Operating Hours & Seasons

America's largest national seashore is composed of thirteen unique areas spanning two states and over 160 miles from east to west. Due to the unique nature and opportunities at each area and island, operating hours vary depending on location and season.

Select a location below to learn more about that area's facilities and hours of operation.

All national seashore facilities are closed New Years, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days.


Plan When To Visit

  • Aerial image of Cat Island
    Cat Island

    The western most island of the national seashore off the coast of Mississippi.

  • Wispy clouds and a blue sky reflect in the still waters of a bayou in the morning.
    Davis Bayou Area

    Explore the marshes and woodland areas of the Mississippi gulf shore.

  • A large masonry fort sits on a hill above a white painted fort.
    Fort Barrancas Area

    Features 60 square miles of land inducted into the Network of Freedom in 2021.

  • A historic cannon sits atop an historic fortification on a barrier island.
    Fort Pickens Area

    Many recreational opportunities, wildlife viewing, and historic sites.

  • White sands and sparse vegetation
    Horn Island

    Wilderness island located off the Mississippi coast and popular for backcountry camping.

  • A sandy path winds through a maritime forest.
    Naval Live Oaks Area

    Over seven miles of hiking trails and access to the calm waters of the sound and bay.

  • A green tree branch frames a white sand path that leads to blue water in the background.
    Okaloosa Area

    Anchoring the national seashore's eastern end on the Santa Rosa Sound.

  • The sun sets of the Gulf of Mexico with a sandy beach and grass covered dunes in the foreground.
    Perdido Key Area

    One of the most beautiful beaches in the United States.

  • An aerial image of Petit Bois Island.
    Petit Bois Island

    A wilderness island in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Mississippi.

  • The sun peaks over white sand dunes.
    Santa Rosa Area

    Excellent recreational opportunities on beautiful white sand beaches.

  • A pier on the beach leads up to a historic fort on a remote island.
    Ship Island

    Located 12 miles off the Mississippi coast featuring a swim beach and historic fort.

  • A digital graphic of islands part of the national seashore.
    West Petit Bois Island

    A small sand island near the Horn Island Pass off the Mississippi coast.

Last updated: August 10, 2022

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1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563



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