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.

Last updated: January 14, 2020

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1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563


(850) 934-2600

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