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Lighthouses have played an important role in the history and development of communities on Florida's East Coast, so this is a great place to celebrate National Lighthouse Day which is coming up on August 7th. National Lighthouse Day was established to celebrate the history of lighthouses, along with their importance to maritime trade, the protection of sailors, and their role in helping coastal communities throughout the country prosper.

There are three historic lighthouses located on Florida's Northeast Coast, all built in the 1800s and preserved beautifully to the present day. We've got all the details you need on the historic lighthouses that you'll spot during your travels along Florida's East Coast.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum – 100 Red Cox Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32080
As you explore St. Augustine, you're likely to spot the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum towering over the coast. St. Augustine was home to Florida's oldest lighthouse, which was built in 1824. The current lighthouse was built later in the 1800s after the original tower sustained damage from erosion.

The Lighthouse Museum of St. Augustine was established in 1994, with volunteers working to preserve and share local maritime history ever since. The site consists of the lighthouse, the keeper's house, two large kitchens, and a Coast Guard barracks. The museum is open to the public nearly every day of the year, including National Lighthouse Day, with a wide variety of fascinating exhibits on local maritime history on display in the keeper's house.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum – 4931 S. Peninsula Dr., Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is located just a short drive from Daytona Beach, and it's easy to spot because it's one of the tallest lighthouses in the entire country. It's also one of the only historic lighthouses still in active service today, and its unusually tall height is the reason why.

The Coast Guard beacon in the inlet was blocked by some of the high-rise buildings in the area, so the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse was restored to active service in 1982. Today, the lighthouse still operates as a private navigation aid and museum. It's also one of only 11 lighthouses to earn the designation as a National Historic Landmark.

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is open to the public seven days per week, and you can still climb the lighthouse tower when you visit.

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse – 670 Dave Nisbet Dr., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Long before rockets took off from Cape Canaveral, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse stood tall along the coast guiding sailors home. The federal government saw a need for a lighthouse in the area and provided funding for the original structure which was first lit back in 1868 and stood at 134 feet tall.

The need for a lighthouse continues to this day! In fact, it's still a working lighthouse and is currently owned by the United States Space Force. It is also actively maintained by the United States Coast Guard. Because of security, if you do plan on taking a tour after visiting Cape Canaveral, please note you'll need to book at least two days in advance. 

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