Lighthouse offers free climbing Saturday

Lighthouse offers free climbing Saturday

Lighthouse offers free climbing Saturday

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 09:30 AM.

Florida Lighthouse Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 12, with free climbing at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island .

The Lighthouse Museum and gift shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be no charge for climbing to the top of the lighthouse on Florida Lighthouse Day. Climbers still need to get a free ticket at the Lighthouse Gift Shop to present to the Lighthouse Keeper before they climb. All climbers must be at least 40 inches tall.

Florida Lighthouse Day is celebrated annually in April to commemorate the state’s remaining lighthouses. While there were at one time 59 lighthouses to guide mariners into the state’s ports and rivers, the Cape St. George Light is one of only 30 currently standing in Florida.

The glass in the lantern room of the lighthouse has been recently replaced, enhancing the spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay from the top of the lighthouse. Visitors climb 92 wooden stairs and an eight-rung ladder to access the lantern room.

On Monday, April 14, experience the full moon climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse. The sunset/full moon climb will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. Cost is $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association.

The sun will set at 8:06 p.m. and the moon will rise at 7:44 p.m.

After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit. Cost is $10 for the general public and $5 for lighthouse association members.

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