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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: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

Count on spending $6 to go across a bridge and $3 (on the honor system) to get in the state park. To get thru the the various small rooms in the light house should take no longer than 20 minutes to read about the history of the island, the lighthouse and nearby area. Plenty of shells on the beach - especially if you head left on beach (when viewing the water). Lighthouse doesn't open until Noon on Sundays.

Thank njwestern
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

This was an excellent place to visit. It provided you with lots of great information on the lighthouse. The beach near the lighthouse was also excellent and we enjoyed seeing the sunset in this area.

1  Thank May S
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

The lighthouse itself is a beautiful building and deserves at least a photo! The museum is well done and gives information about early life on the island. Apparently, a truly integrated society! The beach surrounding the lighthouse is beautiful and is a good place to go shelling. A must visit when on Gasparilla!

1  Thank happytraveler34109
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

It is a nice, well presented museum at the Lighthouse. There were hands-on exhibits for the children and adults who think they are children. The gift shop is very good. The proceeds go to support the museum. It had very nice items, many by local artists. The staff is very friendly. The gift shop is a must.

1  Thank OlderCodger
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is a preserved light house from the glory years at Boca Grande. It has a nice history of the area and development over the years. It is at the very Southern end of Gasparilla Island.

1  Thank Allen P
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