Searchlight beam lighting up the sky

Searchlight Program

Throughout the early 20th century, powerful beams of light illuminated dark waterways to track ships or targets for night practice. Come see a working 60-inch searchlight in action at Fort Flagler State Park! Learn how the advancement of electricity assisted the Coast Artillery Corps in their mission to protect Puget Sound.

This is a free State Park program, though a Discover Pass is required for parking. There is limited parking in front of the Museum and Park Office; we encourage carpooling. We also recommend bringing a lawn chair or blanket to sit in the grassy field around the searchlight for this 30-minute program. 


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When entering the park, continue straight through the 4-way stop. Fort Flagler's Museum is located directly across from the Park Office. 

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2024 Washington Coast Cleanup

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