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Ponce Inlet Lighthouse March 23, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.

Mid-afternoon, we checked into our sparkling clean room in Port Orange.

After admiring the love birds, we headed across the Halifax River to climb the tallest lighthouse in Florida.

Step back in time and climb 175 feet of fun in the Florida sun at the Ponce Inlet Light Station and Museum! Constructed in 1887, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse has guided mariners along the Florida coast for more than 130 years. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998, this world-famous lighthouse museum is conveniently located ten miles south of Daytona on the World’s Most Famous Beach and offers a treasure trove of experiences for young and old alike. Not to be missed, a visit to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is guaranteed to take your Florida vacation to new heights of adventure!

The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is tall . . . with a lot of steps.  In fact, if you want to be exact, the lighthouse boasts 213 steps from the ground level to the viewing platform.

Like the Energizer Bunny, they keep going and going and going.

But we made it!

After a challenging climb, we stepped outside to enjoy the view from the top.


Can you imagine climbing that sucker every day to tend the lens?  Yowsa!

A lighthouse keeper needed good knees, good hips, a good eye and plenty of stamina!

On the steep circular descent, my knees felt a bit rubbery!  But we made it back to terra firma without mishap ~ no slips, trips, or falls!

Aah . . . that’s better!

You can take a VIRTUAL TOUR of the museum grounds without climbing 213 steps:

Click on the on-screen arrows to navigate your way around the light station’s historic keeper dwellings as well as our many modern museum exhibits. And if you see our lighthouse keeper, just click on him to hear what he has to say.


1. Rivergirl - March 23, 2022

Now that’s a lighthouse!

nrhatch - March 23, 2022

The real deal! 😀

2. Kate Crimmins - March 23, 2022

Oddly enough I’m not a fan of steep steps although my hips, knees and joints are all good. I like when there is an elevator. Yes, I know that’s cheating!

nrhatch - March 23, 2022

Reaching the top felt like an accomplishment. Imagine climbing ten stories every day?! At least we weren’t carrying groceries! 😀

Kate Crimmins - March 23, 2022

Nope, that job is not on my list of preferred jobs.

nrhatch - March 23, 2022

Haha! Since I retired, there are no jobs on my preferred jobs list. Well maybe one ~ croissant taste tester!

3. Ally Bean - March 23, 2022

I’m glad you climbed the stairs and took the pics. I like lighthouses very much when someone else conquers them. 😉

nrhatch - March 23, 2022

You iz smart!

4. L. Marie - March 24, 2022

More than makes up for that tiny lighthouse in the previous photo. The photo from above looking at the ground floor reminds me of Hitchcock’s films and also several other recent films. Great framing on those photos.

nrhatch - March 24, 2022

Yes, the lighthouses offer up the long and the short of it! I’m glad we climbed to the top . . . but I might not be inclined to do it a second time. Too. Many. Steps. 😀

5. Debra - March 24, 2022

Your photos are great, Nancy. I love lighthouses and have climbed many steps to get to the top. I haven’t had that opportunity in a while and I wonder if I can still do it! 🙂

nrhatch - March 25, 2022

I wondered that about 3 times on my way up this lighthouse. Lighthouses can literally take your breath away! 😀

6. joyroses13 - March 25, 2022

Wow! Impressive Lighthouse and impressive that you made it up the stairs, my legs would be sore for sure!! Hope you treated yourself to a nice long drink at the bottom. 🙂

nrhatch - March 25, 2022

I thought my legs would complain more than they did ~ they were wobbly for a couple hours and that was it.

I did treat myself to Happy Hour at Down the Hatch!

joyroses13 - March 25, 2022

That is great that they didn’t bother you that much and yay on relaxing later. 🙂

nrhatch - March 25, 2022

Relaxing is an art we’ve perfected in retirement. Aah . . . that’s better! 😆

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