How do you become “Friends” with Singer Island’s Oceanfront State Park?
POSTED ON May 31, 2016 - 5000 North Ocean
At a time when natural areas along south Florida’s coast are becoming even more rare, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park stands out as an “island in time.” Residents who choose to live just minutes away at 5000 North Ocean on Singer Island are certain to appreciate this natural neighbor as a true environmental treasure.
The Park preserves the natural heritage of the subtropical coastal habitat that encompasses more than 438 acres between Singer Island and the Village of Lost Tree to the north. More than 22 species of animals that have been designated as endangered or threatened make their home in the variety of landscapes that include mangrove hammocks, tropical estuaries, beach dunes and the Anastasia Limestone Rock Reef that stretches along the 1.6 miles of beach within the park’s boundary.
The reef is visible from the shoreline and can easily be reached with a mask and snokel. Swimming, exploring and fishing along the pristine beach are only the beginning of the fun. Other amenities include the Nature & Welcome Center, Beach Outfitters Gift Shop, Kayak Rentals, nature trails, picnicking facilities and children’s playground for when the grandkids come to visit.
A host of special events are offered in the Park throughout the year including sea turtle walks, guided eco-tours, recreational skills lessons, MacArthur Under Moonlight concerts, Summer Camps and Blue Grass concerts. It’s no wonder the Park was awarded the “Bravo Badge” by Trip Advisor due to the “excellent” rating received by visitors from around the world.
“The Friends of Mac Arthur Beach State Park” was formed in 1990 as a citizens support organization. Their mission has been to provide supplemental resources to preserve, restore and interpret the natural and cultural assets of the park for future generations. The organization has grown from a small group of concerned individuals to a force of over 3,000 members. The Friends have been continually recognized with accolades and awards for their remarkable achievements.
For more information on how to become “Friends” of the John D. MacArthur State Park, click here.