What Is It?

Stretching up above the Gulf waters, the Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum provides sweeping views of the waves and beaches.

Origin Story

In 1859, after the previous Pensacola Lighthouse was deemed too short and not bright enough, this 159-foot lighthouse was first lit. Originally, the whole tower was painted white, but soon the top two-thirds were painted black to stand out against cloudy skies.

High Time

Visitors take 177 steps up a spiral staircase to the viewing platform. From 150 feet above the ground, you can get a bird’s-eye view of the waves and sand, imagine the ships guided into Pensacola harbors and occasionally see planes from the Naval Aviation Museum just up the road.


The lighthouse keepers’ on-site dwelling was converted into the Maritime Museum, which opened in 1995. The museum rotates many exhibits, including history of lighthouse illumination, how the lighthouse operated and stories of the lighthouse operators.

What to Pack

The lighthouse is on the property of Naval Air Station Pensacola, an active military base that has limited access during the pandemic. Once open, visitors older than 18 need to bring ID. Also, those planning to climb the lighthouse stairs need to wear shoes with a secure back for safety.

More Info

To plan your future trip, visit pensacolalighthouse.org, or call 850-393-1561.