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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
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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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History Buffs Delight

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Englewood, Florida
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Clearwater, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Englewood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great walk before sunset! We had drinks and dinner at South Beach and then took a drink for a walk on the beach!

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Spartansburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice lighthouse that you can go inside of if they are open, has some neat displays ,they also have a live webcam here that you can check out online.

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

Thank you for your review of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum. We are open 7 days a week thru May 31st. Our hours are Monday thru Saturday 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from Noon to 4pm. SUMMER HOURS: June 1 - October 31 CLOSED Monday's & Tuesday AUGUST CLOSURE: We are closed for the entire month of... More 

Flat Rock, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lighthouse and museum are very neat. We found parking to be in short supply but a value at $3-if you can find a spot- short walk to the beach but the tides were terrible the day we visited so we did not enter the water- flags stating no entry were present

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

Thank you for your review of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum (operated by Barrier Island Parks Society). Museum/Gift Shop are open Mon-Sat 10-4 & Sun 12-4. Florida Park Service is located next door to the Lighthouse and are open Mon-Fri from 8-5.. No Swimming Flag is up year around as the Boca Grande Pass is too dangerous and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is an elevator for those who find the steps difficult. Great displays, gift choices, views of the water and a wild huge iguana. Donation $3

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

We hope you enjoyed your visit to the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum and hope you found a special gift ito remind you of your visit in our unique gift shop. We hope you visit again soon. More 

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loads of local history coupled with sea life facts in this historic lighthouse. There was a docent who shared fantastic information laced with stories of the area. We stayed longer than I thought fascinated with the artifacts, photos and displays in this chocked filled space. Although we climbed the steps to enter the lighthouse there was an elevator that could... More 

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Placida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small but full of history and great little exhibits for kids. Also a very nice gift shop with jewelry, books, t-shirts and lots of educational and fun things for children. Incredible views of the Boca Grande Pass from the wrap around porch.

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you enjoy lighthouses, this one is worth seeing. It's not the typical lighthouse in shape and size, but the museum has a lot of history and the museum has a volunteer who is quite informative and willing to answer questions. The beach near the lighthouse museum is very beautiful. The water is so blue and you don't need to... More 

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

Thank you for your review of your visit to the lighthouse. Barrier Island Parks Society is a non-profit organization that operates and manages the lighthouse as well as supports our four local state parks. While we do not charge an admission fee to the lighthouse museum, we do operate on donations as we receive no federal or state funding, and... More 

Oakdale, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We rented a golf cart and it was an easy drive on paved cart paths. This is a small lighthouse house but there were two gentlemen there supplying an abundance of information and were very willing to answer any questions

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

Thank you for visiting the lighthouse museum and for your review. We are Barrier Island Parks Society and we operate and manage the lighthouse museum and gift shop. In addition to staff, we have many volunteers that volunteer their time throughout our museum and gift shop. We hope you visit us again soon! More 

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