DescriptionStretching west 160 miles from Fort Walton Beach to Cat Island off Gulfport, Miss., Gulf Islands National Seashore covers more than 135,000 acres, 80 percent of which are submerged lands. Most of Florida's portion is accessible by car and includes Naval Live Oaks Reservation; part of Perdido Key; Fort Barrancas and the Advanced Redoubt on the Naval Air Station Pensacola; the Okaloosa area near Fort Walton Beach; and portions of Santa Rosa Island including the Fort Pickens area.
Guided tours of Fort Barrancas are offered daily and tours of the restored Advanced Redoubt are offered Saturdays. A visitor center at Naval Live Oaks Reservation features an orientation film and exhibits.
Recreation opportunities include biking, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming and snorkeling. Contact the park for snorkeling regulations. The area is also a good bird-watching site. For further information contact Gulf Islands National Seashore, 1801 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze, FL 32563; phone (850) 934-2600.
Things to SeeFort Pickens Visitor Center