Stephanie

Stephanie

November 30, 2016
Rated 5.0

Really great park! Parking is free and the grounds are dog friendly. I went in the morning right after they opened so it wasn't too hot and the school groups hadn't arrived. I recommend going around then, the parking lot is expansive, but it's easier to navigate when empty. The cannon firing was especially cool, but the first firing wasn't until 11am (park opens at 9). But that meant there was plenty of time to lazily stroll around the different exhibits and end with the cannon. The peacocks that roam around are definitely a highlight!

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November 30, 2016
Rated 5.0

If you're only going to do one lighthouse in your life, I'd recommend this one, mostly because when you're climbing to the top, there is a railing on each side of the stairwell instead of just one. The steps are also wider and less steep - so yes, there are more steps but it makes for an easier climb. There's an open ended tour around the grounds which was interesting and informative as well as museum exhibits around the property.

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November 30, 2016
Rated 4.0

The park and beach access is free; to get out onto the pier itself to "sightsee" is a dollar. They have fishing equipment you can rent and fish on the pier as well. There's a smattering of benches on the pier itself to sit and look out. The view from the end of the pier is great and definitely worth it - we were able to see some dolphins swimming off the coast! The pier could probably use a fresh coat of paint though.

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November 30, 2016
Rated 5.0

The entrance fee is now $6.95 if I can remember correctly, but still well worth it. If you've done other FL lighthouses, this one is a little more difficult as it only has one railing, but the view from the top is fantastic. There's a great woodsy trail to walk and there's a heartbreaking exhibit with rafts that have washed ashore, presumably from Cuban refugees. The lighthouse is tucked away so the area is nice and quiet and off the beaten path. There's lots of great places to sit and picnic nearby and there's an adorable lighthouse cat that hangs around the main house.

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October 05, 2016
Rated 4.0

Great tour, but the street parking was very difficult during high traffic times.

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October 05, 2016
Rated 4.0

A smaller zoo than I was expecting, but bigger than I realized compared to its parking lot. Having pandas was cool. And being able to feed a giraffe was an absolute joy.

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October 05, 2016
Rated 3.0

It's not all it's cracked up to be ;) but if you needed a stop to stretch your legs, this is a great place to do it with a fun picture to take too. There's a big field right next to it if you've got someone in the car who needs to run around and burn off some energy.

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October 05, 2016
Rated 5.0

The tour was the most fun I never expected to have. Our guide might have been named Chris? And he was the most personable gentleman, full of charisma and anecdotes about the house - past and present. And the current feline residents make me want to come back. Such a unique thing to do! I've got such great stories from my visit at the house and to me that's a sure sign it was something good to do on vacation.

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