The Oil Storage House was built during the time when kerosene began to replace whale and paraffin oils and is one of the largest of its kind. Constructed outside the of the Light Station's picket fence for safety reasons, the Oil Storage House was restored 1989, and although no longer used to store fuel, the structure still houses the oil tanks from 1929.
The Lens Exhibit Building features a variety of exhibits about the development of illumination in lighthouses and how Fresnel lenses were used to bend the light into a single intense beam. Exhibits include the Ponce Inlet First Order fixed Fresnel lens and the First Order rotating Fresnel lens from the Cape Canaveral lighthouse.
The Cuban Raft Enclosure is home to two authentic rafts that were once built and used by Cuban refugees to cross the treacherous Florida Straits to escape political oppression in Cuba in the 1980s. The Radio and Generator Room allows visitors to discover how the Daytona Beach area served as a major Navy training area during the Second World War and how the lighthouse played a role in keeping an eye out for enemy submarines.
Nature-lovers will delight in exploring the natural coastal hammock that runs behind the Light Station and is home to a diverse range of fauna and flora, wildlife and birds, including the protected Gopher Tortoise.
The Ponce De León Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is located at 4931 South Peninsula Drive in Ponce Inlet, Florida and is open seven days a week. Visitors can enjoy an informative 20-minute video called ‘A Heritage Remembered’ in the Woodshed Theater, which details the unique and fascinating history of the Ponce Inlet Light Station and surrounding area.
A gift shop sells a variety of lighthouse and nautical themed merchandise, ranging from clothing, art, books, jewelry, and souvenirs. Located just 10 miles south of Daytona Beach, the Lighthouse & Museum are close to Florida’s major tourist attractions such as the Kennedy Space Center and historic St. Augustine.
The Ponce De León Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers a variety of docent-led guided educational and group tours that delve into lighthouse station life at the turn-of-the-century.
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Address: 4931 South Peninsula Drive - Ponce Inlet, FL 32127, Phone: 386-761-1821 Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum - Photo: Kenneth Keifer/Fotolia