Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Pensacola

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Climb 177 steps up Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum for one of the best views on the Gulf Coast. Built in 1859, the lighthouse is located within Naval Air Station Pensacola, so you may need to obtain a special permit to visit. It's best to check the official website for details about visiting. Visitors praise stunning views of Pensacola Bay, Pensacola skyline, and historic Navy Yard. Keep in mind that you must have valid picture ID to enter, and that you will not be able to bring any type of purse or bag. PutPensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum into our Pensacola trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Excellent experience!!! The 177 step climb wasn't easy, but we were warned of it when purchasing the tour tickets, again when checking in, and again when entering the lighthouse. The view atop was... 
    Excellent experience!!! The 177 step climb wasn't easy, but we were warned of it when purchasing the tour tickets, again when checking in, and again when entering the lighthouse. The view atop was...  more »
  • I have to say, this was not a great experience for us. The view from the lighthouse was nice and the volunteer leading the group was kind. However, the tour lasted too long. And since you have to be.....  more
    I have to say, this was not a great experience for us. The view from the lighthouse was nice and the volunteer leading the group was kind. However, the tour lasted too long. And since you have to be.....  more »
  • They have limited tours available so be safe and make early reservations. Volunteers are very knowledgeable and enjoyed interacting with the guests. 177 steps to the top and the view was great. We... 
    They have limited tours available so be safe and make early reservations. Volunteers are very knowledgeable and enjoyed interacting with the guests. 177 steps to the top and the view was great. We...  more »
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  • You still need to book a tour if you do not have a DOD ID, but the tour is worth it. My only complaint is that it is a little short if you want to see everything. We were the first tour on a Saturday morning, and it was really great. There were 13 members present on our tour, so the bus was mostly full. The driver was super friendly and knowledgeable about the lighthouse and the general area. The lighthouse keeper was also friendly and funny. The stairs were a beast- but worth the climb for sure. The views were incredible - if you are in the area - definitely check it out.
  • There are 166 steps up to one of the BEST views in Pensacola! Not for the weak of heart or legs, and you must be at least 44" tall. The museum is equally engaging, with facts and artifacts that leave you amazed. You could spend 2+ hours in exploration or zip up to the top of the lighthouse and back again, as we did. The entrance station is a nifty gift shop as well.
  • We climbed all the way to the top and then visited the museum and then the gift shop. Staff was very friendly. The climb was very easy if you’re in shape but a little intimidating at first because of the angle of the staircase. We also didn’t do proper research and didn’t know that you have to climb barefoot if you are wearing flip flops. But even barefoot it was still a very easy climb. It was a hot but breezy day (early September, Labor Day weekend) so the air at the top felt amazing. I wouldn’t go on a day that it is raining. The museum is fascinating as well, but keep in mind the property is restored from the 1800s and door frames and spaces were a lot tighter (something to keep in mind if your height starts with a 6). Definitely something that is fun for people of all ages, and there are several places that have interactive displays such as demonstrating how pulleys work and tying various knots. A must see if you’re visiting NAS Pensacola!
  • It is a nice historical and functional lighthouse, there is also the museum which has a lot of information about the history of the site and the armed forces. The staff are very friendly and are happy to answer any questions. There is also a beach right across the, perfect to relax after visiting the lighthouse.
  • I didn't realize this lighthouse was here until I spotted it visiting the Naval Aviation Museum. What a wonderful surprise! The grounds are beautifully kept, the volunteers were all very professional, friendly, and proud of their lighthouse. Getting to scale the 177 wrought iron steps to view a restored first order fresnel lens in operation was priceless, nevermind the breathtaking views. What an amazing experience!

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