• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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A laughing gull sits on top of a brown sign with white letters informs the public that pets are not allowed on beaches.
In Florida, pets are not allowed on the beach.
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A man and woman walk their dog on a bright sunny afternoon on the Fort Pickens Road next to the white sand dunes.
Visitors walk their dog on the Fort Pickens Road.
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Florida state laws prohibits pets on beaches for safety reasons. In the Mississippi District pets are not allowed on the federally designated wilderness islands, Horn or Petit Bois Islands or the designated swim beach on West Ship Island. Pets are not allowed in the forts or visitor use facilities such as pavilions.

Visitors may walk their pets on trails, multi-use paths, or on the park roads as long as the animals are on a 6-foot leash or less. For health reasons, owners must clean up after pets.

Please do not leave pets in cars. Inside car temperatures can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with partially opened windows!

Did You Know?

Murray Dorty, an African-American Union Civil War re-enactor, stands at attention inside Fort Massachusetts.

The 2nd Regiment of Louisiana Native Guards trained on Ship Island and became the first black unit on April 9, 1863 on the Gulf Frontier. They met Confederate forces in battle during a raid on Pascagoula, MS.