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“Very nice museum”

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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed March 11, 2014

We enjoy the local history and charm that you get walking through the lighthouse and reading about the area's past.

Thank Richard G
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Preserved building has history of Gasparillo and Boca Grande in photos and artifacts. Very informative and interesting displays and the beach is very good.

Thank Dwight6790
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

We always go to the Boca Grande Lighthouse when we are in the area to visit family. The exhibit is interesting (lots to read), and the setting is priceless. I've taken countless photographs. The beach wraps around the point, and the shelling is particularly good on the west side of the point, walking north, around the rocks at the north end of the park beach. The Gift Shop is well-stocked, particularly with shell and coral jewelry (I always buy jewelry here because the prices are the lowest in the area ... I've seen the same pieces in stores in town and on the mainland at twice the price). Also, as an added bonus, the South Beach Bar & Grille is around the corner (north of the lighthouse) ... good food right on the beach!

Thank TravelingFiends
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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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