As the oldest structure in Miami-Dade, the lighthouse is a time capsule containing an immense amount of Florida history. First erected in 1825, the Cape Florida Light has survived nearly 200 years of erosion, dozens of hurricanes, an attack by native Seminole Native Americans, and an explosion of lantern oil and gun powder. Yet, through all the tribulation, she still stands. When the lighthouse was originally built, she guided sailors around the Florida reef helping them avoid an unfortunate accident. Today, we’ve renovated her into a cultural landmark and added her to the National Register of Historic Places.
From the top, a wrap-around balcony supplies a legendary view over Key Biscayne. In the north onlookers get a view of world-famous Miami Beach. To the east swirls the Atlantic Ocean, home to dolphins, stingrays and manatees. In the south, the floating homes of Stiltsville are still visible standing over the water. And in the west, adventure seekers capture an unparalleled view of vibrant Cape Florida and Key Biscayne.
Free with park entry.
Visitors may tour the tower five days a week, with tours taking place at 10 am and 1pm. The tower is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Please contact the park at 305-361-8779 for more information.
Guests must be able to climb one hundred nine spiral steps, encounter narrow spaces and heights. Children must be 42” tall (106 cm) and able to independently climb. Infants may be carried in a harness with arms free to use handrail. Pets are not permitted.