Stretch out to touch the stars in Daytona Beach

The list of things to do in Daytona Beach reaches far and wide — and tall! One community can’t-miss activity is Ponce Inlet Lighthouse’s Climb to the Moon monthly event. 

The event

Each month, visitors make the journey up the lighthouse to soak in unmatched moonlight views atop the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. The experience starts just before sunset, allowing visitors to soak in the majestic transition from day to night. As the moon rises over the water, guests can toast the day with a sparkling beverage and hors d’ oeuvres, provided by Inlet Harbor Restaurant.

An unbeatable panoramic scene awaits — views of the Atlantic Ocean, Ponce Inlet, and the inland waterways might just offer you a new perspective by the light of the full moon.

The tickets

This special event is limited to 25 participants, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $30 for lighthouse members and $35 for non-members. If you’re interested, lighthouse membership can be purchased online. Reservations for Climb to the Moon are a must! Call Karen at 386-761-1821 ext. 10 to reserve your space today.

The lighthouse

The Climb to the Moon event grants you access to the top of Florida's tallest lighthouse. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse stands tall at 175 feet height, and its roots in the community run just as deep.

Originally called the Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse, the tower was first erected in 1835. However, storm surges and an attack in the Second Seminole War brought the tower to a premature ending. The tower as it is today is a construction built out of necessity. In the late 1800s, several ships wrecked off the coast nearby, and a new lighthouse was resurrected to help guide the ships. The working lighthouse has seen the city through many a storm since, and it still stands strong today.

The lighthouse originally burned a kerosene lamp — one that could be seen for 20 miles away. In fact, the first order Fresnel lens is on display at the lighthouse museum for all to see. In 2004, the third order rotating Fresnel lens was restored and returned to the lantern room, where it remains today. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998, one of only eleven lighthouses to earn a place on this list.

You can learn all about this and more as the lighthouse keeper leads you on your journey into the past and up to magnificent moonlight views. Get your tickets today!

In Daytona Beach, adventure is around every corner. Whether you’re trying your hand at a new watersport, wandering through the boutiques in town or wading along the 23-mile shore, Daytona Beach is brimming with fun for the whole family.