Gasparilla Island State Park, Boca Grande

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State Park · Nature / Park
Gasparilla Island State Park is a Florida State Park located south of Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island off Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound. Activities include swimming and fishing along with shelling, picnicking, and viewing the Historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse. Visitors can also enjoy snorkeling, and nature study.

Among the wildlife of the park are West Indian manatee, gopher tortoise, bald eagle, osprey, least tern, royal tern, Sandwich tern, and black skimmer.

The park admission fee is $3.00 per vehicle or golf cart, $2.00 per pedestrian or bicycle, and a donation of $2.00 is requested for the lighthouse.

Amenities include four parking lots, two picnic areas with covered tables, beaches, and Historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse on the southern end of the island. The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse contains a museum and gift shop, and is run by the Barrier Island Park Society, a nonprofit that supports the Gasparilla Island State Park. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year-round. The lighthouse is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday–Saturday, and noon to 4:00 pm on Sundays; hours change off season; call for hours during the summer.
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  • We went on a cloudy mid week day and it was awesome! There is a toll bridge cost of $6 and $3 to enter the park but well worth it for a day trip visit! Several parking areas, 2 lighthouses, showers...  more »
  • We stopped on a Sunday afternoon at the beach. The beach was fairly quiet so social distancing was no problem. We easily found parking and strolled the beach. It's great place for a quiet walk...  more »
  • Wow! Many free and some pay access locations to a beach that almost no one is at. Almost don't want to do this review on the chance too many will make it a destination. If ya want your own space, this is the place. Not sure if it's canine approved but there were several there.
  • Great place! Sweet old lighthouse and great shore fishing when the tides coming in. This is a must visit for anyone in the area. True Florida coast beauty! Where man and nature meet🤙🏻 It costs little to visit and it's very well maintained. Also saw manatees cruzeing the shore line when I visited! ✌️

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