Head to the Florida Coast with a Vacation in St. Andrews State Park
First opened in 1951 after repairs to Grand Lagoon Bridge made it possible to visit, St. Andrews State Park provides a coastal retreat with some of the best watersports in the state. Characterized by wild forests and sand dunes, you can explore this rugged state park from the comfort of numerous local St. Andrews State Park hotels.
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Best Hiking Trails in St. Andrews State Park
This former military reservation offers several great hiking trails along the coast and lake. Gator Lake Trail passes along the waters of Gator Lake, Heron Pond Trail showcases the Naval stores, and Buttonbush Marsh Overlook offers an observation deck to watch the gators float by. Enjoy the coastal Floridian atmosphere from the comfort of St. Andrews State Park cabins.
Walk this half-mile looped trail and hike over rugged terrain, admiring views of the beautiful Gator Lake and the various birds which nest in the rookery here.
This easy-moderate hike takes you along the coast and features the replica of a turpentine distillery and naval stores for glimpse into historic Panama City Beach.
Follow the boardwalk to reach the observation deck where you can view the various birds which call the Gulf of Mexico home – and if you're lucky you might catch site of an alligator.
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Best Family Activities in St. Andrews State Park
St. Andrews State Park offers plenty of outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, surfing, and even features a playground for kids. Explore what lives beneath the waves, spend the night under the stars, or go Geo-Seeking to find hidden treasures as a family before returning home to St. Andrews State Park cabins.
This peek into the world under the waves has been running since 2001. Swim with dolphins, explore the Gulf of Mexico, and be awed by the sight of grouper and amberjack.
The campsites in this state park are phenomenal as they are located close to restaurants, beaches, and trails.
This state park is an absolute treat for kids full of energy and with an interest in adventure. Florida State has launched an Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour initiative that blends technology with nature exploration. It's an excellent activity to use technology to get out into nature and explore.
Take this eco-tour which offers dolphin sighting and snorkeling trips from the shore. Enjoy the sunset as dolphins swim by, or cruise St. Andrews Bay with a private Sunset Dinner Cruise.
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