John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a fantastic destination for nature lovers. This protected natural estuary and ocean shoreline is home to all types of native and migratory wildlife. An informative welcome center and gift shop provides helpful information, along with basic outdoor supplies and souvenirs. Well-maintained boardwalks and trails provide outstanding access to the unspoiled landscape and waterfronts, including one of the prettiest beaches anywhere. Depending on the season, manatees, dolphins, mullet, snook, rays, and a variety of birds can be sighted at the park.
Kayak rentals allow visitors to paddle through the estuary, traveling underneath Burnt Bridge to explore the Lake Worth Lagoon and Munyon Island. Free land-based kayak lessons are offered on the first Sunday of each month at the welcome center’s amphitheatre (pictured), but reservations are required. Call (561) 624-6950 for details.
Entrance fee is $5 per vehicle (2-8 people), $4 for a single occupant vehicles. The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Kayak rentals are available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (561) 624-6950 or macarthurbeach.org