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Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum

880 Belcher Rd, Gasparilla Island State Park, Boca Grande, FL 33921
+1 941-964-0060
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Great stop for visitors

Learn about the famous pass and its inhabitants, buy some fun stuff in the shop and watch the... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
TemporaryIslander
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Boca Grande, Florida
Be sure to check summer hours!

Beautiful lighthouse, from the outside at least! I guess I just assumed it would be open on a Tues... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
L3302VYlisah
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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.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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880 Belcher Rd, Gasparilla Island State Park, Boca Grande, FL 33921
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Learn about the famous pass and its inhabitants, buy some fun stuff in the shop and watch the fisherman go out from the porch. An inexpensive stop in an expensive town!

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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Beautiful lighthouse, from the outside at least! I guess I just assumed it would be open on a Tues. so it's my fault for but checking the hours. It's kind of a long drive all the way to the southern tip of the island and...More

Thank L3302VYlisah
PBGLH, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum. We hope you are able to visit us again in the near future. It is a lovely museum filled with local island history, including our lighthouse history, our wonderful and ever-popular, nature room. It houses...More

Reviewed 26 May 2017

The one thing I love when visiting anywhere is to find out why it exists and how it developed. The lighthouse museum does an excellent job explaining the broken railway pontoons that run parallel to the highway on entering the island. The museum isn't large...More

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

Thank you for visiting the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum. Yes, the beach along the Boca Grande pass is a no-swimming area per Gasparilla Island State Park due to dangerous rip currents. However, there are many public beaches located on the Gulf side of...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017

This is a truly beautiful and historic site to visit. It tells so much about the island's history. Beautiful gift shop too.

Thank Charlotte B
BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thank you for visiting the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum. We hope you visit again soon!

Reviewed 19 May 2017

Beautiful spot right at the island tip. Be sure to get a t-shirt! The view from the deck is magnificent, and never boring.

Thank will b
BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thank you for visiting the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum. We do have some of the most beautiful views here on the island. We hope you visit again soon!

Reviewed 17 May 2017

Well worth the visit. Beautiful location. If you like to learn about the history of lighthouses and or areas of FL this is the place to visit. Staff very knowledgeable and helpful. The day we visited there was wind, so the water was churned up....More

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thank you for visiting our wonderful museum here at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse. We are the oldest building on the island and have some of the most beautiful views on the island. We hope you enjoyed your visit and you come back soon!

Reviewed 14 May 2017

The lighthouse museum is located on the second floor of a non traditional light house. There was a docent to give a brief history of Gasparilla Island and she moved from room to room to answer questions. Ten minutes more or less. Lots of visuals...More

Thank Katherine G
BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thank you for visiting - we hope you visit again soon!

Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful lighthouse right on the beach and open to the public in an area that has breath taking views.

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thank you for visiting the historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum. We hope you enjoyed your visit here and visit again with us soon.

Reviewed 4 May 2017

A very comprehensive museum, with lots of pictures on the history of Boca Grande, highlighting when it was an important port and the railway used run the length of the island bringing phosphates. The museum is up two flights of stairs, but there is a...More

Thank David M
BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review and for visiting us here at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum & Gift Shop. We sincerely hope you enjoyed your visit here and that you will come back soon. Follow us on facebook at: Barrier Island Parks Society

Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

This excellent little museum provides an excellent insight into the history of this lovely island. The development from a phosphate outlet via a railway line and pier, changed to become a tourist magnet, with high end hotels and restaurants. The island is now the base...More

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Thank you for your review. We hope you enjoyed your visit and you visit again soon!

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Diane R
15 April 2017|
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There are 15 steps from ground level up to the lighthouse porch. There is an operating elevator on ground level that will also take you up to the porch. The museum and gift shop are located on porch level. I hope that... More
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