• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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  • Partial Closure on Horn Island

    Small portion of Horn Island, Mississippi, closed to entry due to discovery of asbestos and possible other bio hazards. Click on more for map and press release. More »

  • Shorebirds Nesting Near Roads - 20 mph

    Shorebirds are nesting near roads and cross the road regularly. Observe posted speed limits and be alert for tiny birds on the roads. Last year 155 birds were killed on park roads, help us reduce the mortality rate of these beautiful birds and go slow.

Indoor Activities


Outside of Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center.

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Indoor, hands-on exhibits and a 20-minute orientation film are located at the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center in Gulf Breeze, Fla. and is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30. Call 850-934-2600 for more information. Visitors to the Fort Barrancas Area located on board the Pensacola Naval Air Station can spend time learning about the Civil War in Pensacola.

A ranger points to an exhibit so that   a young visitor can learn about the history of Fort Barrancas.

Park visitors spend time indoors at the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center to learn the significance of the historic fort.

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Visitors can view a 15 minute slide program on the history of Pensacola during the Civil War, look at exhibits on the significance of the Fort Barrancas site, and browse through the Eastern National bookstore. The Visitor Center is open March-October at 9:30 am to 4:45 pm and November-February at 8:30 am to 3:45 pm. Please call 850-455-5167 for more information.


Too hot for outdoor activities? Come inside and cool off while you watch a video! All of our Visitor Centers offer films ranging from fort history to the formation of barrier islands.

Check out our bookstore for a large selection of books, post cards, games, gifts and children's items.

Try the hands-on exhibit at the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

Visitors observe a sand castle on Perdido Key Beach in Florida.

Gulf Islands National Seashore's barrier island habitats, offshore waters, and submerged resources offer a variety of recreational opportunities for people year-round.