Just south of Daytona Beach on A1A is the charming town of Ponce Inlet, home to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse (the tallest lighthouse in Florida), the Marine Science Center, and the Ponce Inlet Historical Museum.
The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse was originally built in the 1800’s to reduce the number of shipwrecks because of the treacherous offshore reef.
Activated in 1887, the initial lighthouse was lit by a kerosene lantern within a Fresnel lens, and later in the 1930s powered by electricity with a third-order Fresnel lens. The updated light has been fitted with a modern rotating beacon and continues to operate.
Today, visitors can climb the 203-step lighthouse for a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and surrounding area.
Explore the full complex that includes historic homes of former lighthouse keepers, a lens exhibit, oil storage buildings and a pump house – all providing insight into the life and times of those who toiled in this remote outpost.