Visit the lighthouse
the liighthouse was built in 1887 and has been restored over the past decade. You can climb to the top and see for miles. Not as interesting or fun as the lighthouses in New England, but I have to admit, ANY lighthouse is pretty cool if you ask me.
Go deep sea fishing
There's no shortage of fishing charters here. My favorite is Critterfleet. They run 1/2 and full day charters and the staff is awesome. For about $50, they will take you out, supply rods and bait. They even unhook and clean your fish. If the fish aren't biting, they will move the boat to a spot where they are. One tip, if you are anything other than an expert fisherman, choose the half day trip. I love the ocean and grew up fishing, but a full day in the Florida sun is way too much. A half day on the other hand, is perfect.
Mosquito Inlet Light
The Ponce de Leon Inlet was called Mosquito Inlet when the lighthouse was built in 1887. Ponce de Leon Light Station was designated a historic landmark in 1998. It is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m in the winter, and can be climbed for an excellent view of the surrounding countryside.
There were 10 buildings in the museum - one of them had an exhibit on fresnel lenses (the largest in the world), and in that building was a panoramic view of Ponce Inlet. I wanted to climb up a couple of stories to see the inlet, but I didn't have the energy. The lighthouse is the tallest one in FL and is 175 feet tall.
There was also a 20 minute video on the life of the lighthouse keeper. When we went in, there was a huge cat lying on one of the benches. He appeared later in the video.
It was still raining a little, so I took some film pictures in addition to the digital ones that I took inside out of the rain.
"Because it takes at lease one hour for a thorough tour of the lighthouse and museum, the last admission to the Ponce Inlet Light Station is one hour before closing.
"Visitors are invited to climb the lighthouse tower during their visit, but the tower is closed if lightning is present in the area."
Admission to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is $5 for adults (no reduction for seniors or for those who don't want to climb the lighthouse), $1.50 for children 11 and under.
There is a $1 charge to stamp a National Parks passport.
- Family Travel
- Museum Visits