Mon, Feb 05|
Grande Reopening at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum!
Time & Location
Feb 05, 2024, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Boca Grande, 880 Belcher Rd, Boca Grande, FL 33921, USA
About the Event
Grande Reopening of Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum February 5, 2024!
The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum, a cherished local landmark and the oldest structure on Gasparilla Island, will reopen to the public on Monday, February 5, 2024. This marks a significant milestone as the museum has been closed since September 2022 due to the destructive impact of Hurricane Ian.
Perched majestically atop iron pilings at the extreme southern end of Gasparilla Island, The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse has served as a guiding light to mariners since its establishment in 1890. The house-dwelling style lighthouse is not only an iconic beacon but also houses a comprehensive museum dedicated to preserving Boca Grande's and Charlotte Harbor’s rich history.
Hurricane Ian struck in September 2022, subjecting the lighthouse to severe structural and water damage. Over the past months, a dedicated restoration effort has been underway to revive this historic gem, ensuring it continues to stand tall as a symbol of resilience and heritage.
Starting Monday, February 5, 2024, the museum will welcome visitors with new operating hours from 11 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Monday and will be closed on Tuesdays.
To celebrate its grand reopening, special incentives await visitors on the inaugural day. Patrons will enjoy a 25% discount on all items in the gift shop, complimentary snacks, and a unique opportunity to climb the Boca Grande Lighthouse. From the lantern room and catwalk of the lighthouse, visitors can revel in breathtaking panoramic views of the entire island, Charlotte Harbor, and Cayo Costa. This reopening event promises not only a glimpse into the past through the museum's exhibits but also a chance to appreciate the beauty of Gasparilla Island from a historic vantage point.
BIPS is delighted to welcome the community and visitors back to the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum after months of restoration following Hurricane Ian. This reopening is a testament to the dedication of our BIPS and Florida State Parks team, the restoration team, Razorback LLC and Wright Construction, and the resilience of this iconic structure.
BIPS invites everyone to join in this momentous occasion and experience the restored beauty of this cultural landmark.
Photo Credit: Our Thanks to Island TV and Island Photo for Boca Grande!