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St. Andrews State Park

 Activities at St. Andrews State Park

Beaches

Beaches

The beach consists of over one-and-a-half miles of beautiful white sand with several locations from which to swim or play. There are two different parking areas in which to access the beach areas.

Bicycling

Bicycling

A popular pastime at the park is to take a leisurely ride on the park’s 2 mile paved road. For your safety, remember persons under the age of 16 years are required by law to wear a properly fitting bike helmet. To preserve the natural areas of the park, bicycles are limited to roadways and are not permitted on footpaths, boardwalks or the trail that leads to the beach.

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

The parks boat ramp consists of a double-sided concrete launch that will accommodate the smallest to the largest of water craft.

Boat Launch & Entrance Fees:

$12.00 for one person with a boat.

$16.00 for 2-8 people with a boat.

Boat Tours

Boat Tours

Shuttle boat tours are offered to go from the mainland of the park to Shell Island in spring and summer. Visitors may wish to sun or walk along the shore of this pristine barrier island. Tickets are available at the park concession.

Boating

Boating

Boating opportunities are unlimited at St. Andrews with immediate access to the Gulf of Mexico or even Shell Island.

Campfire Circles

Campfire Circles

Every Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day please join a Ranger at the campfire circle as they offer a very informative program on either park history or wildlife.

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

Two campground loops are situated in the pinewoods near Grand Lagoon. There are 176 camp sites with electricity, water, picnic tables and grills. The sites will accommodate camping units ranging in size from tents to RVs up to 40 feet in length. Dump stations are located in the campground. Five bathrooms with showers and a laundry facility are also available. Trails, beaches, a boat launch and concessions are located a short distance from the campground. Pets are welcome at campsites.

Maximum RV length = 45 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) 433-028.

Camping, Youth

Camping, Youth

Youth camping is available for scouts, faith-based groups and other small non-profit organized groups. The campground accommodates up to 25 people and includes picnic tables, fire ring, a portable toilet and an outside shower. Pets are not allowed in this area. Call the park for reservations at (850) 233-5140.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Kayaks are available during the summer season via the parks camp store located just up from the boat ramp. Opportunities are unlimited from just paddling around Grand Lagoon or across the boat channel to Shell Island.

Concession & Restaurant

Concession & Restaurant

There are three stores in the park that are open during the summer season (March to Labor Day). These stores offers snacks, souvenirs, bait, fishing licenses, limited grocery items, and rental of chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling gear, and kayaks. At this time there is no restaurant available. See Shell Island Shuttle website http://shellislandshuttle.com/

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing opportunities include deep-sea jetty and surf fishing. Two fishing piers and jetties provide excellent vantage points year-round. Catches include Spanish mackerel, red fish, flounder, sea trout, bonito, cobia, dolphin and bluefish. A boat ramp is located on the Grand Lagoon near the fishing pier. A concession offers snacks, souvenirs, bait, limited grocery items and rental of chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling gear, canoes, and kayaks.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

There are two trails in the park to choose from: Heron Pond, and Gator Lake trails. The Heron Pond Trail takes you on a hike through the flatwood pine forest, and past the Turpentine Still. The trail at Gator Lake takes you on a scenic view of Gator Lake

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

The Environmental Interpretive Center houses a park orientation video, topographical map and aerial photograph, plus ecosystem dioramas, including ones on the piney woods, the jetty underwater life and the marshlands. You will also enjoy seeing our butterfly, bird egg and sea shell collections, as well as the exhibit on sea turtle nesting. For history enthusiasts there are several displays that will peak their interest. There is also a saltwater aquarium for your enjoyment. Don't forget to check out the water safety exhibit and information on the beach warning flag system.

Pets

Pets

All pets must be on a 6-foot leash and well behaved at all times. Pets may not be left unattended. Pets that are noisy, vicious, dangerous, or intimidating to other persons, or damage park resources, will be asked to leave the park with their owners. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all droppings in trash receptacles. You may walk your pet in the picnic areas, along the bike trails, and hiking trails. Pets are not allowed on the beach, wetlands, or playground. Guide and Service animals are excluded from the above restrictions.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

There are eight pavilions in the park available on a first come, first-served basis. All pavilions have picnic tables and concrete pads.

Picnicking

Picnicking

There are three picnic areas in the park, Jetties use area, Gulf Pier use area, and at the boat basin. The only picnic area that has grills is at the boat basin.

Playground

Playground

There are two playgrounds within St. Andrews State Park - one at the boat basin and the other in the camping area. Both playgrounds have state-of-the-art equipment and benches for sitting. 

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

This activity is an adventure in either swimming area. The extensive shoreline and rock jetties offer excellent opportunities to study marine life. Equipment is available for rent at any of the concession stores on the property or bring your own.

Showers, Day Visitors

Showers, Day Visitors

Shower facilities for the use of day visitors after a long day at the beach are located at each of the day use parking areas. There are four bathhouses located in the campground area for registered campers use while they stay at the park.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

This activity is an adventure in either swimming area. The extensive shoreline and rock jetties offer excellent opportunities to study marine life. Equipment is available for rent at any of the concession stores on the property or bring your own.

Surfing

Surfing

Good Surfing!

Swimming

Swimming

This activity is one of the most popular things to do while at St. Andrews, with over a mile and a half of beautiful white sandy beaches to swim from. The park not only offers beach access from the mainland, but also offers daily trips to Shell Island where a visitor can enjoy the beach as well. However, trips to Shell Island are limited to seasonal dates only which are from March till Labor Day weekend.

Weddings

Weddings

Wedding days are special at St. Andrews State Park. Call (850) 233-5140 for more information. More wedding information.

Also, please see our flyer weddings at St. Andrews State Park.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The Gator Lake Trail and Overlook provide visitors with a beautiful vantage point for spotting alligators and a variety of waterfowl, wading birds and other small animals. At Button Bush Marsh Overlook, a host of birds can be viewed. Herons and ibis feed along the fertile marsh edge as a variety of waterfowl swim and feed in the depths. Throughout the interior of the park you will see raccoon and white tail deer.