Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Cape Florida Lighthouse
At the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area’s southernmost tip, the 1845 brick lighthouse is the oldest structure in Florida...
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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park information
Lonely Planet review
If you don’t make it to the Florida Keys, come to this park for a taste of their unique island ecosystems. The 494-acre space is a tangled clot of tropical fauna and dark mangroves – look for the ‘snorkel’ roots that provide air for half-submerged mangrove trees – all interconnected by sandy trails and wooden boardwalks, and surrounded by miles of pale ocean. A concession shack rents kayaks, bikes, in-line skates, beach chairs and umbrellas.
At the state recreation area’s southernmost tip, the 1845 brick Cape Florida Lighthouse is the oldest structure in Florida (it replaced another lighthouse that was severely damaged in 1836 during the Second Seminole War). Free tours run at 10am and 1pm Monday to Thursday.