Closed-toed shoes with non-slip soles and low heels are also recommended.

Lighthouse Point Park vs. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse: Lighthouse Point Park, located at the end of South Atlantic Avenue is a public facility operated by Volusia County and is not affiliated with the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum in any way. Admission to Lighthouse Point Park provides the visitor access to the park only. Admission to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum cannot be purchased at the county park's toll booth.

Parking: The Lighthouse offers an upper and lower parking lot for visiting guests. Both lots are accessible from the main entrance. The lower parking lot serves most vehicles including cars, trucks, SUV s, motorcycles, etc. The upper area provides overflow parking and spaces for over sized vehicles including buses and RVs. Handicap parking is available in the lower area.

Museum Admission: All visitors enter the historic Light Station grounds through the Gift Shop. Admission costs are $6.95 for adults (ages 12 years and up) and $1.95 for children (ages 11 years and under). Infants and toddlers (Ages 0-2) are admitted free of charge with paid adult admission.

Gift Shop: The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Gift Shop offers a unique blend of maritime and lighthouse themed gifts for people of all ages. In addition to its wide selection of merchandise, visitors may also purchase memberships, memorial bricks, or make donations. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Directions: Not sure how to get to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse? Click here for directions.