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John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

In the 1970's American businessman and philanthropist John D. MacArthur donated 438 acres of land to the state of Florida so that it might be preserved for generations to come. The land became John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, opened to the public in 1989. In addition to the land, MacArthur's philanthropic foundation donated funds for the development of the park. The landscapes are varied, the wildlife abundant, and the enjoyment and beauty immeasurable.

This enormous park can keep you busy all day. Among the activities available are canoeing and kayaking, hiking, nature trails, swimming, diving, and wildlife viewing. Most spectacular perhaps is the expansive beachfront, with ocean swimming. A 1600-ft boardwalk crosses a lake to the beach, and the walk is well worth it. If you're not up to walking, there is usually a tram available.

The nature trails traverse the vast landscape, including over 120 acres of pristine tropical maritime hammock, one of the largest examples of this habitat. Birds are abundant, as are other native animals. Sea turtles nest and hatch on the beach, too.

The brackish estuaries provide the perfect environment for fish-breeding, as well as kayaking and canoeing. Kayaks are available for rent.

The William T. Kirby Nature Center provides visitors with a glimpse of Florida as it was. You'll find sea turtles, displays, and a theater for showing of an interesting and informative video. Be sure to check out the gift shop!

In addition to all of the nature-based activities, you'll need time to eat. There are pavilions and tables throughout the park, some with grills. The kids can spend the down time on the playground.

The park is open 8AM to sundown every day of the year. Admission is $4 per car (up to eight people).

Approximate price: $4.00 per person

Location:

10900 SR 703
North Palm Beach FL 33408
561-624-6952
438 acres

Web site:

www.macarthurbeach.org/home.html


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