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Sebastian Inlet State Park

 Activities at Sebastian Inlet State Park

Beaches

Beaches

Sebastian Inlet State Park has three miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches. There is one mile of beach north of the inlet and two miles south of the inlet. Favorite activities conducted from the beach include surfing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, shelling and sunbathing. Beach wheelchair is available upon request. For information about our beach wheelchair call 321-984-4852.

Bicycling

Bicycling

A multi-use, paved path runs through the park parallel to state road A1A and, in sections, parallel to the Indian River Lagoon. Bicyclists will enjoy this forty mile long path with numerous beach access points.
Three mountain bicycle trails are located within the park. Florida is known for its flatland, and the term "mountain bike trail" is used where sandy and swampy flatland challenge the off-road cyclist. The three trails are a combination of off-road and paved courses. All three trails begin and end at the State Park Inlet Marina. Check with Inlet Marina staff before venturing out on any trail.

Birding

Birding

The Pelican Island Audubon Society has completed a video on a birding field trip to Sebastian Inlet State Park.  You can view the video HERE.

 

 

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

Boat launch ramps are available on both sides of Sebastian Inlet. The main boat launch facility with 4 boat ramps is located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. It is open 24-hours, everyday. A mile north of Sebastian Inlet, the Inlet Marina boat ramp is open only during Inlet Marina business hours. Ramp docks are ADA accessible.

A non-motorized boat launch is located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet at Coconut Point. Canoes, kayaks and sailboats are easily launched from this sandy, gentle sloping area. 

The boat ramp fee is $4.00 + tax.  This is in addition to the Admission Fee.

Boating

Boating

Boat ramps are located on both sides of Sebastian Inlet State Park. Boaters have access to the brackish waters of the Indian River Lagoon, the Intracoastal Waterway, the freshwater of the Sebastian River, and to the salty water of the Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf Stream is located about 25 to 30 miles east of Sebastian Inlet.

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

The central location of Sebastian Inlet's tent and RV campground makes it a popular camping spot. It is a mere stone's throw from the inlet and a short stroll from the beach. All 51 campsites have water and electrical hook-ups, a fire ring with grill and a picnic table. ADA accessible sites are available. Also available are restroom facilities (ADA accessible), a dump station, and a Wi-Fi hotspot near the marina. Beach wheelchairs are available at no charge. Well behaved pets are allowed in the campground, but are prohibited on the beach.

Sebastian Inlet State Park also offers the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library of picture books for campers ages four to nine. Ask at the South Ranger Station to find out how to check out a book from their Lending Library.

Maximum RV length = 40 ft.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Camping, Primitive

Camping, Primitive

Sebastian Inlet now has primitive camping!  Call 321-724-5424 for information and reservations. 

Although most of the sites are walk in/carry in sites, there are a couple that can accommodate a vehicle drive up & drop off.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoes and kayaks can be paddled to islands and along the mangrove fringed shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon.  Rentals are available from Inlet Marina.

Concession & Restaurant

Concession & Restaurant

The concession/restaurant/gift shop and bait shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Visit their website at  Inlet Marina.

Fishing

Fishing

Sebastian Inlet and the surrounding waters provide fantastic Florida fishing for beach, river, and inlet anglers. Impressive catches are often made from the two jetties extending into the Atlantic Ocean. Both jetties and bridge catwalks are A.D.A. accessible. Boat launch facilities provide access to nearby offshore fishing and diving. Information on fishing regulations is available at both entrance stations.  Spear fishing is prohibited.  Salt water fishing licenses may be obtained at all county tax collectors’ offices, online at MYFWC.com/License, or by telephone by dialing toll free, 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356).

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

For a relaxing stroll, take a walk down the Hammock Trail. This mile long nature trail meanders under the shade of a coastal, sub-tropical, palm/oak hammock and along the fringe of the mangroves. Plant identification signs tell about many of the unique species in this habitat.  Here's a wonderful map of our trails.

Museum

Museum

The Sebastian Inlet Tasty Treasures cookbook has arrived. It is on sale in the McLarty Treasure Museum gift shop, but should also be available in the Fishing Museum gift shop shortly. The cookbook looks absolutely amazing and has recipes from many of our staff members and volunteers. Copies sell for $10.00 each and help support the Sebastian Inlet State Park with projects and improvements. Volunteers receive a 15% discount. Please stop in and check them out, and help spread the word!

Come and experience why this area has come to be known as the "Treasure Coast." The McLarty Treasure Museum is located at the south boundary of the Sebastian Inlet State Park. Situated on a survivors' camp of the wrecked 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet, the museum features artifacts, displays, and an observation deck that overlooks the ocean. An Arts and Entertainment television production, "The Queen's Jewels and the 1715 Fleet" tells how the ill-fated fleet was returning to Spain when a hurricane struck them off the Florida coast. Still today, salvagers work to recover gold, silver, and the "Queen's jewels"; that were lost to the sea and its sandy shores. The last movie for the day at the McLarty Museum begins at 3:15 p.m.

McLarty Museum Questions and Answers

The Sebastian Fishing Museum is devoted to the rich cultural history of Sebastian's fishing industry. The lives and history of the people who lived in Sebastian were interwoven with fishing and the Indian River Lagoon. The museum commemorates three of Sebastian's early families that operated fish houses: Sembler, Smith, and Judah. Inside you will find a replica of an original fish house and dock. A homemade fishing boat, nets, fishing gear, and photos of fishing in the lagoon are also on display.

Both museums are open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., except major holidays (Christmas, New Years, and Thanksgiving Day). Entry fee for the McLarty Museum is $2 a person. There are no additional fees for the Fishing Museum beyond normal park entry fees.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

Four waterfront picnic pavilions are clustered together on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. Each picnic pavilion can accommodate up to sixty people each and can be reserved for full day or half day events. The picnic pavilion rental time is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations, please call 772-589-9659. Nearby restroom and pavillion have ADA accomodations.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Picnic areas are located on both sides of Sebastian Inlet. The north side picnic area is adjacent to the beach, catching the ocean breeze, under the shade of a hundred palm trees. The picnic areas on the south side of the park overlook the waters of Sebastian Inlet.  Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited.  

Playground

Playground

Children will have fun on a modern playground facility overlooking the Indian River Lagoon. Featuring swings, slides and a big green dinosaur, the playground is located by covered picnic pavilions #1 and #2. For your child's safety please insure that adult supervision is provided at all times.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

We have two bathhouses with ADA access on the north side of the park. We have restrooms with ADA access at the fishing museum, the L-dock and the boat ramp area. There are also two bathhouses with ADA access to toilets and showers in the campground. There is a bathhouse with ADA access in the day-use area. There are also restrooms at the McLarty Museum.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving and snorkeling are permitted in all of the waters of Sebastian Inlet State Park, with the exception of under the Sebastian Inlet Bridge and in the boat channel. Rock reefs stretch for miles starting south of Sebastian Inlet in the nearshore waters. Water visibility is best in the summer months. All divers and snorkelers must be within 100 feet of a dive flag. Spearfishing is prohibited.

Showers, Day Visitors

Showers, Day Visitors

Cold, outdoor showers are available on all the beach access boardwalks and by the Sebastian Fishing Museum.

Surfing

Surfing

Three miles of Atlantic beach offer some of the best surfing on the East Coast. One of the most consistent surf breaks in Florida is Sebastian Inlet's first peak, located next to the north jetty. Another hot surf spot is Monster Hole--located about 1/3 mile off the beach, on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. The contour of the ocean floor rises up and when the surf is big, the waves form long lines, giving a long ride.
 

How's the surf: Surf Guru, Sebastian Inlet

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming opportunities abound along the three miles of Sebastian Inlet State Park's Atlantic Ocean beaches. Beach wheelchair is available upon request. For those who prefer to play in the water but do not like waves, "The Cove" on the north side of Sebastian Inlet is ideal. The Cove is a protected area with a hard bottom and a gentle slope, making it a favorite locale for parents with kids wanting to splash and swim.

There are no lifeguards on duty at Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Sebastian Inlet State Park is a wonderful place to view wildlife. Located on the tip of two barrier islands and surrounded by water, birds flock to Sebastian Inlet State Park. Visitors have a chance to view over 180 species of birds during the course of a year. The Sebastian Inlet State Park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Sebastian Inlet State Park and the surrounding beaches have the largest nesting assemblage of sea turtles in the United States. During June and July visitors have an opportunity to witness nesting loggerhead sea turtles on a ranger-led walk. Reservations for these tours are necessary. Juvenile green sea turtles feed in the seagrass beds of the Indian River Lagoon and can be seen on the reefs off of the McLarty Treasure Museum. In the water surrounding the park Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are commonly seen. Manatees inhabit these waters from March to October. The most endangered whale species in the world is the right whale, with a population of only 300. During the months of January and February, right whales can sometimes be observed traveling close to the coast. Raccoons, opossums, and many other small animals can be routinely observed. Bobcats, alligators, and river otters are occasionally seen.

Wildlife viewing is also at the Marina. We offer private Eco Tours of the Lagoon for a more personal look at the Florida wildlife. The Marina docks are a great location for various bird species, manatee and dolphin viewing year round.