Key West Lighthouse
A testament to the island’s maritime history.
The iconic Key West Lighthouse is something you have to see while in the area, this historic light station-turned-museum dedicated to 'Key West's maritime heritage and to the men and women who bravely kept the light burning through threats of war and weather.'
The very first lighthouse built here was finished in 1825 and stood at 65 feet tall. It held 15 lamps and 15-inch reflectors and was run by Michael Mabrity. After his passing his wife Barbara took control for just over 32 years. The tower was destroyed in the Great Havana Hurricane of 1846, which ended up killing 14 people taking solace here, including 6 of the Mabrity's children.
The current lighthouse you see standing today was finished in 1849 and stands at 73 feet. It holds a Third Order Fresnel Lens, which is actually from the decommissioned Sombrero Key Lighthouse. Your group can climb the 88 iron steps to the top and enjoy the gorgeous ocean views, then head to the Keeper's Quarters for a tour, with several original furnishings within.