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“Great views and old Florida style”

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 lovely history museum and gift shop operated and maintained by Barrier Island Parks Society. Barrier Island Parks Society's mission is to Explore, Inspire and Preserve. 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 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 State Park and Stump Pass Beach State Park.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed January 1, 2013

A small lighthouse but this is the end of a great bicycle trip(bring the bikes) if you leave from anywhere in town and travel south you can't miss it as it's on the southern end. Even with the crowds, when you look out over the water, it's like you're the only person around.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Beautiful museum and gift shop. Great relics, fossils and seashells. Fantastic history. Free admission but donations accepted. Bought great postcards, seashell and shark teeth guide books.

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Reviewed November 30, 2012

This museum is housed in the attractive Boca Grande lighthouse which is at the end of the scenic Boca Grande Beach. The museum tells the fascinating story of Boca Grande's days as an important port before it became the desirable beach-front residential area that it is today. The museum is not large but it is very interesting and informative and its setting is perfect.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

About 45 minutes to my house you can bring food for bbq and your bike and ride all over town. Fish is nice by the lighthouse be careful the water current is strong. The lighthouse is nice and you can take there tour . Is worth expending a full day with kids.

Thank Bob5by
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We visited the lighthouse museum after a walk on the beach. Nice place to cool down from the sun and learn some history, too. Always nice to have a "little education" for the kids when you are on vacation! Learned some interesting facts, saw some amazing artifacts and chatted with the curators there. They have a little gift shop if you want to pick up little trinkets, too.

Thank tarfam
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