The Caladesi Discovery Center (CDC) will be an open air, ADA compliant, interpretive facility rising from the old observation tower site at Caladesi Island State Park.

An observation deck at a height of approximately 25 feet above ground level will provide visitors a panoramic view of this undeveloped barrier island.

In addition to offering a magnificent bird’s eye view of the topography and plant communities of one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the CDC will provide hands-on exhibits where park guests will be able to investigate aspects of Caladesi’s history, habitat and wildlife.

At the Caladesi Discovery Center every person will have an opportunity to experience the nature of “Real Florida.”

During 2013 over $200,000 has been earmarked towards a goal of $600,000 for construction of the building. Individual donations are accepted through Friends of the Island Parks.