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Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum

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Address: 880 Belcher Rd, Boca Grande, FL 33921
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+1 941-964-0060
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The beautiful Port Boca Grande Lighthouse sits at the Southern most tip of...

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.

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Historic site

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

Reviewed 3 days ago
Charlotte B
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this review

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

Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this review

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! More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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. Lots of action people surfing, Two weddings being performed. Great shelling. Boca Grand is a... More 

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this review

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! More 

The Villages, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 on the walls to read.

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this review

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

Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 review

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

Rochdale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 small (2 person) elevator on site. The view from the top is excellent , wonderful... More 

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this review

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 More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 for the rich and privileged, but don't let that put you off - the island... More 

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this review

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

Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

I have been coming to this area and to the point over 30 years now Lot of history beautiful beaches and fishing 🎣 try and go at least once or twice a year

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Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Be prepared for a long walk over un-even shells to get to museum and then lots of stairs. Elevator is NOT functional. Small gift shop with over-priced items. Museum is only good for history buffs.

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse. Our elevator is currently under maintenance and should be open soon. Our museum houses information from the Calusa, Spanish Explorers, Lighthouse and Boca Grande History to Tarpon fishing, fossils, sea turtles, barrier island life, seashells, mangroves, estuaries and more. Our non-profit organization operates and manages this beautiful lighthouse and museum... More 

Englewood, Florida
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We have visited the lighthouse many times in the past 3 years and enjoy it every time. The history of the railroad and the pass in the museum is fascinating. The view of the Gulf and the pass from the lighthouse is different every time. If you are visiting during the Christmas season, be sure to go to the Lighting... More 

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us here at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum. We hope you enjoyed your visit. Florida Lighthouse Day is coming up Saturday, April 8th. We will have both lighthouses open to climb! One day a year to climb the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and the first day in history that Gasparilla Island Light is open... More 

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