Come celebrate your Spring vacation with a day of fun, good eating, and adventure in Ponce Inlet. Start your day off by visiting the Ponce DeLeon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Discover the fascinating story of this historic landmark as you climb 203 steps to the top of Florida’s tallest light station. Walk around the top of the light for a 360-degree view of Ponce. Get a gorgeous bird’s-eye view in all directions.
Explore exhibits and well-preserved artifacts. Learn more about those who maintained and operated the lighthouse over the years. Experience what it was like to live and work as a lightkeeper in Ponce Inlet.
The town of Ponce Inlet is a great same-day destination spot with so much to offer its visitors. Before or after your lighthouse visit, discover parks, fun activities, the beach and restaurants where you can relax, rejuvenate, and celebrate Spring. There is so much to explore in Ponce Inlet.
Ponce Inlet has several restaurants open for lunch and dinner:
Down The Hatch Seafood Company is located at the end of Beach Street on the Halifax River. Enjoy indoor or outdoor dining overlooking the river while listening to live music. Watch the sports fishing boats go by and you might see a pod of breaching dolphin. This was one of the original fish camps in the area. The history of this restaurant is intriguing. You can learn more at www.downthehatchseafood.com/home
Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill is located just on the other side of the park. Enjoy mostly outdoor dining overlooking the water of the Inlet. Pelicans can be seen resting on posts on and around the water. Catch a magnificent sunset at the end of your day. www.hiddentreasurerestaurants.com/ponceinlet-2/
Jerry’s Italian Grill and Tiki Bar is the only Italian restaurant in Ponce Inlet. If you are in the mood for some delicious Italian cuisine or pizza, you will love this unique place! Live music is a regular event at Jerry’s so you will want to stay to enjoy the entertainment as well. https://jerrystikibar.com/
Off The Hook Restaurant can be found on the Halifax River at the end of Inlet Harbor Road. Witness gorgeous sunsets on our large deck with swinging loveseats. Enjoy drinks outdoors and taste oysters from our oyster bar. Live music is often a treat as well. Enjoy delicious meals inside or out. www.offthehookatinletharbor.com/
Racing’s North Turn Restaurant is the only restaurant located directly on the beach in Ponce Inlet. Watch the ocean waves crash on shore as you enjoy your scrumptious food. It is famously located at the North Turn of the original beach racing track that can be seen in historic film footage on display in the lighthouse museum exhibit. https://www.racingsnorthturn.com/
Care for a sweet treat or fun on the water? We have two Ice Cream Shops with which offer fun activities on the water in Ponce:
Lighthouse Ice Cream is located on the other side of the park Pirate playground and Veteran’s Memorial. So many flavors to choose from! Next door is Ponce Inlet Watersports where you can rent water sports equipment, book an Eco Tour or schedule many other fun activities. https://ponceinletwatersports.com/
Ho Daddy O’s Surf Cream is located next door to the 7-11 store as you enter Ponce Inlet on Atlantic Ave. You can enjoy ordering ice cream at our walk-up window or inside at our authentic beachside ice cream hangout spot. Ho Daddy’s also runs Surf and Sports Camps beginning in the Spring and throughout the summer months. www.hodaddyos.com
You will enjoy driving or walking on the Ponce Inlet Beach which you can access either through Lighthouse Point Park at the end of Atlantic Avenue or by driving directly on the beach at the last ramp at Atlantic Avenue and Beach Street in Ponce Inlet.
Ponce Inlet is also home to the Marine Science Center. Discover and learn about Volusia County’s rich marine life. Through innovative learning experiences, visitors can observe seabird and sea turtle rehabilitation, get hands-on within a teaching lab, and explore the exhibits. There is even a nature trail that illustrates the story of marine life in Ponce Inlet. www.marinesciencecenter.com/
Plan to enjoy a day in Ponce Inlet during your Spring vacation. Visit the tallest lighthouse in Florida at 175 feet. Did you know that a significant portion of the Association’s operating funds are generated through gift shop sales?
Our museum gift shop offers a unique selection of lighthouse and nautical-themed merchandise for young and old alike. You will find: apparel, home décor, jewelry, books, toys, and more. Help support our mission to preserve and disseminate the maritime and social history of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Browse the gift shop or shop online at www.lighthouselocker.orgnual