Cape Florida Lighthouse

A view of the lighthouse.
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A view of the lighthouse at sunset.

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, it still stands. 

When the lighthouse was originally built, it guided sailors around the Florida reef helping them avoid an unfortunate accident. Today, the lighthouse is a cultural landmark that has been added 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 can tour the tower five days a week at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The tower is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Please contact the park at 786-582-2673 for more information. 

Other Information

Guests must be able to climb 109 spiral steps with narrow spaces and heights. Children must be 42 inches tall (106 cm) and able to climb independently. Infants may be carried in a harness with the carrier's arms free to use handrail. Pets are not permitted.