Visit a Florida heritage landmark on National Lighthouse Day

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Cape lighthouse at Bill Baggs State Park (credit: Florida DEP)

Cape lighthouse at Bill Baggs State Park (credit: Florida DEP)

Florida News: Sites to visit on the official National Lighthouse Day

With more coastline than any other State, Florida still has approximately 30 historic lighthouses that are still operating- some are open to the public such as the south Florida lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, while others such as the Egmont Key Lighthouse, is only accessible by private boat. Back in 1989, lighthouses were recognized as an important component of America’s heritage and received their own celebratory day: August 7th. For those of you who enjoy history, stop in at a state park and visit one of the many lighthouses in Florida today, tour the grounds, climb the spiral stairs and take in the scenic views.

Bill Baggs Lighthouse

Erected in 1825, Bill Baggs lighthouse is the oldest structure in Miami-Dade County and is open to the public with special guided tours of the restored lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper’s cottage.  From Thursday to Monday at 10 am.m or 1 pm.m you can get historical facts, learn interesting anecdotes and learn about the role this 1850s lighthouse played in Florida’s heritage.

Other Lighthouses to Visit

Among lighthouses to visit, here are our favorites:

  • St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum:
  • Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, Daytona:
  • Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse: sits on an ancient shell midden
  • Cape Florida Lighthouse, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park: the oldest structure in Dade County
  • Key West Lighthouse and Museum: great perspective of the Keys if you climb to the top!
  • Pensacola Lighthouse: it has withstood Civil war attacks, hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning and and earthquake!

 Tell us…

What’s your favorite lighthouse in Florida?

  • http://www.HillsboroLighthouse.org Hibbard

    You asked “What’s your favorite lighthouse in Florida?” My reply is Hillsboro Inlet Light Station serviced by the Volunteer members of the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc. [501(C)(3)] in Pompano Beach FL. We provide 8 public tours per year plus tours for groups of Scouts, Schools, Clubs, Police & Fire Depts. and other groups by making reservations. For more info, e-mail: Historian@HillsboroLighthouse.org