Amelia Island Lighthouse

Few structures in Florida boast heritage as long and intriguing as the Amelia Island Lighthouse, built in 1838. This is the state's oldest lighthouse, and it is the only one from the Territorial Period that has survived without major rebuilding.

When the lantern first sent its beam out to sea, Florida was not yet a state. Through the years, the old sailing ships gave way to modern freighters and fishing boats. The beacon kept shining and still guides seafarers into the channel toward the Fernandina Harbor.

The City of Fernandina Beach received possession of the lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2001. The Coast Guard, with the help of local Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, is responsible for the function of the beacon. The City will preserve this monument, recognizing its importance as one of the island's most visible and beloved historic sites.

Lighthouse Tours

To register for a tour of the lighthouse, please call 904-310-3350 or visit the Atlantic Recreation Center at 2500 Atlantic Avenue.  Payment of tour fee due at time of registration.

The bus leaves the Atlantic Recreation Center promptly at 10:00am on the day of the tour. Pre-registration required. Call (904) 310-3350 to reserve your spot. 

The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month (excluding observed City holidays)

$10.00 per adult
$5.00 per child ages 12 and under
Minimum participation of 5 people
Maximum participation of 22 people

Special Notes: The tour does not allow for patrons to climb the stairs inside the lighthouse. 

Other fees
Private tour (minimum of 10 people, maximum of 25) - weekday:  $200
Private tour (minimum of 10 people, maximum of 25) - weekend:  $250
Lighthouse filming fee (2 hours):  $200.00
Additional filming hours:  $100 per hour
Lighthouse DVD:  $15 each

Viewing the Property

The Amelia Island Lighthouse property, located at 215 O'Hagan Lane (accessible from North Wolff Street), is open to the public for viewing on Saturdays from 11:00am - 2:00pm.  Please note that only the grounds around the Lighthouse are accessible on Saturdays.  For access to inside the Lighthouse, please register for one of our tours.  

Lighthouse day