Malaquite Visitor Center offers an information desk, small museum, and bookstore/giftshop. It is open year-round from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible with ramps to the main deck and an elevator to the main observation deck. Beach wheelchairs are available at no charge. There is also a handicap accessible observation deck for looking out over the dunes, grasslands, and Gulf of Mexico.
A concession stand with basic items and gifts is located on the right-hand side of the deck.
Restrooms and cold-water rinse showers on the deck remain open throughout the night, but are closed from 7:00-9:00 a.m. each morning for cleaning.
Visitor fees were used to build the new Malaquite Picnic Shelter in the corner of the parking lot of the Malaquite Visitor Center.
The deck at Malaquite features a picnic area with convenient shade structures overhead. Also, on the beach just in front of the visitor center, there are also picnic tables with shade structures overhead.
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