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.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, nestled on a barrier island, encompasses 325 acres, which includes mangrove fringed estuary, coastal hardwood forests, nearly two miles of beach and shallow near shore reefs.
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 souvenir, or sunscreen and a beach towel, before you ride the tram back across the estuary to the beach.
Many special events are offered in the park throughout the year, including 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.