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John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

 About John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

A boardwalk leads to the beach at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach.


Don Bergeron

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is much more than just a great swimming and snorkeling beach, and the cooler months are an ideal time to experience everything else the park has to offer. Set out on an adventure aboard one of the park’s rental kayaks, or bring your own kayak, paddleboard, or canoe, and explore the park’s shallow and calm estuary. While on the water, keep a sharp lookout for manatee, a common cool weather visitor. Paddle out to Munyon Island for a great picnic location and do a little hiking while you’re there. This is the time of year kayakers regularly see massive schools of mullet cascading across the surface of the water being pursued by large snook, jack crevalle, tarpon, and the occasional dolphin; it’s a thrilling site.

If you’re looking for something a bit more terrestrial, beachcombing, sightseeing, and birding are great reasons to get out on the beach. The northern portion of the park’s beach is a good spot to see more large schools of mullet being harassed by any number of large game fish. In the face of approaching waves you’re likely to see tarpon, bluefish, jack crevalle, and Spanish mackerel as they chase migrating mullet. The higher wave energy this time of year also makes for good shell and sea-glass collecting; also a bit better along the northern portion of the park’s beach.

Of course the Nature Center is a must see, featuring free videos in the theater as well as beautiful aquariums and other interpretive exhibits. While there, you’ll learn all about the park’s natural habitats before setting out on your adventure. Friendly and knowledgeable Nature Center volunteers and staff are always happy to answer questions or provide information about the park’s numerous programs and events. Next door to the Nature Center, the Outfitters Gift Shop and Kayak Rental has all the supplies you’ll need to have a great park adventure.

For more information about the park, programs, events, or volunteer opportunities please visit

Don't forget to check out the most recent issue of the Dune News, the newsletter of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, Inc. Better yet, ask about becoming a member!


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John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach.


  • Volunteer -

    Volunteers help visitors from around the world and school children appreciate the importance of preserving this beautiful place. Currently, we are looking for enthusiastic individuals to be school guides, individuals interested in exotic plant removal, guides to lead our daily nature walks, experienced kayakers to assist with our kayak tours and volunteers to work in our gift shop. Come be a part of our volunteer family and join us for a volunteer orientation. Reservations required. Please call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952. Volunteer brochure.

    Volunteer Opportunities:

    Visitor Services

    • Beach Outfitters Gift Shop: Greet customers, assist with purchases and provide park information.
    • Nature & Welcome Center: Greet visitors, help maintain exhibits, terrariums, and aquariums; you may be trained to assist in the feeding of the reptiles, fish, and invertebrates.
    • Guided Nature Tours: Share your knowledge of South Florida's coastal habitat with local school students; take a group of park visitors on a walk through the park’s various plant communities; or participate in our guided kayak tours.
    • Tram Driving: Enjoy a beautiful day outside, talking with and transporting park visitors across the pedestrian bridge that spans our gorgeous estuary.

    Natural Resources

    • Beach and Estuary Cleanup: Help us keep the environment safe and beautiful for our visitors and wildlife by removing litter from the beach, dunes, and mangroves.
    • Invasive/Exotic Plant Removal: Learn about native and exotic vegetation. Assist park staff in maintaining our very important resource in its natural state.


    • Skilled and Unskilled Construction and Maintenance: From painting buildings to maintaining equipment to constructing sheds and other jobs that allow you to indulge your 'inner contractor' while maintaining the park infrastructure.

    Junior Friends of MacArthur Beach: Note that many teenagers (age 14 and up) volunteer on a regular basis, for special events or as members of the Junior Friends. The Junior Friends is a committee of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, Inc. Members are 6th grade through college/university students whose purpose is to support the park through activity and special event development. Community Service Points are awarded. For more information, please contact
    Janice Kerber at 776-7221 ext. 104 or

  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, Inc.
  • 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive (A1A)
    North Palm Beach, FL 33408

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  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets are not permitted on the beach or at the Visitor Center. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the park,as required by law.