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. 

Blue-green waves crash against the white sand beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Plan Your Visit

Recreation, exploration, and can do it all at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

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.

The sun sets behind the Fort Pickens Area entrance sign.

Places to Go

There are 12 unique places to visit and explore at Gulf Islands National Seashore

A brick fort at dusk, a cannon sits atop the walls

Fort Pickens Self-guiding Tour

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Historic image of soldiers moving a cannon across the drawbridge at Fort Barrancas.

Fort Barrancas Self-guiding Tour

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A drawbridge connects the Advance Redoubt to the surrounding land over the dry moat.

Advanced Redoubt Self-guiding Tour

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Last updated: February 22, 2018

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