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Given Florida's rapid growth and tendency towards commercialization, it's unusual to catch glimpses of its undeveloped splendor. Thankfully, this park preserves a slice of the original, pristine... Read More
Given Florida's rapid growth and tendency towards commercialization, it's unusual to catch glimpses of its undeveloped splendor. Thankfully, this park preserves a slice of the original, pristine beauty that first drew people to its shores. MacArthur Park features both upland and underwater acreage whose characteristics are detailed in the nature center's exhibits and videos. Trails through the landscape provide vistas of local flora and fauna, and beach frontage offers opportunities for swimming (no lifeguards on duty). Fishing is also available, and the area is ideal for quiet strolls along the water. The park is great for kids, so bring the whole family along.
- Daily 8am-7pm
- Walkers/Bikers $1;
Entry Per Vehicle $3 - $4
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: The nature trails at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park are a true respite from the hustle and bustle of shopping malls and crowded beaches.
- Best for Beaches Because: The nature trail and boardwalk to the beach make John D. MacArthur State Park a great spot for families and birders alike.
- Best for Parks Because: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a rustic beachfront park with a nature center and an emphasis on preservation of plants and marine life.