Anclote Key

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Today was Florida Lighthouse Day, where a few lighthouses that are not normally open to the public were open for visitors to climb to the top. As was the case with the one I visited on Anclote Key Preserve State Park just off the coast of Tarpon Springs (the sponge capital of the world) near Tampa. So I left for my 5-hour trek across the state early Saturday morning so I could make the 10 am cruise out to the key. Since I arrived a little earlier than expected, I took a nice walk around the historic section and the Tarpon Bayou. I’ve been through this section before but mainly on my bicycle as the Pinellas Trail goes right through here. I then boarded the boat that took me out to the Anclote Key Lighthouse. The view from the top of the lighthouse was amazing, and I also got a chance to walk around and explore the island.