Experiences & Amenities
North Peninsula State Park is located on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife 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.
Our beach offers excellent surf fishing, while fishermen can also bank fish on the Intracoastal Waterway.
- All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
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.
North Peninsula State Park’s Smith Creek Landing has accessible picnic tables and an accessible overlook of the creek for visitors to enjoy the beautiful natural environment. Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited.
North Peninsula State Park is a great place to beach comb! Look for shells, sea beans and more along the park's beautiful sandy beach!
A popular past time in the area, surfing is a 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, sunbathing and shelling are popular activities along the park's 2.5 miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Bring your surfboard.
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 is possible at the park. The park is on the "Atlantic Fly Way." The park is home to the endangered Florida scrub-jay. Also pelicans, ospreys and a wide variety of shorebirds can be spotted. The protected gopher tortoise and the whitetail deer can be seen, as well as the elusive Florida bobcat.
North Peninsula State Park is committed to providing accessible amenities to all visitors. Those amenities include:
- An accessible boardwalk to the beach
- Accessible picnic tables
- An accessible creek overlook
North Peninsula State Park boasts more than two miles of stunning beach. We invite you to come relax and enjoy the beautiful ambience of the blue ocean, white foam and orange sand. Visitors can access our beach via several boardwalks including an accessible ramp to the beach. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing, sand sculpting, shelling, swimming, surfing, fishing and wildlife viewing.
The park has several interpretive exhibits located at the beach side Highbridge parking area and one at Smith Creek parking lot.
Pets are welcome at North Peninsula State Park but 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.
- Service animals are allowed in all areas of the park.
Accessible restroom facilities are available in our picnic area.