The Lure of the Islands in the Gulf of Mexico

What is it that entices people to the sea?  Poet John Masefield wrote, “I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.”  Millions of visitors are drawn to the islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the white sandy beaches, the aquamarine waters, a boat ride, a camping spot, a tour of an old fort, or a place to fish. 


Motorhome with American Flag flying in front


Enjoy camping in a developed campground or primitive island camping in Florida and Mississippi.

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Arches at Fort Massachusetts

Historic Places

Gulf Islands protects a number of historic fortifications that represent the nation's coastal defense.

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People and Ranger giving Full Moon Talk

Programs and Events

Enjoy a guided program or fishing, picnicking, boating, birding, swimming, biking, hiking or exploring the historic forts and walking the beach.

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Graphic of the Florida National Parks Centennial Paddle Challenge Patch

Florida National Parks Centennial Paddle Challenge

Paddle through Florida's National Parks to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and earn a one of a kind patch!

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Flooding and Sandy Roads

Temporary Closures

Visit our Temporary Road and Facility Closures page to see up to date information about current park closures.

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