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Canaveral National Seashore - on Florida's East Coast - 24 mile beach, birding, fishing, wildlife, nature study - National Park Service - Titusville, Florida
Canaveral National Seashore - Titusville Florida
Headquarters: 212 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, FL 32796 -- (321) 267-1110
Information Center: 7611 South Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 -- (386) 428-3384

South District - - Titusville, Florida


CONTACT: Laura Henning at 386-428-3384 • eMail

March, 2017 at Playalinda

Explore the seashore. Walk for fun and exercise. Discover the diversity and beauty of the various plants and animals inhabiting the barrier island. Bring your camera if you wish. Bring water, sunscreen and repellant.
On the 9th meet at Playalinda Beach Eddy Creek Parking Area. On the 30th meet at parking area 3 (1 hour)

Join a park ranger on this beautiful beach and help keep our shorelines trash free. Bring gloves, water and sunscreen. Trash bags will be provided.
Meet at parking area 5. (1 hour)

Join a ranger as you explore this rich and diverse estuary up close. Some experience is required. You must be at least 10 years old and able to paddle. You must wear covered shoes (no sandals or flip-flops). Bring water, sunscreen and a hat. Dress to get wet (sit on top kayaks). Individuals with their own kayaks or canoes are welcome to join in. Reservations begin: one week in advance. Call (321) 403-9334, to reserve a spot and/or kayak (LIMITED KAYAK AVAILABILITY).
Meet at Eddy Creek at 12:45 PM. (2 hours)

Tour the historic home known as Seminole Rest. See the site of two historic houses built on a prehistoric Indian shell mound or midden, components of which date as early as second millennium BC.
Meet at Seminole Rest main house, 210 River Rd., Oak Hill. (30-40 min.)

Join a ranger at the edge of the lagoon. Practice casting and see what may be caught in this area of Mosquito Lagoon. Bring your own cast net or borrow one of ours (limited supply).
Meet at Seminole Rest Dock, 210 River Rd., Oak Hill. (1 hour)

Explore the celestial sky with our area astronomy clubs. Telescopes will be available for viewing stars, planets and more. Dress for the weather. Bring bug repellent, water/snacks, and maybe a lawn chair for your comfort. Flashlights that emit red light, your own telescopes and/or binoculars are welcome. Call 321-403-9334 to reserve. Reservations begin Saturday, March 18th: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and SPACE IS LIMITED.
Meet at the Playalinda Beach entrance gate. (4 hours)

National Park Week
April 15 - 23, 2017

The next set of fee-free days fall on the weekends of National Park Week: April 15-16 and April 22-23. Make plans to get out and enjoy the rich cultural, historical, and natural places preserved for this and future generations!


Park passes may be purchased at our entrance stations. Apollo Beach entrance station is located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Playalinda Beach entrance station is located near Titusville, Florida (Latitude: 28.645167, Longitude: -80.68325). Please call the Apollo Beach visitor center for directions (386) 428-3384 ext. 0.

The national seashore and the wildlife refuge, located midway on Florida's east coast between Daytona Beach and Melbourne, are accessible via U.S. 1, I-95, and Fla 528 (Beach Line Expressway).
      • Playalinda Beach in Titusville, is on Fla 406/402. Playalinda Beach is reached via Fla 402 (also known as Beach Road). From I-95, for the south district (Playalinda), the exit number from I-95 is 220. Go east & follow the signs. (Playalinda Beach Entrance Station: 28.6450, -80.6834)
      • Eddie Creek is between Parking Areas 7 and 8.
      • Vista 1 is 1/4 mile east of Entrance Station. Look for parking lot on left (north) with a sign "V - 1."
      • *Seminole Rest (28.8692, -80.8376) is located in the town of Oak Hill, Florida. Follow US 1 north to the city of Oak Hill and turn right on Halifax Road, go about one mile and Seminole Rest parking lot will be on your right hand side. US 1 South to the City of Oak Hill and turn left on Halifax road, go about one mile and Seminole Rest parking lot will be on the right hand side of the road. The Seminole Rest Eastern National Gift Shop and Book Store is typically open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. The phone number is (386) 428-3384 ext.0. We recommend you call ahead to verify the operating hours on the day you will be visiting.

PLEASE NOTE: all programs are subject to cancellation and/or rescheduling due to staff limitations, weather conditions, or other factors. Some programs require reservations, a minimum age, or a cost recovery fee. Call 321-403-9334 or 386-428-3384 ext. 0 for program information during operating hours (9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Visit our website at Entrance fees apply to all interpretive program participants. All programs meet the requirements for the Canaveral National Seashore Junior Ranger Program.

Canaveral National Seashore/Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Fee Increase
Beginning January 1, 2017 vehicle entrance fees will increase for both seashore and refuge from $5 per vehicle to $10 per vehicle. The Canaveral/Merritt Island Annual Pass will increase from $35 to $40 per calendar year. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (only) Annual Pass will increase from $15 to $25. Visitors with a Refuge only pass or a Federal Duck Hunting Pass may upgrade to include the seashore for $15.
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USA TODAY -- July 8, 2013
10 uncrowded Atlantic beaches for summer
Playalinda Beach, Florida

"Florida's beaches have a well-deserved reputation for being some of the most beautiful in the world, and that means they can get mighty crowded with summer vacation begins. Playalinda, or Pretty Beach, is located on the Canaveral National Seashore just outside of Titusville."

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