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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

Just a few short miles south of Daytona Beach, at the southernmost tip of the peninsula, is the off-the-beaten-path area of Ponce Inlet and the home of the tallest lighthouse in Florida. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, at 175-feet tall and 203 steps, is at once one of the area’s hidden gems and quite a stand out.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse - 175 feet of fun in the Florida sun!

Steeped in history, the lighthouse was built in 1887 and was first lit by a kerosene lamp November 1 of that year. The first order fixed Fresnel lens was made in Paris in 1867 and is now part of the museum's permanent display of one of the finest collections of restored Fresnel lenses in the world. The pristine lighthouse museum grounds offer a rare glimpse into the lives of former lighthouse keepers as well as humble Cuban rafts found washed ashore.

A visit to the lighthouse, rain or shine, is always a cherished experience. Along with a historic display that touts Ponce Inlet's place in the early days of automobile and motorcycle racing on the nearby beach, you may encounter special historical exhibits and events. Fun for the whole family, the popular Climb to the Moon series is a popular sell out. Consider it a lucky omen if you spot Nelly, the lighthouse cat, each so named for the past 100 years. 

Add a visit to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and with it comes a full day or two of exploration! 

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