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“Pretty neat info and building”

Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 Museums in Boca Grande
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The beautiful Port Boca Grande Lighthouse sits at the Southern most tip of Gasparilla Island and is located within Gasparilla Island State Park. The oldest building on the island was built in 1890 and saw five Lighthouse Keepers and their families make this beautiful structure home. The Light marks the entrance to Boca Grande Passe and is still an active aid to navigation today. It currently houses a beautiful history museum and gift shop operated and maintained by Barrier Island Parks Society. Barrier Island Parks Society's mission is: Preservation, Education, Conservation, and History. While there is no admission fee, it is operated on donations. Your donation at the front door and/or your purchases at the unique museum gift shop, keeps the Lighthouse open to the public and provides for many educational programs throughout the four local state parks; Gasparilla Island State Park, Cayo Costa State Park, Don Pedro State Park and Stump Pass Beach State Park.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Miami, FL
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Pretty neat info and building”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

First time on gasparilla island. Wanted to visit the museum, while there is no admission fee there is a suggested donation at the door. The museum is nothing spectacular but it is pretty neat to see all the photos of the lighthouse back then. It is now enclosed with a fence (i assume to keep people out when its closed) but there are some great photos of when it was just standing there with nothing around and some of when there was even water underneath it. There are some links to cuban history as well as some tools I supposed used back them.

Definitely worth a visit if you come on the island but I wouldnt come and visit just for the lighthouse.

Visited May 2012
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Exploring Boca Grande, Florida”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

I visited Boca Grande for the first time. I have heard so much about the area! I was not disappointed. This is a day trip to meet with the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce to talk about the the World's Richest Tarpon Festival and downtown festival and art festival on May 17-20. I am excited because this has a separate kids and Ladies Tournament! For more information, http://worldsrichesttarpon.com/ and you can follow them on twitter, @WRTarpon.

Before and after the meeting, I walked and explored! The quaint streets were bustling with people, walking the beaches and town. There is a converted railroad track that is a bike and walk path. Here the best way to get around is via golf carts and bikes. This weekend the storms had kicked up and as a photographer...this is exciting to me! I saw the area in another light. The storm clouds were magnificent and I hit the gulf beaches and the State Park to see the lighthouse. Enjoy my photo essay: Boca Grande Beaches and Lighthouse during a Storm, http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzzGJzg

Visited April 2012
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denver, co
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43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“A long and colorful history...”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

There's a lot of history on the south end of Gasparilla Island, and this museum and lighthouse covers it beautifully! The setting is magnificent - beautiful beach and ocean.. The third Saturday in April every year you can go up into the top of the lighthouse and see the old light and lens - the view is not to be missed!

Visited April 2012
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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

My husband actually went into the museum and liked it but we really loved the beach there & my son saw a 150 pound tarpon being hauled in while watchiing the fishermen there.

Visited April 2012
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Placida, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A Magical Corner of the World”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

Watch the tarpon run and dolphins frolig from the porch, learn about the history of the island, buy wonderful mementos in the gift shop...this is a special place.

Visited April 2012
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