This State Park located on Florida’s Atlantic coast in North Palm Beach is a subtropical paradise for beach lovers and nature lovers alike. A 1/3 mile boardwalk over an estuary filled with abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing, takes you to the 2 miles of beach on the beautiful blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If you prefer not to walk the 1/3 mile boardwalk to the beach, a tram ride is available.
Nearshore and within swimming distance is a limestone reef that lies in shallow waters and is popular for snorkeling. While snorkeling here one can view, colorful tropical fish, reef squid and schools of tarpon. The area is also a prime nesting site for sea turtles and from early May through late August is prime nesting season for Loggerhead and Green Leatherback turtles.
The beach here is not the only feature at this state park that is extraordinary, as tunnel like winding trails through gumbo limbo, cabbage palm and other subtropical trees makes a prime location to spot fiddler crabs, brown pelicans, osprey, roseate spoonbill and other spectacular Florida coastal wildlife.
Another way to enjoy John D. MacArthur Park is by kayak and kayak rentals are available at the gift shop. Kayakers can visit Munyon Island, an outlying part of the park and also explore Lake Worth Lagoon for more up close viewing of the marine and bird life that is abundant here. In the winter months it is not uncommon to spot a manatee that has come into the warmer waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon.
The park has an informative nature center with aquariums, sea turtle tanks and interactive displays. The staff is also very informative as they are eager to answer questions and point out all the unique features of the park they are so proud of.
The park is open 365 days a year from 8 am until sunset and entrance to the park is $5.00 per car load. Pets are permitted in designated areas only and must be kept on a leash. Located at 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive (A1A) in North Palm Beach. John D. MacArthur Park is more than just a day at the beach, it’s a day of discovery and adventure that just happens to be at a beautiful beach.
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