Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola

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Active to this day, Pensacola Lighthouse stands over 12 m (40 ft) tall and is one of the tallest and oldest lighthouses on the Gulf Coast. Climb the 177 steps of the lighthouse, which was built in 1825, and observe sweeping views. In the fully restored keeper's quarters, constructed in 1869, you can explore the museum and pick up a quirky souvenir. You can decide for yourself if the lighthouse is haunted on a ghost walk tour. Get an eye-level view of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels' practice as part of a tour of the lighthouse that allows an up-close view of these aerobatic jet pilots. Put Pensacola Lighthouse into our Pensacola trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • October 2, 2017
    I am a Lighthouse fan. I have visited hundreds of lighthouses all over the world. This lighthouse was being worked on and had shaples over it, but I knew this before I visited. This is a beautiful lig...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    We took the tour of the light house and it was absolutely beautiful and something I would recommend others to do while in Pensacola area  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Little piece of history. Had good views out on the way up but we couldn't get to the top do to renovations as we were told before we payed. We will returned after renovations are complete.  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    This is a MUST if you are visiting Pensacola in the summer time. The water is beginning to clear up, the weather is nice and hot, and of course the views are amazing. They have a nice little gift shop at the entrance and a very well maintained keepers house. The lighthouse, while very old, is still maintained by the Coast Guard in a regular basis. Sometimes you'll even see them working in it while people are exploring the lighthouse. And if you're a fan of the Blue Angels, if might just see them on the runway at Sherman Field.
  • July 6, 2017
    It is a nice place to see. The staff was mixed. Some were very nice and some were on verge of being rude in name of safety and regulations. By the way, you better have proper shoes if you want to climb the tower. Backless shoe aren't allowed. Carry some water too.
  • June 26, 2017
    The lighthouse and museum are great! I dont know why, but I assumed it would be a free attraction like the blue angel museum is, but we ended up paying $22 to get in. We found out after we paid that it was full price even though military prices are half off...we weren't asked if we were military, yet its located on a military base. Its a really nice attraction though.
  • May 1, 2017
    Cute museum, with an interesting story. The price of $7.50 is well worth the view at the top. Anytime you make a purchase they will ask to round up, or donate a dollar to preservation. If you have on shoes with no back you will have to climb the lighthouse barefoot, and children under 46 in can't climb the lighthouse. There is a long list of medical conditions at the entrance warning climbers not to climb if they have any of them, and to climb at your own risk. If you complete the 177 steps to the top, you can purchase a certificate for $1.
  • March 28, 2017
    Amazing museum & original lighthouse that you have to visit at least once - kids love it! It's one of the last few maybe that has the original beacon/glass light. It's quite a trek up though...177 steps! The Ghost Tours are very cool! No use going during a rain storm though as they won't let you go up if there is any lightening going on.

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Where to stay in Pensacola

You'll find places to stay throughout Pensacola, but reserve a place downtown for the best local atmosphere and access to nearby beaches. Downtown Pensacola is on the water, and it features a collection of inns and bed and breakfasts in historical buildings and upscale tower hotels. The national chain hotels and motels along Interstate 10 by the Davis Highway and Pensacola Blvd. exits provide budget-friendly options within driving distance of downtown. It might be tempting to choose one of the budget motels along Highway 90 just west of downtown, but these reside in a rundown area. If you're arriving to spend most of your time by the ocean, stay on Pensacola Beach or Perdido Key, which sit just outside the city limits.
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