Spend the Holidays at the Lighthouse

Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 3:47PM

Spend the Holidays at the Lighthouse

Many of you may be looking for ways to make the most out of the upcoming holiday season and end the year on cheerful note. Whether you’re a full-time Volusia County resident or have chosen to visit the area as part of your holiday plans, Ponce Inlet is an ideal destination for this time of year.

The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark and one of Daytona’s most popular tourist destinations! The Lighthouse and Museum offers visitors the unique opportunity to climb to the top of Florida’s Tallest Lighthouse, explore on the largest and best-preserved historic lighthouse facilities in the country, and discover the fascinating history of the light station, US Lighthouse Service, and local Florida region as they tour the world class museum.

Learn what it was like to live and work at an isolated light station on the Florida coast more than 100 years ago as you walk through the white picket fence and step back in time! The Ponce de Leon Lighthouse offers a family-friendly environment that will help get your family in the holiday spirit! Read on for ways you can enjoy the Ponce Inlet lighthouse this season and beyond!

Thanksgiving at the Lighthouse

Start a new Thanksgiving family tradition (or continue an old one) by visiting the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum on November 27th!  Avoid the hustle-and-bustle of Black Friday crowds and work off those Thanksgiving Day calories by climbing 203 steps to the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse where spectacular views of the World’s Most Famous Beach, Ponce Inlet, and inland waterways await!  A post-Thanksgiving visit to Ponce Inlet will kick off the holiday season in fun, family-oriented way that none of you will ever forget.  

Climb 175-feet of History on Christmas Eve

The holiday season is a time for traditions. How about a new one? Nothing says quality time like climbing to the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse and enjoying breathtaking views together as a family.

Our tower will be open on Christmas Eve from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with the last chance to climb at 3:00 pm. We invite you to spend quality time with your loved ones as you make the 203-step trek up our historic tower. Enjoy views of the inlet as you feel the magic of Christmas Eve and imagine all the past holidays that have been experienced here by lighthouse keeper’s families alike.

Watch the Last Sunset of 2020 from 175 Feet

Many of us are looking forward to the New Year. Start a new family tradition by climbing to the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse to watch final rays of the sun kiss the western horizon as sun sets on New Year’s Eve and say goodbye to 2020. Be sure to arrive early to provide ample time for you and your family to explore the historic light station and museum before climbing 203 steps to the top of Florida’s Tallest Lighthouse to catch the setting sun at 5:37 pm. Last admission for the day will be sold at 5:00 pm.

We are Working Hard to Keep You Safe

Are you planning a visit the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum this holiday season but are concerned about COVID-19? You can rest assured that strict COVID-19 mitigation strategies are in place and that museum staff members are working hard to ensure your lighthouse visit is as safe as possible.  

Current COVID-19 Safety Measures at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum Include:

  • Mandatory Indoor and Outdoor Mask Policy
  • Frequent Cleaning & Disinfecting of Public Spaces and Common Surfaces
  • Hand Sanitizer Stations
  • Occupancy Limits Within Buildings
  • Social Distancing
  • Shielded Passing Lanes Inside Tower
  • And More!

You can put your mind at ease knowing that our number one priority is keeping you and your family safe during your visit. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated. You can learn more about our COVID-19 safety measures by visiting www.ponceinlet.org/Ponce-Inlet-Lighthouse-COVID-19-Safety-Information-1-6961.html. We are all in this together!

Shop for Unique Gifts

After your family has enjoyed all that our site has to offer, be sure to stop by and browse the museum gift shop for the perfect memento to commemorate your lighthouse visit or to purchase holiday gifts for friends and family. Our unique maritime and lighthouse themed gift shop offers a wide selection of high-quality lighthouse and nautical themed souvenirs, housewares, apparel, books, jewelry, toys and more. In addition to leaving with a wonderful product, you will also feel good knowing that the proceeds from your purchase will help fund the Association’s ongoing mission to preserve and disseminate the maritime and social history of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse You can discover some of our most popular merchandise and gift ideas here.

We also offer a large selection of gift shop merchandise online at www.lighthouselocker.org/.

We intend for our lighthouse and museum grounds to serve as a beacon of hope and a safe destination for families this year. Wherever you’re spending the holidays in 2020, we wish you safety and health as we close out this unusual year. We hope to welcome you and your family to Ponce Inlet very soon!

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