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. 

Kayakers paddle toward the camera.

Things to Do

Whether you're at the park for a couple hours or a couple of weeks, there are activities for everyone.

Sunrise over a white sand beach.

Places to Go

Visit and explore twelve unique areas full of history, wild places, and recreational opportunities.

Sunsets behind a dune on a white sand beach.

Basic Information

Operating hours, entrance fees, permits, reservations, and more.

A man dressed as a Civil War soldier stands next to a cannon inside a masonry fort.

Learn About the Park

Learn about the history, culture, plants, animals, and ecosystems that make Gulf Islands special.

A large white ferry ships sits just off shore from a large masonry fort.

Pensacola Bay Cruises

Head to Fort Pickens or explore the bay on Pensacola Bay Cruises. Ships run seasonally from March through October.

Visitors walk toward the camera down the dock at West Ship Island.

West Ship Island Ferry

Passenger ferry service is available seasonally from mid-March through October.

An electric tram with two cars drives in front of a white sand beach.

Summer Services at the Fort Pickens Area

Seasonal snack bars and tram services are open during the summer.

Last updated: June 13, 2019

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1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563


(850) 934-2600

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