Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum Tours

Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum
Standing tall overlooking Pensacola Bay, the historic Pensacola Lighthouse has been lighting up the coast since 1858 and remains in operation today. Pensacola is the second oldest city in the United States, and has been an important military location throughout history. The tower was commissioned by Congress and designed by engineer John Newton, an army general who fought in several battles on Florida ground. The lighthouse was only open for two years before the Civil War came to Pensacola, at which point they constructed the nearby battery of artillery and darkened the light to stay discreet. 

Today the light in the tower is automated, but stories of those believed to haunt the lighthouse persist. It sits on the grounds of Naval Air Station Pensacola, home of the Blue Angels. Its significance in both the past and present has made it a landmark for the state of Florida. At the top of its 177 steps awaits an incredible view of the bay.

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The lighthouse is open daily Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and on Sundays from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. To get there driving from Interstate 10, exit at Pine Forest Road  and follow the signs for the Museum of Naval Aviation. Adult admission is $6, with children, seniors, and active military admission costing $4.
Address: 2081 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, Florida, USA
Hours: Mon-Sat from 10:30-5:30 pm, Sun from 12:30-5:30 pm.
Admission: $6 ($4 for children 7-12, seniors and active military.)
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Civil War Tour of Pensacola

Explore Pensacola’s Civil War history on this guided, 2-hour sightseeing tour. Travel back in time to the days of the Civil War and hear how the town became the most militarized and hotly contested city in Florida. Visit the battle lines and see how events unfolded with maps and music from the era. This tour includes a visit to the top of the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, a structure that survived Federal bombardments during the war.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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