Canaveral National Seashore

Central Atlantic Coast, Florida

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Canaveral National Seashore


  • You know it's a good day when your canoe goes on the car!- Canaveral National Seashore
  • Secluded beach on Canaveral National Seashore.- Canaveral National Seashore
  • A picnic area at the nearby Turtle Mound.- Canaveral National Seashore
  • Another beach access point.- Canaveral National Seashore
  • Sea oats help prevent shore erosion.- Canaveral National Seashore
  • One of the many beach access areas at Canaveral National Seashore.- Canaveral National Seashore
  • The Atlantic from beyond the dunes.- Canaveral National Seashore
  • Many boardwalks run above the dunes and out to the Atlantic.- Canaveral National Seashore
  • Tropical vegetation lines the dunes.- Canaveral National Seashore
  • Seashells like this one make up the nearby Turtle Mound.- Canaveral National Seashore
  • This park runs along the Atlantic to the east, and the Indian River to the west.- Canaveral National Seashore
Overview + Weather
Low crowds. Fishing areas. Pet-friendly areas.
Some riverside areas prone to flooding.
Back country camping currently closed due to Irma damages.
Central Atlantic Coast, FL
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Maintained by the National Park Service, the Canaveral National Seashore lies along a barrier island that is framed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River. The area is largely undeveloped, offering visitors a true look at wild and natural Florida coastline.

The park is home to some of Florida's most interesting flora and fauna. Manatees and dolphins will often pass by nearby the shores, and four species of sea turtles frequent both the waters and the beaches during their nesting seasons. Wading birds and many different species of crab can be found along the shoreline and tide pools, darting in and out of the many different species of tropical plants.

A visitor center near the entrance is open for park goers to find information on tours and events, as well as backcountry camping options. A short trip down the park's one road reveals Turtle Mound, an ancient shell mound built by the tribes that used to inhabit the area. Beach access points and picnic areas line the road, ending at a final beach access boardwalk to the east and boat access to the Indian River to the west.

The park's unique location between-waterways makes it a spectacular place to get away from the developed urban areas and enjoy gorgeous views from sunrise to sunset!

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