Immerse yourself in the unique environment of the vast lagoon that separates Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico from the mainland. You’ll be intrigued by the many natural communities and habitats you encounter as you explore the beauty of Big Lagoon State Park. From pine flatwoods to saltwater marshes, a variety of environments await. The park spans over 700 acres, so there’s plenty of space to explore without worrying about crowds.
As is common at Florida state parks, Big Lagoon assesses a small entrance fee per vehicle. This fee varies depending on whether you visit alone or with a group. A reduced entrance fee is available for pedestrians and bicyclists. Separate fees are assessed for boat launches and campsite reservations.
The park offers numerous amenities, including restrooms, picnic pavilions, and an amphitheater. These facilities have a rustic and decidedly non-commercial feel, but they’re clean and well-maintained. You’ll feel comfortable throughout the duration of your stay.
A few of our favorite activities and amenities include the following:
Because Big Lagoon State Park covers such a broad range of habitats, you’re guaranteed to spot a variety of species during your visit. You’re welcome to explore on your own, of course, but you might find a guided tour more rewarding. If so, you’re in luck — the park hosts regular birding hikes. Join the experts as you search for a range of species and learn more about their habitat.
Take in the beauty of the lagoon from a unique perspective. The park’s three-story observation tower offers a mesmerizing view, featuring everything from swamplands to dunes. No matter your plans for your day at the park, a trip to the observation tower should be a key point in your itinerary.
Take in a spectacular view of the constellations, removed from the lights of the city. Big Lagoon State Park partners with the Escambia Amateur Astronomer’s Association to host regular stargazing events. If you attend one of these outings, you’ll enjoy access to telescopes and binoculars. To take part in this activity, you’ll need to enter the park before sunset — after the sun goes down, the front gates are locked.
Geocaching is increasingly popular at Florida state parks. Get in on the trend at Big Lagoon State Park, where you’ll enjoy the thrill of the chase as you seek caches via location coordinates. Big Lagoon State Park is involved in the Operation Recreation GeoTour, which is hosted by Geocaching.com.
Ditch the studio and experience yoga in the great outdoors. Every Saturday morning, Big Lagoon State Park hosts a special yoga session at the amphitheater or on the beach. Bring a yoga mat and stop by the ranger station to determine where the session will be held on the day of your visit.
Big Lagoon State Park is an outdoor wonderland. Set aside a full day to explore this park’s pristine environment. Whether your idea of fun involves hiking, geocaching, or hanging out on the beach, you’ll leave feeling completely rejuvenated — and ready for your return trip.
-Numerous areas of the park are easily accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Those who wish to hang out on the beach are welcome to borrow special beach wheelchairs in the ranger station — free of charge.
-The park’s amphitheater and picnic pavilions are available for rent. The rates are reasonable, especially as your reservation grants you a full day of use. These facilities are popular for family reunions, team building activities, and even weddings.