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John D. MacArthur Beach State Park - North Palm Beach, FL
Pictures and visitor info from a trip to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park located in North Palm Beach, Florida.

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Nature Center Entrance
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Friends of MacArthur

 
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Sea Turtle Aquarium

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located at 10900 Jack Nicklaus Dr. (A1A), North Palm Beach, FL 33408. The staff can be reached by phone at (561) 624-6950.

The park's admission fee is just $5.00 per vehicle with a maximum of eight people. A single occupant vehicle or motorcycles pay $4.00. The cost for pedestrians or bicyclists is $2.00 each.

Like all Florida state parks, John D. MacArthur is open to the public from 8 AM until sunset every day of the year including holidays.

Some of the park's features include a 4,000 square foot nature center, a 1,600 foot boardwalk that goes over Lake Worth Cove, a small amphitheater, a pristine beach, kayak rentals, a gift shop, a passenger tram service, and camping areas.

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Nature Trail Walkway
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Inside Nature Center
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Tropical Fish Aquariums
There are a wide variety of recreational opportunities at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park such as kayaking, camping, fishing (license required), snorkeling, scuba diving, sunbathing, bicycling, running, jogging, bird watching, wildlife viewing, canoeing, picnicking, and surfing.
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Florida King Snake
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Snake Information Sign
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Bright Yellow Fish

The 225 acre park's most commonly seen wildlife includes butterflies, hummingbirds, sea turtles, herons, ibis, osprey, fiddler crabs, roseate spoonbills, brown pelicans, terns, sea gulls and sandpipers. The mix of tropical hammock, coastal hammock and mangrove forest environments on the barrier island create an ideal habitat for an eclectic collection of local species.

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Horseshoe Crab Walking
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Rat Snake
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Rat Snake Information Sign
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Gift Shop Entrance
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Tram Pick Up Point
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John D. MacArthur Statue
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1,600 Foot Boardwalk
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Lake Worth Cove
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Calm Waters For Kayaking
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Palm Beach Condo Buildings
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Boardwalk To Beach
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The sign in the picture below, titled "Revelations of a Rock Reef", lists the marine residents of a Rock Reef. They include Banded Butterflyfish, Bar Jack, Barracuda, Blue Angelfish, Bluehead, Blue Tang, Chub, French Angelfish, Goatfish, Grunt, Guitarfish, Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Lobster, Black Margate, Chain Moray Eel, Nurse Shark, Octopus, Porcupinefish, Porkfish, Rock Beauty, Scorpionfish, Sergeant Major, Silver Porgy, Southern Stingray, Sharptail Eel, Stoplight Parrotfish, Tarpon, Wrasse, and Yellow Stingray.
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Sea Turtle Season = Seaweed
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Rock Reef Creatures

We visited John D. MacArthur Beach State Park during early November which is close to the end of South Florida's sea turtle season. During sea turtle season, early May to late October, Florida's beaches aren't cleared of accumulated seaweed to avoid disturbing any of the sea turtle nests buried in the sand. There were over 1,200 nests at John D. MacArthur Beach Sate Park last season.

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Nature Trail
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Zebra Butterfly
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Red Berries
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Steps To Beach
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Boardwalk Down To Beach
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White Sand & Blue Water

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