Key West Lighthouse Museum, Key West, Florida
938 Whitehead St, Key West, Florida 33040| Map |
Unlike many lighthouses, visitors can go inside to explore the Key West Lighthouse and its museum, which is the former lighthouse keeper’s home. Built in 1847 to help ships navigate dangerous reefs off the lower Keys, the Key West Lighthouse now stands sentinel over one of Florida's finest historical sites. Visitors to the lighthouse can climb the winding staircase’s 88 iron steps to the observation deck for amazing views (and breezes, so hang on to hats). The tower and keeper's quarters have been restored and maintained as they were before the lighthouse was deactivated in 1969. Many of the lighthouse’s original elements remain, including the pipes used to deliver acetylene gas that powered the light before electricity was installed in 1927. The museum also contains instruments, maps, photos and historic lighthouse artifacts.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
It gets breezy at the Key West Lighthouse Museum, so it’s a good idea to secure hats and bring a light jacket.
Address: 938 Whitehead St, Key West, Florida 33040| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm More Info
Price: Adults: $10; Children: $5; Seniors: $9 More Info