Experiences & Amenities
Starting at the Gasparilla Island Toll Bridge, the island of Gasparilla offers miles of bike trails that end at our beautiful park. This scenic bike trail will take you though the cozy town of Boca Grande, along our main drive of the Island and delivers you at last to the Boca Grande Lighthouse. You must furnish your own bike.
- Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.
Canoeing and kayaking in the Gulf of Mexico near the park is a favorite activity for many. You must furnish your own canoe or kayak.
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.
- All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Enjoy a leisurely walk on our nature trails, which meander through the 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 the island’s natural resources for their nesting activities.
Two picnic areas with covered tables and restroom facilities are located in the park, and offer scenic views of the surrounding water.
Scuba diving can be done off of the beaches. You must provide your own equipment.
Snorkel in the pristine, blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You must provide your own equipment.
Swimming and sunbathing are very popular activities, and along the gulf side of the island are four parking areas, Range Light, Sea Grape, Dunes and Seawall, which offer access to our beautiful gulf beaches.
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.
Gasparilla Island State Park is committed to providing a variety of amenities accessible to all of our visitors.
These amenities include:
- Museum and Visitor Center at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse
- Amory Memorial Chapel
- Picnic facilities with tables and grills
- Interpretive exhibits
- Beach wheelchairs are available for free - inquire at the Park Administrative Office
Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks.
This beach on the Gulf of Mexico is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and sunbathing. Visitors have access to the Gulf at any of our five parking areas. During the winter months, shelling is very popular. Visitors are reminded that the taking of live shells is prohibited.
Park rangers provide a variety of programs covering a wide variety of topics, including the history of the island and interpretation of its natural resources. Check the calendar of events for more information.
Pets are allowed in this park; however, they are not allowed on the beaches or in the Boca Grande Lighthouse. They must be well-behaved and kept on a six-foot, handheld 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.
Restroom facilities are available and are ADA accessible.
Outdoor freshwater showers/rinses are available for rinsing off after a day at the beach/park.
Please visit the Lighthouse Museum and 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.
The 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.