MacArthur Beach State Park

Posted by Lori Keroack on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 4:33pm.

MacArthur Beach State Park

Florida State Parks is America's first three time winner of the National Gold Medal Award for achieving excellence in the management of state park systems.  There are 175 state parks in Florida, however, there is only one in Palm Beach County.  Plan a visit to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park to see the "Real Florida".  MacArthur State Park's location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon distinctly sets this park apart from other state parks because it has four well-defined natural communities or habitats for you to explore plus a wide variety of activities suited for everyone.  The four habitats include Maritime Hammock, Estuary, Beach and Dune, and Anastasia Limestone Rock Reef.  There is so much to discover and explore at MacArthur Beach State Park.  

  • Maritime Hammock is a thin, intermittent strip of vegetation behind the beach dune and a mature hammock between A1A and Lake Worth Cove.  There are many tropical trees, temperate trees as well as some invasive exotic plants in this habitat.
  • Estuary is a small cove at the north end of Lake Worth where the water is a mixture of salt and fresh water.  You will find oysters, fiddler crabs, mullets, checkered puffers and manatees in this community.
  • Beach and Dunes of barrier islands protect the mainland because they absorb energy from ocean waves.  The sand dunes and beaches are in constant movement because of the energy that is absorbed from the waves.  The sand of a beach is forever changing.  On the East coast of the United States, sand travels from North to South.
  • Anastasia Limestone Rock Reef was formed more than 125,000 years ago.  The limestone rock reef can be seen from the shore and is an excellent location for avid snorkelers.  Parrotfish, barracuda, damsel fish and loggerhead sea turtles inhabit the reef.    

MacArthur Beach State Park is 438 acres nestled on an Atlantic Ocean front barrier island and it consists of lush and diverse subtropical coastal habitats that once covered southeast Florida.  The park is clearly an environmental treasure and it has been preserved for your enjoyment and that of future generations. MacArthur Beach Park is open 365 days a year from 8 AM to sunset.  There are two miles of pristine beach with a 1,600 foot boardwalk along the most productive estuarine system in Lake Worth Cove. 

MacArthur Beach State Park appeals to everyone because of the diversity of activities that the park offers.  You can swim, fish, snorkel, kayak, hike or picnic.  Amenities include the Welcome Center, Nature Center, Beach Outfitters Gift Shop, children's playground, two nature trails, picnic pavilions, and restrooms.  Take a guided Talk and Walk tour to learn about sea turtles, birds, or butterflies.  Munyon Island is only accessible by boat so why not kayak over there for a glimpse of "Real Florida" flora.  The best time to kayak is close to high tide.  Kayak rentals are available first come, first served from 9 AM to 3 PM in the gift shop.  The gift shop closes at 5 PM every day.  You can also rent dive flags for snorkeling and binoculars for bird watching.  Lockers are available for safe keeping your personal belongings.  Click Park Events for a complete list of activities.  As you can see, it's not hard to keep the kids entertained with a new adventure every time you visit MacArthur Beach State Park.  Come discover this magnificent park for yourself. 



Lori Keroack is the Business Office Manager of Mizner Residential Group. Lori recently moved to Delray Beach from Connecticut. She is enjoying learning about her new home town and the surrounding areas by researching and blogging about various topics that are relevant to the area.

- Lori Keroack, Business Office Manager - Mizner Residential Group

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