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Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum ...

"Where history and nature open minds.”

Are you looking for a fun, day trip on a beautiful island? Do you enjoy learning about history and nature?

Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum is your perfect day trip destination, where you can explore the past, present and future!

Set inside a state park at the southernmost tip of Gasparilla Island, the lighthouse is the oldest structure on the island,
and has been a beacon to mariners since 1890. The house-dwelling style lighthouse is home to the comprehensive museum that opened in 1999.

Today, it is host to a multitude of activities from educational programs such as "Wading Adventures" to special events such as the "Annual Holiday Lighting of the Lighthouse." The five-room museum located inside the lighthouse was once home to five families of light keepers. Set in chronological order, each room displays a place in local Charlotte Harbor history spanning from 12,000 B.C. to current day.

The museum offers a family-friendly, “please touch” area featuring local bones, fossils and shells.
In addition, our docents conduct customized tours that can be scheduled by phone: (941) 964-0060.

Come visit the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum!

Delight your mind and spirit, and let history and nature take you away.


November 1st thru May 31st:
Monday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12noon to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Major Holidays

June 1st thru October 31st:
(Please see exception below for August schedule)
Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12noon to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Major Holidays

August: Closed entire month for maintenance and repairs

For docent tour information, or to inquire about group, school or customized tours,
please call: (941) 964-0060.


Museum fees: Recommended $3 per person; children under 12 free

Please note: The museum receives no state or federal support (no tax dollars).
Your donations make it possible to maintain and operate this historic structure.

Gasparilla Island bridge toll: $6.00 per vehicle

Current bus tolls: Please call Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority at: (941) 697-2271

State Park vehicle parking fees: $3 per vehicle
Please note: State Park vehicle fee is good for same-day entrance to the following parks:
• Cayo Costa
• Don Pedro
• Gasparilla Island
• Stump Pass Beach