Long ago, hazardous reefs off Key West wrecked many ships. To keep ships off the reefs, a lighthouse was built in 1825. ... More
Key West Lighthouse Museum
Long ago, hazardous reefs off Key West wrecked many ships. To keep ships off the reefs, a lighthouse was built in 1825. Although it was destroyed in 1846, it was later rebuilt inland on Whitehead Street and was manned for more than 120 years. It's now open for those who can climb the 88 steps to the top of the tower, and tour the grounds. A small museum of nautical artifacts and vintage photos has been set up in the Keeper's Quarters.
The lighthouse museum is well worth the very reasonable price. if you love maritime history, or just love beautiful views, make it a point to go. The lightkeeper's home, which is now the museum has wonderful period displays, fascinating photos, news stories, & other framed prints around the walls to read & explore. The close ups of the actual lights are neat, the one is HUGE!!!!!
Headed up inside the tower, there is a winding staircase with views at every window on each landing. Once you get to the top, hang on to your hats, for here you catch the island breeze at it's best. The views are enough to take your breath away.
My kids also loved the huge old banyan tree on the grounds, & couldn't wait to climb into it. it's very kid friendly, & a great photo opportunity.
It's a nearly magical experience, & I will definitely make the hike up those long & winding stairs again next time I go back!
The lighthouse had amazing history. The staris up took a while. (254 to be exact) but when we made it up the veiw was amazing. However the $10 that we paid was a little unreasonable. Other than that, it was pretty cool
The climb to the top and the views are the highlight of this venture. The shop does not have that much to sell. $10 is a bit much for entrance fee ($5 would be much more reasonably). Views are great though.
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