9 Best Things to See at Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore is perfect for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. With locations in Florida and Mississippi, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors busy.

Explore this list of incredible things to do at Gulf Islands National Seashore and get ready for an unforgettable coastal adventure!

This national park covers seven islands, barrier islands, and a handful of areas on mainland Mississippi and the Florida panhandle, including beaches, historic forts, and coastal forests.

Where is Gulf Islands National Seashore?

Fort Pickens

A short drive from Pensacola Beach, follow Highway 399, with dunes and shoreline along Santa Rosa Island. This part of the Gulf Islands is named after the historic war fort, Fort Pickens. Visitors can do a self-guided tour of the facility.

Johnson Beach is accessible by vehicle from Perdido Key. The area is well known among the locals of Escambia County for being unspoiled and has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida.

Johnson Beach – Perdido Key

Okaloosa Island

The Okaloosa Island day use recreation area is another beautiful beach that is part of the Gulf Islands. Located off Highway 98, about 3 ½ miles west of Destin, Florida, visitors can soak up the sun with views of both the bay and Gulf of Mexico.

If you're looking for a pit stop on your next Gulf Coast road trip or want to experience some of Mississippi's incredible nature, visit Davis Bayou. Davis Bayou is a great place to hike, fish, camp, and kayak.

Davis Bayou

Beginner kayakers can enjoy the bayou waters close to shore, or experienced kayakers can adventure out to sea for overnight trips to Horn Island, Petit Bois Island, Ship Island, West Petit Bois, and Cat Island.

Offshore Islands

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