Beach & Water Safety
Glass bottles and Containers
InsectsUse insect repellent in warmer months or stay inside at dusk or dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Gnats and mosquitoes are plentiful. Beware of ants inside Fort Pickens and biting fire ants throughout the national seashore.
The national seashore has a variety of wildlife. Please maintain a safe distance from all wildlife. Wildlife may become entangled in fishing lines. Please dispose of fishing gear including lines properly. Wildlife injured through natural processes can be common in the wild, however, wildlife injured by human actions or any endangered wildlife in need of assistance should be reported. Link to Injured Wildlife Report Procedures.
Weather conditions can change suddenly throughout the national seashore. Check local weather reports and forecasts before traveling to the park; weather report for Florida and Mississippi. When in the park be prepared to take shelter and have a plan ready in case of inclement weather. Link to park weather page. Link to the park's hurricane page.
Poison ivy grows throughout the national seashore, especially in the wooded areas and along trails. Remember: Leaves of three, let them be, leaves of five, stay alive. Prickly pear cactus has spines that can cause skin irritation. Watch out for plants with spines or spurs.
Visiting Historic Sites Safety
Last updated: June 1, 2018