Gasparilla Island State Park

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Gasparilla Island State Park
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
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Map showing the location of Gasparilla Island State Park
Map showing the location of Gasparilla Island State Park
Location Charlotte and Lee counties, Florida, USA
Nearest city Boca Grande, Florida
Coordinates 26°43′19″N 82°15′40″W / 26.72194°N 82.26111°W / 26.72194; -82.26111Coordinates: 26°43′19″N 82°15′40″W / 26.72194°N 82.26111°W / 26.72194; -82.26111
Established 1983
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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 Light House.

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 Light House contains a museum and gift shop, and is run by the Barrier Island Park Society, a non profit that supports the Gasparilla Island State Park. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year round. The Light House is open from 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday - Saturday, and 12:00pm – 4:00pm on Sundays, ours change off season call for hours during the summer.

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