The Key West Lighthouse is located in Key West, Florida. The first Key West lighthouse was a 65-foot (20 m) tower completed in 1825. It had 15 lamps in 15-inch (380 mm) reflectors.
The first keeper, Michael Mabrity, died in 1832, and his widow, Barbara, became the lighthouse keeper, serving for 32 years. The Great Havana Hurricane of 1846 destroyed the lighthouse; the USS Morris, which was wrecked during the storm, reported "a white sand beach covers the spot where Key West Lighthouse stood". Barbara Mabrity survived, but fourteen people who had sought refuge in the lighthouse tower died, including seven members of her family. (The same hurricane destroyed the Sand Key Lighthouse, eight miles (13 km) away, killing six people, including the keeper, Rebecca Flaherty, another widow of a previous keeper.) Barbara Mabrity continued to serve as keeper of the Key West Light until the early 1860s, when she was fired at age 82 for making statements against the Union (Key West remained under Union control throughout the Civil War).
|Monday||9:30 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 4:30 PM|
Carlo Fusco | Feb 2, 2018
Key West is one of those places you always want to visit again. Riding around on those one speed bicycles with the basket made it so much fun. If you get a chance to tour the island by bicycle you have to do it. Most of these tours end with a slice of Frozen key lime pie and it was awesome.
Sadie Sweetman | Jan 20, 2018
The museum was the best part of this lighthouse. Lots of artifacts and info on historical locals. They should really get a stop-go directional aid for climbing the lighthouse. Waiting, squeezed on the side of the spiral staircase, for twenty people to go up or down is very unnecessary and easily remedied for a museum as busy as this one. Nice view from the top though.
Jacqui Rush | Dec 28, 2017
This place is really neat, don’t get me wrong. The lighthouse is beautiful, and the museum is well put together. However, the lady in charge of tickets was extremely rude to us. We showed up fifteen minutes before the closing time, unaware of the closing time, with our free tickets from a tour we were on previously that day. The lady at the ticket booth argued with us and tried to convince us we weren’t going to be able to see anything because we were too late. We explained to her we wanted to just see it and take pictures and she tried everything to send us away. Later she yelled at my grandfather for wanting to get in as well saying they were closed when they were clearly not. The lighthouse is neat, but the lady could have been friendlier. Make sure you know they close at 4:30, to save yourself from being yelled at.
John Fussell | Dec 21, 2017
A must do for a visit to Key West! I'm very glad I took the time to visit the lighthouse for a breathtaking view over the key. Be very cautious on the spiral staircase though. There is no way to tell if people are already coming up or down the staircase and it's a bit nerve-racking if you meet them in the middle.
Lisa Mitchell | Feb 9, 2018
Cool historical site. Nice and peaceful. The lady behind the cashier counter didn't seem to be having a good day when we went... very rude.
Layne Doyle | Mar 22, 2018
One of my favorite place to take my out of town friends! The view from the top of the lighthouse is terrific. The 88 or so stairs to get there really are worth the view at the top! The museum is small but pretty cool as well with lots of information and replicas, etc.. Definitely a good stop especially if you're going to the Hemingway House right across the street.
Jacob Rogatinsky | Mar 31, 2018
The lighthouse is definitely worth your while! It provides the best bird's eye view of Key West short of taking a helicopter ride, and it's only 5 dollars! For those of you afraid of heights like I am, I would still recommend making the climb... While you'll be terrified at the top, you'll thank yourself once you get back to the bottom! And for the rest of you, hold onto your hats as it can get windy up there. One person lost his hat while I was up there. Note: my picture from the top isn't great, I know, but the picture doesn't do it justice.
Brad Manuel | Mar 8, 2018
Go see Mrs Mary at the lighthouse. We met her and her husband while having lunch and she invited us to visit the lighthouse. The view from the lighthouse is amazing, and the museum was put together well. We learned a lot while there and enjoyed every bit of our visit there.
Lindsay W. | Apr 8, 2018
Really cool place to visit. I can't remember the man's name that found us and asked if we like trees, lol, but he was amazing. He taught us about the "gumbo limbo" tree which means "tourist" and its outer bark flakes off like it has a sunburn. There is one growing inside the false banyan next to the lighthouse.
tae morrow | Apr 28, 2018
Beautiful lighthouse and property. Tons of history. Loved it. Wife and I are huge fans of lighthouses and this one really made this honeymoon special.
Carlos Cueva | Apr 22, 2018
The views alone was worth the climb up and the price of $9/person. The climb is doable for almost all ages.. Me and my wife saw a couple in their 70's (if I were to guess) make the climb.. it's about a 5 story stair climb.
Rakiyah Cook | Apr 7, 2018
Its alright... Its a small lighthouse which is good for pictures and bad for what you think of when you think of a lighthouse. Good for kids and nice view. It is relaxing and easy to get to.
Jeffrey Gregorie | May 17, 2018
Having retired after having been at sea for many years I have had a chance to see many lighthouses during sea watch. There was always a indescribable feeling of calm when a sought loom was found on the horizon, and too that same feeling when I first climbed those 80 plus steps on my first visit to the interior of this lighthouse. You will always remember the view and will perhaps remember a story of sailing ships that a grandparent told you many years ago. (For me there was a reminder of a lovely book read as a child: “Portrait of Jennie.”) The gift shop is lovely and there are helpful and informative staff in attendance.
Jade Quist | May 22, 2018
Beautiful lighthouse! They have done a great job of keeping it maintained, it was very cool to be there. The only complaint I have about it all is the hours. They close very early in the evening (4:30), making it hard to enjoy the sunset from this location.(The sunsets around here are beautiful by the way)
Brian Dorazio | Jun 1, 2018
Great little lighthouse. Fantastic views of key west from the top. The museum is very nice and informative, especially for how small it is. Defiantly take the time to go to the top, it is a pretty easy climb compared to most taller, skinnier light houses.
Hope Reynolds | May 31, 2018
Almost immediately after the U.S. Navy established a base in Key West in 1823, the need for a lighthouse became evident. Erecting a lighthouse was essential in assuring the safe arrival of both military and commercial vessels navigating the shallow, reef-laden waters off the Florida Keys The current lighthouse opened in 1848 with a woman as its Keeper; nearly unheard of during the 19th century. In the years following, the Key West Lighthouse underwent a number of upgrades including the installation of a Third Order Fresnel Lens, an extension to the tower which allowed the light to be seen from a greater distance, the addition of Keeper’s Quarters, and finally the electrification of the light. If in the area, visit the Lighthouse and enjoy walking through history.
TOWANDAC1 | May 14, 2018
Set your expectations before going. The attendant was friendly and it’s across from Hemingway’s house. It’s an old lighthouse that has 88 steps to the top. You can walk around the outside deck at the top. There is a gift shop and a little museum. All of that is fine. The part we found disappointing was the lack of warning that the handrail is super rusty and will completely cover your hands and clothes in rust. It washes off but a warning would have been helpful.
Elena Stidham | Jun 29, 2018
Very neat place to see! 88 steps may not seem like much,but in the hot month of June it is! Great view from top! Nice little museum. Yard area was very well maintained and the tree was the coolest one I've seen yet! Even better, they actually have their own parking lot (which is hard to find it seems like in key west)
Erik Reed | Jul 6, 2018
If you're looking for something to do during the day, before you head out to enjoy the Key West nightlife. This is a must. Take the time to go up in the lighthouse and marvel at the view from atop. A nice breeze hits you in the face as you exit your climb up the stairs. The whole island is in view which gives you a whole new perspective on Key West than you would normally get from your Duval crawl. This is a landmark that may get overlooked by many, with so many other distractions in Key West. But I would suggest you make the climb and enjoy the view. Cheers 🍻
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