Attractions of Boca Grande

There are very few tourist attractions on Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande, however stunning State Parks boast beautiful white sands and turquoise waters, rolling fairways line the water`s edge, historic harbors draw fishermen and the streets echo stories of days past. Historic Boca Grande offers the charm of a quaint old Florida beach town.

Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum

Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum

Originally known as the Gasparilla Island Light Station, the Port Boca Grande 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 a comprehensive museum that opened in 1999.
The museum is comprised of five rooms. Three of the rooms are set in chronological order and cover cultural and social history dating from 12,000 B.C. to present. The fourth room, popular for children and adults alike, is the nature room which contains a please touch area featuring local bones, fossils and shells. The fifth room is an ever popular museum gift shop offering an array of souvenirs, local artwork and jewelry. All proceeds from the gift shop and donations to the museum directly support the lighthouse, our local state parks, Gasparilla, Cayo Costa, Don Pedro and Stump Pass, as well as our educational programs.
So delight your mind and spirit, enjoy the beach, enjoy the museum, and let history and nature take you away. Did we mention we have gliding benches on our porch?
Location: 880 Belcher Road, Boca Grande
Phone: (941) 964-0060
Boca Grande Bike Path

Boca Grande Bike Path

Once a railroad bed for hauling phosphate, the Boca Grande Bike Path now forms part of Floridas Rails-to-Tails project and is a scenic escape for bikers, joggers, walkers and golf carts. Enjoy the almost 7 miles of bike path on the island. Dedicated in 1983 this path runs almost the entire length of the island. The paths are geared towards more leisurely rides. Cycling enthusiasts might find it best to ride on the streets. The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association continues to beautify the 35 acres of land that creates this gateway to Boca Grande.
Location: Boca Grande Causeway, FL
Gasparilla Inn & Club

Gasparilla Inn & Club

Walking through The Gasparilla Inn & Club`s sun-bathed, pillared entrance and into the lobby you experience the feeling of Florida as it was meant to be. Guests are instantly embraced by the tranquil civility of a time that once was, and still is, at this classic resort. It is clear that activity and fun abound here, from a championship Pete Dye Golf Course to a 250+ slip marina that is home base for the best tarpon fishing in the world.
The Gasparilla Inn & Club has been a premier destination on Florida`s Gulf Coast since 1913 and is the center of village life on Gasparilla Island. Among its storied amenities are separate golf and beach club memberships, as well as the enduring hospitality of The Inn itself.
Location: 500 Palm Ave, Boca Grande, FL 33921
Phone: (941) 964-4500
Banyan Street

Banyan Street

Take a walk magical Banyan Street in which banyan trees that are more than 80 years old have created a beautiful, shaded canopy just south of the historic village of Boca Grande.
Location: Banyan St, Boca Grande, FL 33921
Gasparilla Maritime Museum

Gasparilla Maritime Museum

Located within the walls of Whidden`s Marina, The Gasparilla Island Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the working waterfront in Boca Grande on the southwest coast of Florida. From the moment you enter, the museum offers many marine artifacts such as gill nets, buoys, a room full of tools used by Sam Whidden, a sperm whale skull and two beautiful mahogany fighting chairs used by Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey and donated by renowned wood boat builder, George Luzier. Historic photographs and albums are available to view. The museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated the the preservation of Boca Grande`s Maritime heritage. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution today from this site. It`s easy and very much appreciated.
Location: 190 1st St E, Boca Grande, FL 33921
Phone: (941) 964-4466
Boca Grande Community Center

Boca Grande Community Center

The Boca Grande Community Center has a well-equipped fitness center open to the public. Located on the corner of First Street and Park Avenue.
Location: 131 First St. Boca Grande, Fl 33921
Phone: 941-964-2564
Johann Fust Community Library

Johann Fust Community Library

The Foundation owns and maintains all of the original library grounds, gardens and buildings as well as the fine collections of artifacts and rare books. Throughout the year the Foundation sponsors many of the events and presentations that take place at the Library. The Lee County Library System now provides the library services. Professional library staff manage the print, audio visual and digital collections. They provide computer assistance, e-clinics, circulation and reference services and also present story time for children. The JF Library Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. Donations are tax deductible.
Location: 1040 West 10th St. Boca Grande 33921
Phone: 941-964-0211
Range Light of Boca Grande

Range Light of Boca Grande

You can now book a climb up the 105` range light to see spectacular views of the entire island. The lighthouse was built in 1881 in by the Phoenix Iron Company of Trenton, N.J. It began service that year just north of Lewes, Delaware as the Delaware Breakwater Rear Range Light. In 1918, as a result of shoreline changes, the lighthouse was decommissioned. In 1919, the supervisor of the Delaware station was notified by the Seventh Lighthouse District in Florida that a tower was needed in Florida. Funding was not available to transport the Lewes lighthouse until 1921, at which time it was disassembled with each part being marked and numbered for easy reassembly. It was then shipped by rail to Miami until funding could be allocated for its reception on Gasparilla Island. In 1927, the lighthouse was reassembled and installed on Gasparilla Island just south of the Town of Boca Grande. The tower was painted white and lit on January 1, 1932. The light was not manned, but continuously maintained by the Keepers of Boca Grande. The lighthouse was of significant importance to commerce in the area during the early part of the century, guiding ships from various parts of the world through the Boca Grande Navigational Channel in to the safety of Charlotte Harbor. The lighthouse is a 105 foot steel skeleton tower and has a cylindrical tower that supports the lantern. It was utilized as a rear range light and the front entrance light sat in the Gulf of Mexico about a mile west of the light. When the two range lights aligned, it would tell the captain it was safe to proceed into the channel. Locals on the island, fondly call Gasparilla Island Light the Rear Range light, although, it now acts as a lighthouse and not a range light. The front entrance light was removed years prior. Today, the lighthouse still stands as an active Aid-to-Navigation.
Location: On the beach about a mile south of town.
Phone: 941-964-0060
Coral Creek Airport

Coral Creek Airport

Coral Creek Airport, FA54, is privately owned and provides its members and guests convenient access to the Boca Grande area. The airport offers limited access for guests. For membership and guest information, please contact Boca Grande Jet Center at (941) 214-3012. The Airport is located in Placida, Florida on the Cape Haze peninsula only 2 miles northeast of beautiful Boca Grande, where you can find world-class tarpon fishing, miles of pristine beaches, Caribbean blue waters, Boca Grande Marina and the historic Gasparilla Inn and Club. The airport is also only minutes from one of the nation`s top golf clubs, Coral Creek Club.
Location: 11901 Gasparilla Rd. Placida, FL 33946
Phone: 941-214-3012
Boca Grande Historical Society

Boca Grande Historical Society

Start here and Discover Historic Boca Grande!

The Boca Grande Historical Society & History Center is committed to enhancing our understanding of the history of Gasparilla Island and its surrounding area. Our goal is to provide personally rewarding opportunities to learn about the remarkable people and events that shaped our past.

Through our various educational activities, the Society seeks to put the present into better perspective by improving our sense of identity and continuity with history’s unfolding panorama. Dedicated to the collection and preservation of memorabilia, BGHS offers its members and the public numerous ways to become involved in researching our local history. Using the resources of grants from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, the Society has obtained oral histories from long time Boca Grande residents to add to our permanent archival collection. A collectible reference volume dedicated to historical vignettes of the past seven editions of our scholarly journal Connections is now available for sale in our History Center, titled Boca Grande: Lives of an Island.
Location: 170 Park Ave.
Phone: 941-964-1600