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Recreate Responsibly

Whether seeking wide-open spaces or exploring a historic urban neighborhood, remember to #RecreateResponsibly!

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Alligator and turtle in marsh at Davis Bayou, Mississippi.

General Safety

Gulf Islands National Seashore is a serene place with many forts, beaches, and variety of wildlife and plants. Follow these general tips for a safe visit.

  • Maintain a safe distance from all wildlife and marine life.
  • Do not feed wildlife or marine life.
  • Beware of fire ants, poison ivy and prickly plants.
  • Carry insect repellent, sunscreen, and adequate drinking water.
  • Dispose of fishing gear, including lines properly.
  • Do not walk on dunes, stay on designated boardwalks and trails.
  • No glass bottles/containers allowed on the beaches.
  • Report injured wildlife. Wildlife Reporting Procedures.

Beach & Water Safety

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Boating Safety

Weather your on a motorboat, kayak or paddleboard, follow these rules.

Beach Safety

Swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, the sound or bayou, follow these water rules to stay safe.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Safety
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Safety

For underwater safety, follows these rules.

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Planning for Weather

Weather can be unpredictable. Plan ahead and know inclement weather procedures during your stay.

Fort Barrancas
Fort Barrancas and Spanish Water Battery on Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

Visiting Historic Sites

  • Remain out of closed areas, do not cross barriers.

  • Do not climb historic structures, mounds or cannons. It can cause permanent damage and costly preservation work.

  • Beware of uneven, slippery, and sandy surfaces.

  • Be cautious in stairways without handrails.

  • Do not enter dark areas without a personal flashlight.

Last updated: August 11, 2022

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1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

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