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Ready, Set, Go! The Lighthouse Challenge: 5 Lighthouses in 2 Days

Posted by Jody on February 21, 2012

Cape San Blas Light (Photo by Ebyabe/Wikimedia Commons)

Everyone is a winner at this year’s Florida Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge!

How often do we have the opportunity to visit and climb 5 historic lighthouses in 2 days?  That’s just what the St. George Lighthouse Association has in store for April 21-22, 2012, during the second Lighthouse Challenge.  The Florida Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge, scheduled over a Saturday and Sunday, spans nearly 250 miles of the Gulf Coast from Pensacola, Florida to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, south of Tallahassee.

The participating beacons include Pensacola Lighthouse, Cape San Blas Lighthouse, Cape St. George Light, Crooked River Lighthouse, and St. Mark’s Lighthouse. If visiting and climbing all five lighthouses isn’t enough of a reward, there is a souvenir waiting at each lighthouse for anyone taking part in the Lighthouse Challenge.  But wait, there’s more!  If all five lighthouses are visited or climbed within the two day event, Challenge participants receive another “special” souvenir. Extraordinary memories are certain to be made during this fun filled, two day coastal celebration. The souvenirs are just icing on the cake!

According to, “Challenge tickets will be available at any of the participating lighthouses on the days of the event.  Tickets will be priced at $10.00 per person.  Participants must be at least 44 inches in height.    Each ticket comes with one commemorative tote bag (while supplies last) and  one raffle ticket, and entitles participants to visit the five lighthouses at no charge.  There is an additional entry fee at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.”

St. Marks Lighthouse (Photo by Steve Hillebrand, USFWS)

Be sure to check out the St. George Lighthouse Association website for climbing rules, special events, and descriptions of the five participating Lighthouse Challenge towers.

It’s a win-win event! “By holding our second Lighthouse Challenge, we hope to raise awareness about the  lighthouses  in northwest Florida and encourage support for the efforts to preserve these important players in Florida’s maritime history.”

Are you up to the challenge?

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