St. Augustine Lighthouse // Sunset Moonrise Celestial Event // Champagne Toast and Hors’d’Oeuvres

St. Augustine Lighhouse, St. Augustine Lighthouse // Sunset Moonrise Celestial Event // Champagne Toast and Hors’d’Oeuvres

Once a month – just once – a very special evening event takes place at the St. Augustine, Florida Lighthouse. It’s a 360° event at 165 feet in the air, with horizon-to-horizon views.

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The spectacle occurs when the sun sets to the West over the Intracoastal Waterway, then the moon rises in the East over the Atlantic Ocean and Salt Run.

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This natural experience is like no other, and the views from the historic landmark make the monthly event extra celestial. There’s the ICW to the West. Next you see downtown St. Augustine to the Northwest and the Tolomato River to the North. Turning Northeast, you can view the St. Augustine Inlet, Salt Run and Crazy Banks to the East. Finally, a view of St. Augustine Beach to the South.

St. Augustine Lighhouse, St. Augustine Lighthouse // Sunset Moonrise Celestial Event // Champagne Toast and Hors’d’Oeuvres
St. Augustine Lighhouse, St. Augustine Lighthouse // Sunset Moonrise Celestial Event // Champagne Toast and Hors’d’Oeuvres

Champagne at the Top

Sunset Moonrise evening events include a champagne toast provided by local San Sebastian Winery and light hors d’oeuvres provided by a local restaurant, The Reef. I.D. is required, and attendees must be at least 44 inches tall. When winds top 30 knots, children are not allowed at the top, and at 40 knots, adults are precluded.

St. Augustine Lighhouse, St. Augustine Lighthouse // Sunset Moonrise Celestial Event // Champagne Toast and Hors’d’Oeuvres

With 219 steps to climb and eight landings, you’ll be glad to know that the volunteers hoist the bubbly and bites to the top for you.

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Special Events

For my husband’s birthday, I reserved over 20 tickets. One of our guests was a last-minute addition, and the coordinator at the lighthouse put me on a waiting list. Then, the coordinator was able to let me know a couple hours in advance that someone was unable to come and I could purchase that additional ticket. They are very helpful and organized.

St. Augustine Lighhouse, St. Augustine Lighthouse // Sunset Moonrise Celestial Event // Champagne Toast and Hors’d’Oeuvres
St. Augustine Lighhouse, St. Augustine Lighthouse // Sunset Moonrise Celestial Event // Champagne Toast and Hors’d’Oeuvres

Nonprofit Organization

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum nonprofit organization owns and maintains the lighthouse and several other historic structures on the grounds.

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Other Tours and Events

Some other events that take place at the top of the lighthouse are the Lighthouse Ghost Tales and the Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours. One of those was scheduled immediately after our Sunset Moonrise event. Another tour that does not include the lighthouse is the Lighthouse Keeper’s Tour.

St. Augustine Lighhouse, St. Augustine Lighthouse // Sunset Moonrise Celestial Event // Champagne Toast and Hors’d’Oeuvres

St. Augustine Lighthouse Information

The St. Augustine Lighthouse is located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue, St. Augustine, Florida 32080. You can email them at info@staugustinelighthouse.org or call (904) 829-0745.

Additionally, The lighthouse hosts daily activities, heritage boatworks, and nature trails. There are summer camp programs, archaeology displays, shipwreck artifacts, and several historic buildings on the property.

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