Crooked River Lighthouse, Carrabelle

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#10 of 16 in Historic Sites in Florida Panhandle
The Crooked River Lighthouse was built in 1895, replacing the three short-lived beacons destroyed by hurricanes on Dog Island. The 103 foot iron and steel structure was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1995 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association (CLA) and the City of Carrabelle obtained ownership of the landmark just weeks before it was to be auctioned, and created a public park surrounding it. Via grants from the Florida State Legislature and financial support from the City of Carrabelle restoration of the structure was completed by 2007. Nestled in a North Florida forest habitat, the lighthouse beams nightly, with an acrylic replica of its original 4th order Fresnel lens.

Grant funding also helped the CLA to construct a replica of the Crooked River Lighthouse Keeper’s House, completed in 2009. Award winning architect Ken Smith designed the construction, using the original 1895 plans. The Keeper’s House serves as a museum, gift shop and headquarters for the CLA. Exhibits are interesting and informative for all ages, including an historical setting of the early 1900s, plus examples of beacons and the methods of constructing a skeletal tower lighthouse.

The park includes a playground featuring a 70 foot pirate ship, a picnic pavilion with tables and is connected to Carrabelle Beach Park via a multi-use transportation path.
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  • The Crooked River Lighthouse museum is very interesting. We enjoyed reading about the history of the lighthouse. We also enjoyed climbing the stairs to the top. The view is not to be missed!  more »
  • The Crooked River Lighthouse,1 of 4 lighthouses on the Panhandle Lighthouse tour, was our 2nd lighthouse tour. While the climb to the top ($5) yielded spectacular views, we found the museum/gift shop ...  more »
  • On a cool, rainy day this is a must do! Stop and see the light house and see a few other places of interest along the way.  more »
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  • Climbing the lighthouse was awesome. The view from the top is one of a kind.... Gulf on one side, forest as far as you can see on the other. Nice gift shop and museum. Lovely picnic area. Love it.
  • Great view from the top of the lighthouse. Gift shop has good info on the lighthouse construction.
  • We LOVED IT!!!! We had the place ALL to ourselves.
  • The lighthouse is beautifully restored and the view from the top is amazing. The museum is small, but very interesting with informative videos and displays. The gift shop is great and the staff are very friendly and helpful. For kids, the playground with 70' pirate ship Carrabella is just the best. The park has several picnic tables, a pavilion, a bike rack, adult swing and a nice view of the water. Carrabelle Beach begins just across the road.
  • Kids loved the pirate ship play set

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