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Gasparilla Island State Park

 Activities at Gasparilla Island State Park

Beaches

Beaches

This beach on the Gulf of Mexico is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and sunbathing. During the winter months, shelling is very popular. Visitors are reminded that the taking of live shells is prohibited.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride on our trails, which meander through our beautiful barrier island. You must furnish your own bikes.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

You must furnish your own canoe or kayak. (More info will be added).

Fishing

Fishing

The Gulf of Mexico beaches provide year-round excellent saltwater fishing in the waters adjacent to the park and in the deep waters of Boca Grande Pass.

Participation Requirements

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Enjoy a leisurely walk on our nature trails, which meander through our beautiful barrier island. Along the way you can see many species of birds, including several rare and endangered, that visit our island in the spring and fall, during their migratory journeys. Some of these species use our island’s natural resources for their nesting activities.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

These programs, given by our rangers, cover a wide variety of topics including the history of the island and interpretation of the natural resources found on the island. (More info will be added)

Pets

Pets

Pets are allowed in this park, however, not on the beaches or in the Boca Grande Lighthouse. They must be well-behaved and kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash at all times. Pets must not be left unattended, nor taken into restroom facilities or onto playground equipment. Service animals are welcome in all areas and buildings of the park, as required by law.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Two picnic areas, with covered tables and restroom facilities, are located in the park, and offer scenic views of the surrounding water.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Bathroom facilities are available and ADA accessible.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving can be done off of the beaches.

Showers, Day Visitors

Showers, Day Visitors

Outdoor fresh water showers/rinses are available for rinsing off after a day at the beach/park.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Snorkel in the pristine, blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You must provide your own equipment.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming and sunbathing are very popular activities and along the gulfside of the island are four parking areas, Range Light, Sea Grape, Dunes, and Seawall, which offer access to our beautiful gulf beaches.

Participation Requirements

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Please come and visit the Lighthouse Museum & Visitor Center. Located in the park is the Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum. Also located in the Lighthouse Parking Area is the restored Amory Memorial Chapel. This chapel was built in the 1950s and served the residents of the dormitories that were located in what is now the Dunes Parking Area. The chapel is available to rent for public and private events.

Weddings

Weddings

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Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Some of the protected animal species that may be seen on the island are the West Indian manatee, gopher tortoise, southern bald eagle, least tern, royal tern, sandwich tern and the American oystercatcher.