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John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

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John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
Main Gate Phone: 561-624-6950

The only state park in Palm Beach County is an "island in time" preserving the lush and diverse subtropical coastal habitats that once covered southeast Florida.

 Exploring nearly two miles of pristine beach and swimming in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic is only the beginning of the fun you can have at the Park. Strolling shaded nature trails, joining a bird or butterfly walk and touring the estuary and Munyon Island by kayak (self-guided or ranger-led) affords visitors a true understanding of "the Real Florida". You might happen onto one of the many special events offerred in the park throughout the year: children's programs, guided snorkeling adventures, recreational skills lessons, MacArthur Under Moonlight concerts, summer day camps, and special holiday celebrations to name just a few.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, nestled on a barrier island, encompasses 325 acres, which includs mangrove fringed estuary, coastal hardwood forests, nearly two miles of beach and shallow near shore reefs.

The park is located in northern Palm Beach County along State Rd. 703 (A1A) on Singer Island. The park is open from 8am until sundown 365 days a year. The entrance fee is $4.00 per vehicle, maximum of 8 people. Park visitors can participate in a variety of recreational activities, including kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, and snorkeling.

 Open daily, the Nature Center offers displays and live animals to enhance your knowledge of the park along with a video and friendly park staff and volunteers to answer your every question. Don't forget to shop in the Nature Center for just the right souvenier, or sunscreen and a beach towel, before you ride the tram back across the estuary to the beach.

Park Guidelines

  • For your safety, please do not feed or attempt to touch any animals.
  • Intoxicants and firearms are prohibited
  • Pets are not allowed on the beach or in the Nature Center. They may be kept on a six-foot hand-held leash in other areas.
  • Fishing is not allowed on the boardwalk
  • There are no beach lifeguard services
  • The park is ADA accessible.
  • Picnic tables and grills are available
  • Pavillions are available for groups.
  • Open 8 am until sunset 365 days a year.
  • Nature Center is open 9 am to 5 pm daily
  • An entrance fee is required

The park's 4,000 square-foot William T. Kirby Nature Center contains aquariums, displays and a video interpreting the barrier island's plant and animal communities. Programs are given to adult and school groups, as well as the general public, on a broad range of natural history subjects.

Other park facilities include two covered picnic pavilions with barbecue grills, a playground and an amphitheatre area that can be rented for special events such as family reunions, birthday parties, and weddings. The playground is located in the north parking area and includes such favorites as swings and a slide.

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