The Light House at Bill Baggs
Let’s dig into the history based around and within this park that many enjoy on a daily basis. It’s a great destination with much more then just a beach to offer. With bike rentals, a nature trail, playgrounds, swimming, water sports rentals, and a sports venue, this historic spot is a true gem and if you haven’t visited it yet, make sure to add it to your bucket list.
The lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is the oldest standing structure in the city, dating back to 1825. As it’s perched on the edge of the island of Key Biscayne, visitors can enjoy so many activities and as well as the enriched history. Guided tours of the lighthouse are offered daily with an $8 per vehicle fee within the hours of 8am to sundown, all year round.
Digging into the history a little more, the southern third of Key Biscayne, including the lighthouse, was bought by the State of Florida in 1966. It established the land as Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, named for the editor of the Miami News, who had urged protection and helped arrange the deal for preservation of the land. The state restored the lighthouse tower, and in 1969 constructed replicas of the keeper's dwellings.
There is so much more to learn about the lighthouse and the park. When you go on the tour, all the history is shared. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and learn all about it. You won’t regret it.
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