If you go on Sunday, there is less traffic and the drive will be more enjoyable. Its eleven miles to the lighthouse from Interstate 95 and the view is picturesque. Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum has been designated a National Historic Landmark since 1998. Check their website for admission times so you will have plenty of time to visit all of the buildings and where you can print a 10 percent coupon.
The lighthouse was originally called Mosquito (Inlet) Lighthouse. In 1927, the Florida Legislature changed the name to Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum to honor Ponce de Leon for all his contributions to the State of Florida. Jesse Linzy was an African American who was a skilled concrete worker that helped build the lighthouse. A plaque is dedicated in his honor.
The main entrance building is where you purchase tickets and houses the gift shop. Nine buildings are part of the campus and each building has plaques that gives people a detailed history of everyday life for the families that lived there.
An employee told me that when you reach the top you could see for 19 miles. If you have a boat, you can reach the lighthouse from the inlet. There are beautiful gardens and a nature walk.