John Pennekamp State Park

John Pennekamp State Park
John Pennekamp State Park

Come join us to see the beautiful inner reefs located just offshore at the shallow waters of Pennekamp State Park, also known as The National Marine Sanctuary, which has protected the reefs since 1960. The reefs have a wide abundance of soft and hard corals and many colored tropical fish. A safe and inviting experience you just can’t miss. The reefs average only 6-12 ft. each, so everyone in your family will be able to enjoy this wonderful experience !Picture yourself floating at the surface with a myriad of sea life just below you ! You can see turtles, angelfish, parrotfish, butterfly fish, tangs, wrasses, groupers, and much more.. Don’t forget about the wide variety of corals, such as brain coral, star coral, sea whips, sea fingers, and sea fans. The soft corals actually sway with the sea motions and add a nice touch to the whole experience. You will see the fish as they actually “live” in their eco-system!!

Other Park Features

  • CAMPING: 47 full-facility sites for both tent and RV campers are available. Restrooms and hot showers are easily accessible.
  • FISHING: Fishing is allowed only in designated areas in accordance with Florida law. Saltwater fishing licenses are required. Spearfishing and collecting of tropical fish is prohibited inside the park.
  • SWIMMING: Three areas are designated for swimming, including Canon Beach, which features remnants of an early Spanish shipwreck 100 feet offshore.
  • PICNICKING: Designated areas are located throughout the park. Barbeque grills are provided. No ground fires are permitted.

The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until sunset. All park buildings including the Concession Building and Visitor Center are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.