Our family oriented beach is one of the area’s most prized assets. Depending on the season, your beach experience could be highlighted by sightings of dolphins, sea turtles, migratory birds, butterflies and as always a gorgeous sunset. For visitors in wheelchairs, an all-terrain beach wheelchair is available to provide access to beach areas. Please check at the Ranger Station for more information. No alcohol, glass, fires, or animals are allowed on the beach.
Visitors to coastal parks are reminded to pay close attention to the colored flags posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach. Double red flags mean absolutely no swimming because of high winds and undertow or rip currents; red indicates rough conditions such as high surf and/or strong currents; yellow means swim with caution and stay close to shore; green means that the waters are safe; purple means that marine pests are present. Please Use Caution! Lifeguards are not provided.
You may enjoy a leisurely ride on the park’s mile long paved road. For your safety, remember persons under the age of 16 years are required by state law to wear a properly fitting bike helmet. To preserve the natural areas of the park, bicycles are limited to roadways and are not permitted on boardwalks. Bike rentals coming soon.
Destin is known as the luckiest fishing village in the world. Visitors wishing to try their luck in the surf may catch popular species such as pompano, red fish, flounder, catfish, whiting, and sometimes cobia. Fishing is prohibited between the boardwalks and fish cleaning stations are not available. Bait & Tackle can be purchased just outside of the park.
The three-quarter mile pet-friendly trail meanders though ancient but still growing and shifting dunes and unique vegetation known as (Coastal Scrub). The trail will provide a beautiful vista of the park from atop one of the dunes. This high dune has developed around the remnants of a bunker built decades ago when the military was using the area. The trail was started by park staff and finished by The Friends of Henderson Beach, the park’s volunteer Friends Group (Citizen Support Organization), funded primarily by the neighboring Wal-Mart. Guided Tours: Available upon request.