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North Peninsula State Park

 Activities at North Peninsula State Park

Beaches

Beaches

Swimming, sunbathing, and shelling are popular activities along the park's 2.5 miles of beach.

Birding

Birding

North Peninsula State Park is located on  The Great Florida Birding Trail. Our park plays host to many different species of birds. Many shorebirds, such as laughing gulls, ringbilled gulls, least terns, and royal terns, to name a few, are found resting on our beach and feeding in the tides. Water birds such as the great blue heron, tricolor heron, great egret, and yellow-crowned night heron stalk the shallows of the salt marsh and intercoastal waterway. Osprey can be seen high above the water perched on platforms or in trees feeding on a freshly caught mullet. The interior of the park plays host to different kinds of warblers, cardinals, robins, sapsuckers, and woodpeckers, to name a few.

Fishing

Fishing

Our beach offers excellent surf fishing, while fishermen can also bank fish on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Whether cycling down the bike path along State Road A1A or hiking the two-mile Coastal Strand Trail, visitors have the opportunity to see a number of rare and protected species, such as the gopher tortoise or the Eastern indigo snake.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

The park has several interpretive exhibits located at the beach side Highbridge parking area and one at Smith Creek parking lot.

Pets

Pets

Pets are not allowed in any park building or on the beach. Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Tethered pets must not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property.  Failure to adhere to these rules may result in the visitor being asked to leave the park.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Picnicking is available at Smith Creek Landing.

Recycling

Recycling

North Peninsula State Park offers recycling for plastic, glass, aluminum for park visitors. The recycling station is located next to the the day use beach parking area and in Smith Creek parking lot on Highbridge Road.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are available in our picnic area.

Shelling

Shelling

North Peninsula State Park is a great place to beach comb! Look for shells, sea beans and more along the parks beautiful sandy beach!

Surfing

Surfing

A popular past time in the area, surfing is fun and exciting way to pass your time. Feel free to test your skills in the waves and swells of the Atlantic Ocean. There is no lifeguard on duty, however, the beach is patrolled regularly by our park staff. Come out and ride some waves today!

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming, sunbathing and shelling are popular activities along the park's 2.5 miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Bring your surfboard.

Tours

Tours

The park staff and visitor service provider offer a wide variety of programs and activities that are sure to entice the adventurous side of you. Join us for programs that will immerse you into the "wildside" of the park. Inspire your imagination by joining us for an upcoming program. Contact the park today for more information on upcoming programs, events, and projects.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at the park. The park is on the "Atlantic Fly Way". The park is home to the endangered Florida Scrub Jays. Also pelicans, ospreys, and a wide variety of shorebirds can be spotted. The protected Florida Gopher Tortoise and the whitetail deer can be seen, as well as the elusive Florida bobcat.