Completed in 1887 the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was built when the area was known as Mosquito Inlet. After decades of restoration by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, it stands today as one of the best preserved, most complete Light Stations in the nation.
Soaring 175 feet above the World’s Most Famous Beach, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is the State’s tallest lighthouse and one of the most popular cultural destinations in east central Florida. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998, the light station and museum is visited by nearly 200,000 people each year.
Founded in 1972 by a group of concerned local citizens, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association has worked diligently to restore, manage, and interpret this historic light station. Once teetering on the brink of destruction, the Light Station now stands as one of the best preserved lighthouse facilities and comprehensive lighthouse museums in the country thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Association.
In addition to its ongoing preservation and restoration work, the Association is also known for its exceptional educational programming. In keeping with its committment to promote public awareness of the importantance of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse in local, state, and national history, the Preservation Association provides these excellent educational programs to all local public and private schools free of charge.
The Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association is a 501 C-3 nonprofit organization. Funding for nearly all ongoing restoration, maintenance, and educational projects is generated through admission and gift shop sales, memberships, and private/corporate donations. The Preservation Association does not receive public funding at this time at either the federal, state, or local level.
As such, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse relies on patrons like you to help fund its ongoing mission to preserve and disseminate the maritime and social history of the Ponce De Leon Inlet Light Station through the purchase of merchandise, museum admissions, and by becoming a member of the Association. We thank you for your generous support.