My last trip to Pensacola also included a visit to the Pensacola Lighthouse at the Naval Air Station. The light has been operational since 1859 and stands near where Pensacola Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico.
The tower is 150 feet tall and was built on a 40 ft bluff to get it high enough for ships to see over trees and Santa Rosa Island, which sits at the entrance of the Bay.
For about $6 you can climb the 177 steps to the top of the lighthouse. The climb is not for the faint of heights — the stairs are narrow and you can see through them all the way down to the bottom. At times we stepped aside onto window ledges to let others pass.
The breeze and nice view of Pensacola Bay from the top are worth it, though.
At the base of the lighthouse is the newly-renovated Keeper’s Quarters circa 1869. The light is still an active aid to navigation maintained by the Coast Guard, but the Keeper’s Quarters are now an interesting museum with lots of artifacts, including accounts of the many children that once lived there.
According to their website, there are a a number of specialty events as well, from ghost tours to Blue Angels viewing. A fun use of an hour or two for the history buff for sure. And also a romantic date night idea apparently.