Lighthouse Day

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse will celebrate Florida Lighthouse Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Docent John Butterfield leads a tour during a recent Florida Lighthouse Day.

Before modern technology, all a ship’s captain had were charts, skill and Florida’s 49 lighthouses to get to safe harbor or avoid a hazard.

To celebrate Lighthouses, the National Historic Landmark Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum invites the public from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, to enjoy a day of historical celebration of those unique sentinels of the sea.

The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse staff and its docents will offer challenging and inspiring presentations, fun hands-on workshops and children’s take-home crafts, all included with regular admission to the lighthouse.

Docents in U.S. Lighthouse Service uniforms will answer questions and conduct orientation tours at the lighthouse station. Climbing Florida’s tallest lighthouse tower with its breath-taking view from the gallery is always a special treat.

Also, the station’s many historic buildings, now museums, are devoted to the narrative of the American lighthouse service and the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse story. Each building houses exhibits and artifacts.

The nationally acclaimed Lens Museum features an unparalleled collection of rare Fresnel Lenses, one of the largest collections among maritime museums in the world.

General admission rates are adults 12 and older, $6.95; children 3 to 11, $1.95; and children 2 to younger, free.

For more information, call (386) 761-1821, ext. 18.

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