The St Augustine Light Station is probably the easiest climb I have experienced at a lighthouse. The current light was completed in 1874 but even at that time, tourism was considered in the construction. The circular stairway was built with handrails and several landings to allow visitors to make the 219 step ascent with ease.
This is not the first lighthouse at St Augustine. There is evidence that towers had been built in this area as early as the late 16th century and there was a previous light built closer to the water in 1824 which collapsed. The existing light was located more inland to get a more stable foundation.
From the top, you get great views of St Augustine and the surrounding waters. You can also get a peek at the operating first-order Fresnel lens as it rotates 360° around to spread its light and avoid maritime accidents.
The Light keeper’s house is now a museum and contains a variety of exhibits that are interesting and educational. I would definitely suggest this as a good place to visit if you are touring the St Augustine area.
St Augustine Light Station
Anastasia Island, Florida
Featured Image: Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
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