Visiting the Lighthouse
Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1859 lighthouse. The Richard C. Callaway Museum in the restored 1869 keeper's quarters offers local history exhibits including: Civil War history, U.S. Coast Guard history, the first Pensacola Lighthouse, maritime history, and local archaeology. Also available are a museum store, after-hours tours and events, children’s programs, weddings, and special events.The Pensacola Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Security Gate Procedures
The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum sits on Naval Air Station Pensacola, which is an active military base. All visitors must enter through a security checkpoint (see below for additional gate details). At high traffic times, lines may form at the checkpoints which can delay entrance. Please take the potential delay into account if you have reservations for a tour or other scheduled event.
When approaching the security checkpoints, please be prepared to present the guard with proper identification for yourself as well as any other passengers who are 18 or older (a valid driver's license will work).
PLEASE NOTE: visitors from Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Minnesota, or Washington may require additional identification to enter through the security gate of NAS Pensacola.
From the U.S. Department of Defense: "Defense Department installations will no longer accept driver’s licenses from Illinois, Missouri and New Mexico as proof of identity for access control purposes, according to DoD officials. Non-enhanced licenses from Minnesota or Washington also are no longer accepted. Those attempting to gain physical access to DoD installations must show an alternate form of identification, such as a passport."
Other acceptable alterate forms of identification include:
- Social Security Card
- Voter's Registration
- State or Federal Work ID
- Concealed Weapons ID
All civilian visitors to NAS Pensacola during daily operating hours must use the West Gate entrance, located approximately one mile south of the intersection of Blue Angel Parkway and Sorrento Rd. This gate closes to visitors at 4:30pm, so be sure to be on the base by that time in order to see the lighthouse.
From Perdido Key, FL and Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, AL:
From 292, cross Perdido Key Bridge and take the first right onto Gulf Beach Hwy. Then take a right onto Blue Angel Parkway and drive through the west gate of NAS Pensacola. Take Radford Boulevard. The Pensacola Lighthouse will be on the right.
From I-10 East or West:
Take Exit 7 (Pine Forest Road, 297). Head south about 1.5 miles to Blue Angel Parkway. Drive about 11 miles to west gate of NAS Pensacola. Keep straight on Radford Boulevard. Pensacola Lighthouse will be on the right.
From Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach, Ft. Walton and Destin:
From Highway 98 to Pensacola Bay Bridge, veer left onto Bayfront Parkway, which turns into Main Street. Take a left onto Barrancas Avenue. Continue on Gulf Beach Hwy and turn left onto Blue Angel Parkway and drive through the west gate of NAS Pensacola. Take Radford Boulevard. The Pensacola Lighthouse will be on the right.
Parking and Entrances
Ensure all adults have a photo ID in their possession, and all insurance/registration paperwork for the vehicle is up to date and in the vehicle.
The main parking lot is located on the north side of the Lighthouse. Parking spaces for those with disabilities are available on the south side (water side) of the lighthouse.
The first floor of the museum is wheelchair-accessible via a ramp on the east side of the building.
For Your Safety
To keep our guests safe, a number of safety procedures have been established for climbing the lighthouse tower.
Climbers must be 44” or 7 years of age to be allowed up the tower
Children may not be carried up the tower, even in secure carriers.
Shoes must have a secure back (no flip-flops!), and may not have a spike heel.
No smoking, food, drink, pets, or wet clothing are permitted in the tower or museum.
Backpacks, camera bags, and other oversized bags must be left in your vehicle, as they cannot be taken into the museum or tower, and cannot be left in the gift shop.