What’s not to love about this dignified, 80 ft high edifice gracing the skyline over the Apalachee Bay? It’s the 2nd oldest light station in Florida, originally built in 1830, with a giant reflector lens at the top. It would be a rather picturesque place to get married. But for those us, already married, we enjoy just seeing the beautiful area and taking a little walk in nature. In 2018, there was a major renovation of the keeper’s dwelling and lighthouse tower. A replica 4th order Fresnel lens was installed in the tower in 2019, and the lighthouse shines over Apalachee Bay.
The lighthouse is open to visitors the first Friday/Saturday of each month and every Tuesday. ALERT – at the time of this writing it is currently closed due to COVID.
When we have no guests to check in, Thom and I often take a little drive down to the lighthouse just to watch the sunset over the bay. One time, several years ago, he even convinced me to drive down and watch Tropical Storm Debbie roll in across the bay. It was all utterly captivating (and we didn’t care we got soaked), until we realized that the one road down to the lighthouse flooded very easily being so close to sea level, and exceptionally quickly when a storm was rolling in. We made a mad dash back to the gate at the front of the Wildlife Refuge, me holding my tongue until we got back to the main road… Yes, I was terrified and extremely cross all at the same time. Women can use the left, right and middle parts of their brain all at once.
Note to self, romantic sunsets, on a quiet evening at home are exquisite. Heart-thumping, hydroplaning drives across a dirt road back to civilization with a tropical storm in your rear-view mirror, not so much. Don’t do that again…
When you’re planning your trip to Florida’s Capital and wondering what to see, or what to do, add St. Marks Lighthouse to the list. Just a short 30 minute drive south, it’ll be well worth your time – just not when there’s a tropical storm rolling in.
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