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Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola

Categories: Lighthouses, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
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. See Pensacola Lighthouse and all Pensacola has to offer by arranging your trip with our Pensacola travel itinerary maker.
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  • Enjoyed visiting the museum, but due to maintenance we weren't able to go all the way to the top of the lighthouse. We were able to go most of the way up and it was a hike! :) Don't wear sandals thoug...  read more »
  • I had some free time on my own and enjoyed walking through the lighthouse keeper's quarters and then to the top of the lighthouse. Great view from the top! 
  • The museum is small but has some great history displayed. You can go to the top of the lighthouse if you are feeling adventurous. I tried but only made it to the first window (fear of heights). My hus...  read more »
  • Nice lighthouse and an easier climb than many on Florida's East coast. Nice view at the top, and a nice breeze. Definitely wear closed backed shoes or sandals with a back strap. If you are wearing backless shoes you are climbing barefoot.
  • Beautiful views from the tops. Roughly 177 steps to the top. Highly recommended wearing sneakers/tennis shoes. If you wear sandals/flip-flops (tripping hazard) they ask that you climb to the top barefoot. Definitely a good workout :) You can enter the house and it is air conditioned with plenty of information regarding the history.
  • Very cool trip. Didn't realize the whole ghost thing until afterwards. Too tired from the climb to care.
  • listen to the reviews about the shoes. it was a great place to visit and worth the stop. Views are great and it won't take too much time to complete
  • Wear shoes for this one. $6 per person or $4 for active duty, kids and 65 yrs and older. It is worth seeing with all other other great things to do on Pensacola Naval Air Station. The museum (living quarters) has somewhat interesting exhibits but only the outside pulleys were interactive. The lighthouse is under restoration, and the climb is difficult. 170 awkward, metal grate steps, sometimes accompanied by scaffolding and low head clearance. There are three or four windows along the way, but the first 50 or so steps in such a tight place caused a few in our group to lose their breath. Those who kept it through the climb promptly gave it up at the top. Fantastic views of the beach, bay and gulf.
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