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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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Very informative museum

This little museum situated in an old lighthouse at the southern tip of the island has a wonderful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
putnik123
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Interesting to visit

The lighthouse had lots of history to read about. Its location was beautiful and the staff very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sawadee21
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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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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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880 Belcher Rd, Gasparilla Island State Park, Boca Grande, FL 33921
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880 Belcher Rd, Gasparilla Island State Park, Boca Grande, FL 33921
+1 941-964-0060
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This little museum situated in an old lighthouse at the southern tip of the island has a wonderful historical account of the history of the island from indigenous people 10000 years ago through phosphate shipping to the building of the bridge and the transformation of...More

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of our museum nestled in an old lighthouse. We are very proud of our museum and always enjoy hearing reviews from our visitors. It is only through donations (as we receive no state or federal funding) that we are able...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lighthouse had lots of history to read about. Its location was beautiful and the staff very informative.

Thank sawadee21
BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting our beautiful lighthouse museum and gift shop at the south end of Gasparilla Island and for your nice review. We hope you enjoyed your visit and you come back and visit soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here while visiting the area. The staff was very friendly. They did a very nice job explaining the local history. We found the local history very interesting. The setting provides excellent views of the Gulf and they have a few benches to sit...More

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We appreciate you taking the time to review your visit at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum and so glad you were able to stop in while visiting our beautiful island. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 7 October 2017

Whenever I go to a new area, visiting museum is the best way to learn the history of Boca Grande Beach and Boardwalk. Lots of storm damage in the process of repairs. dolphins swim within 3 feet of the edge of water. Nice bathhouse and...More

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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting our lovely museum at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse. We are glad you braved the construction to come in and learn about the history of this beautiful island. We hope you visit again soon!

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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BIPS0060, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum and for your nice review. We hope to see you again!

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

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PBGLH, Manager at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2017

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 willb116
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!

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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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