Monday, July 21, 2014

St. Augustine Lighthouse Offers Amazing Views and a Nice Workout

Florida has always been one of my favorite tourist destinations.  There are several spots for everybody to enjoy.  However, if you get away from the theme parks and beaches for just a moment, there is a really interesting city right off the coast with a very interesting attraction.

The spiral stairs inside the tower are an intimidating sight.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse is one of the city’s touristy stations.  For $10 per person ($8 for seniors and kids) visitors can explore the grounds of the Light Station and climb to the top of the tower for a view of the old city.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the facility.

In the distance, Castillo de San Marcos if visible on the left from the top of the lighthouse.

The grounds are interesting enough with plenty of displays and museum-like offerings to be found, but let’s face it, the real attraction is climbing up to the top of the lighthouse and checking out the amazing views available.  Visitors can see a long way, which was part of the whole point of the facility when it was built—warning approaching ships.

The climb is not for the faint of heart, and I can’t imagine having to carry a jug of oil for the light up those stairs, but it is well worth the effort.  In a city with enough tourist trap type offerings, it is nice to know that there is a place to drop $50 for the family to hang out for an hour and take some memorable photographs. 

Lighthouses are an interesting part of American history, and this one has enough character to earn a place in your memory books.  It is truly a neat place to check out.  One of my favorites was the twisty tree just off the balcony of one of the houses on the grounds to explore.

It might now seem that high, but wait until you are looking down at the trees and people on the ground.

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