Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum

Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum

Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum
4.5
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Port Boca Grande Lighthouse sits at the Southern tip of Gasparilla Island in Gasparilla Island State Park. The oldest structure on the island was built in 1890 and saw five Lighthouse Keepers and their families make this harbor-style dwelling home. The Light marks the entrance to Boca Grande Pass and is still an active aid to navigation. It currently houses a lovely history and nature museum and gift shop operated and maintained by Barrier Island Parks Society. Our mission is to Inspire, Educate, and Preserve. While there is no admission fee, it is operated on donations. Your donation at the front door and/or your purchase at the gift shop, keeps the Lighthouse Museum open to the public and provides for many educational programs throughout the four local barrier island state parks; Gasparilla Island State Park, Cayo Costa State Park, Don Pedro Island State Park and Stump Pass Beach State Park.
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redsnut1355
Baltimore, MD200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
My wife and I were in the area. I am a big lighthouse enthusiast and so we traveled to Gasparilla Island to see the lighthouse. It is located at the end of the island. The museum is great with lots of history on the area and the lighthouses there. They have a nice small gift shop. I really enjoyed being to visit the lighthouse and took lots of pictures
Written September 15, 2021
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Thank you for visiting us at the lighthouse museum. We are a non-profit organization that operates and manages the lighthouse and we operate on donations. We strive to educate our visitors not only on our lighthouse history, but local island history as well. We hope to open the lantern room in November, 2022 for lighthouse climbs. We hope your visit was enjoyable and that you visit us again. We appreciate your review.
Written August 5, 2022
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Brad M
Naples, FL701 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Rode our bicycles to south end for eh island to explore. Great ride and wonderful beach. The lighthouse itself was closed due to covid but still with the visit to see it and hang out on the beach.
Written December 28, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We hope you are able to visit our lighthouse museum and gift shop the next time you are on the island. We are now open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm.
Written January 27, 2021
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BAR845
Englewood, FL453 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Nice little museum about the island's history and the history of the lighthouse and the keepers. Very well done and laid out. Free admission but donations are appreciated as that is the only funding they receive. The sign at the park entrance said they were open but didn't open for awhile. 11:00 am. So check times to view. Kind of difficult to get to the entrance. Nice collection of shells from a former lighthouse keeper's daughter. Small gift shop that has some nice items for sale. Well worth a look. 1/2 to an hour to look through the exhibit.
Written December 29, 2021
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Thank you for visiting us at the museum. We are a non-profit organization that operates and manages the lighthouse and we operate on donations. We strive to educate our visitors not only on our lighthouse history, but local island history as well. We hope you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your review and hope you visit us again. Our hours vary throughout the year, so it's always good to check social media and/or our website for current operating hours, events, and programs.
Written August 5, 2022
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Marie B
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed both lighthouses on the island. The volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable. The skeletal lighthouse was open the day we visited but the museum light was not. I wish more volunteers were available so we could have climbed both towers.
Written February 27, 2020
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Thank you for visiting our lighthouses. We have specific days of the week when we open the lighthouses to climb. These dates/hours can be found on our website @ Barrier Island Parks Society .org - thank you again for visiting and we hope you enjoyed your visit.
Written February 28, 2020
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Canadian22madison
Brantford, Canada21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I didn't go in the museum because it was closed. I did a walk around the area which was nice. I also walked around the centre of Boca Grande which was very nice. With the amount of money floating around the area I found most people to be down to earth, especially the elderly. Had a fish snack and ice cream. Delicious.
Written March 19, 2020
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Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we had to close effective March 13, 2020. We have a lovely nature and history museum that Barrier Island Parks Society opened in 1999, and a gift shop. We offer lighthouse climbs during season as well as educational programs. We are still closed due to Covid-19, but we hope that you will follow us on facebook and/or visit our website for updates on re-opening and you are able to visit us again.
Written July 7, 2020
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Hobomonty
Punta Gorda, FL310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a great old lighthouse with a depiction of life on the island trough the decades. The view from the porch while having an ice cream was delightful. There were a couple of pieces of outstanding hand crafted earrings that caught my wife's eye. I partiucarly enjoyed studing the understructure of the building while walking the boardwalk to the museum.
Written March 16, 2013
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jtr2010
Forsyth, GA111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
This is a quaint (small) museum that is free (suggested donation of $3/adult) after accessing the park ($6/toll and $3/car). The exhibits cover the native Americans, the Spanish and later settlers, including an interesting story about Ponce de Leon, and more recent history, including the railroad, mining and current uses.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written December 22, 2014
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flcookie37
DeBary FL6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was born and raised on the south end of Boca Grande (South Dock) and spent many nights in the lighthouse with school mates. (McKeithans) As a child I thought it to be the most wonderful place I'd ever seen. Later as a high school junior and senior, I dated one of the young men stationed there in the Coast Guard. I have many fond memories of the lighthouse, and think they have done a great job in preserving it.

I wish something would be done to preserve and maintain the range-light north of the museum. My grandfather helped build that one.

I highly recommend a visit to the lighthouse museum when on the island.

Ardys Bell Clawson
DeBary, FL
Written November 24, 2008
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Tom T
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
If you’re even mildly interested in the history of Boca grande you will be amazed at the amount of information and insight this stop will provide. Plus the volunteers are well informed and interesting. If you want you can even climb the stairs to the top of this historic light house. A great stop.
Written March 1, 2020
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Thank you for visiting our historic lighthouse and museum. We hope you enjoyed your time here. Our lantern room is open to climb on Friday's from 11am to 3pm, November to April. We hope you visit us again soon.
Written March 3, 2020
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Aloha SM
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This lighthouse is free to tour with the $3 parking fee. Very informational and has a small gift shop. You can climb the stairs for $10 per person on Fridays only. We did not climb the stairs.
Written December 31, 2019
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Thank you for visiting the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse. Our lighthouse, museum, and gift shop is operated by a local island non-profit, Barrier Island Parks Society and is not operated by the state park. The state park parking fee of $3 goes to the State of Florida, not the lighthouse. However, we do not charge admission as we operate on donations. Donation boxes are set up in the museum or can be made in the gift shop. Donations and the proceeds from our gift shop go to fund maintenance on this historic structure, educational programs, and also helps us fund supplies and equipment for the state park (keeping monies local). We are so glad that you visited the museum and hope you took away some great information on our local history and nature. Our volunteer docents and program interpreters love what they bring to the museum and we hope you enjoyed that as well. We recently opened the lighthouse to climb to the top to help fund maintenance and repairs on this property. It is $10 per person and $5 children (ages 6-11), which is available during season, from November to April). Thank you again for visiting us. We love sharing what we have here.
Written February 26, 2020
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