Monday February 22 2016
through Saturday December 31 2016
The first lighthouse in the Pensacola area was built in 1824 and was located about a mile and a half to the east of this current location. By the 1850s it became apparent the original lighthouse was inadequate (too short and the light too dim), so congress approved allocations for another. The lighthouse on display was first lit on New Year's Day 1859. It stands 159 feet tall.
The entry fee includes a climbing tour of the lighthouse, as well as admission to the keeper's quarters (1869) and historical exhibits. You will note that this site is located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station and across the road from the Naval Air Museum, so it makes for good planning to visit the two sites together.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.