Even with all of the changes we are experiencing today, there are plenty of things to do in New Smyrna Beach, including taking the infamous trek up the 175 feet of the tallest lighthouse in the state! That’s right! Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is still open!
Visiting this national historic treasure – which was built in 1887 – has long been a tradition for Florida visitors from across our nation and beyond. It’s something you don’t want to miss if you are lucky enough to be spending some time in the area; and the good news is that you still can, and there are plenty of Covid-19 safety measures in place on-site to help ensure the well-being of lighthouse guests and staff.
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse frequently cleans and disinfects public spaces, door handles, railings, exhibit cases and more throughout the day. There are hand sanitizing stations available and mask mandates in place. Lighthouse occupancy is limited to 20 visitors at a time and groups are restricted to ten or less. Arrows indicate a healthy flow for traffic, passing lanes were created on each of the tower’s seven landings and there are plenty of open air spaces.
The property’s smaller structures, including the woodshed theater and radio room, are currently closed, special events have been temporarily canceled and interactive exhibits as well as touch screen kiosks are not currently in use. However, if you want to see what like was like on this remote peninsula more than 120 years ago, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse offers a spectacular tour. Plus, there is a virtual tour option if you prefer to view the lighthouse and its grounds from the comfort of your home!