Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory
Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 118525
Seahorse Key is part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. The light station was discontinued in 1915; it now serves as a dormitory for the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory operated by the University of Florida. It is the oldest standing lighthouse on the west coast of Florida.
Height of Focal Plane: 75
Description of Tower: White, hexagonal brick tower on roof of dwelling.
This light is not operational
Integral keeper's house, oil house.
Date Established: 1854
Date Present Tower Built: 1854
Date Deactivated: 1915
Optics: 1854: Fourth order Fresnel lens.
Current Use: Dormitory for the University of Florida Marine Laboratory.University of Florida Marine Laboratory.
Open To Public? No.
The lighthouse station is usually closed to the general public except for two weekends each year -- the second weekend in July and one weekend in October as part of the Cedar Keys Seafood Festival. Tours are offered on these weekends by the Florida Lighthouse Association. Viistors must provide their own boat transportation.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places