Florida’s lighthouses are full of intrigue – and climbing provides amazing views, good exercise
and a glimpse into the past. These five beacons are sure to pique the whole family’s curiosity.
Guarding Florida’s oldest port, its black and white spirals are iconic, as are the views from atop its 219 steps. At night, brave adventurers, including kids 7 and up, can take the spooky Dark of the Moon tour that has been featured on Ghost Hunters.
Visit on the right day from March to October, and you can watch the Blue Angels buzz past at eye level from the top of this 171-foot lighthouse. You can literally feel the engines scream. Kids must be at least 7 years old or 44 inches tall to climb.
At the end of Key Biscayne, you’ll find the oldest standing structure in Miami – the lighthouse. Tours are given twice daily, except Tuesday and Wednesday. While at the park, enjoy an authentic Cuban lunch, or swim at the beach, a perennial Dr. Beach favorite.
At 175 feet, this is Florida’s tallest lighthouse. After climbing 203 spiral steps to the top, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of world-famous Daytona Beach. Afterward, explore nature trails, or tour the grounds and museum.
If you’re 4 feet tall, you can climb this 108-foot lighthouse, but there’s plenty to see on the ground. Tour the museum to see how the lighthouse keepers lived. Exhibits include a lighthouse keeper’s workshop, pioneer homestead and Seminole chickee hut.