St. Marks Lighthouse

Vision:The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will preserve the historic St. Marks Light Station for future generations to visit and enjoy, and educate visitors about its important history and legacy of the keepers who tended the light.

St. Marks Lighthouse Open for Tours

With Phase II of the renovations completed, the St. Marks Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters will be open to the public for tours each month on the first Friday and following Saturday [check dates], 10 am to 4:00 pm.

St. Marks Lighthouse Keepers Quarters$2.00 per person (age 12 and older), children under 12 free. Tickets are sold at the lighthouse (cash or check only) on the day of the event for specific time slots. Only 15 tickets to the lighthouse are available for each 30-minute time slot. Ticket sales will stop at 3:30 pm.

$5.00 refuge entrance fee must still be paid at the toll booth, honor box or Visitor Center. Federal passes must be shown or displayed in the vehicle for entrance to the refuge.

St. Marks Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters has major historical significance and recently underwent a costly renovation. We ask our visitors to please follow the following guidelines while taking the tour:

  • Leave pets outside
  • No food or drink while on the tour
  • No wet shoes, bare feet, or wet clothing
  • Refrain from handling or removing any display items
  • Climbing tower is prohibited

Special Tours Available

The Refuge recognizes that this building is a resource of interest to the community. We offer special tours, consistent with our mission and purpose, for groups of 15 or more visitors. Read the tour policy here.

Volunteer Interpreter Training

The St. Marks Lighthouse tours are run by trained volunteer interpreters. We are continually looking for new volunteers. Training sessions are offered periodically. Each session is 3 hours and takes place in the keeper's quarters. If you think you may be interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Ranger Connie Clineman at

Bring the Past to Light

Help us fulfill our dream to Bring the Past to Light. The historic Fresnel lens on display in the refuge visitor center was in the lighthouse tower for 147 years. We have a new replica lens in the tower so the Historic St. Marks Lighthouse will once again shine as a beacon for the community. If you would like to help re-light the light, please contribute to the Lighthouse Lens Fund by donating online (scroll down to the "Lighthouse") or by mail to Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, PO Box 368, St. Marks, FL 32355. Please indicate "Lighthouse lens fund" on your check.

Thank you for your support!

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