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Sebastian Inlet State Park

Sebastian Inlet State Park sits on an inlet that connects the Indian River Lagoon with the Atlantic Ocean. The park covers over 600 acres and spans both sides of the inlet. Sebastian Inlet State Park has a huge variety of activities and recreational opportunities for its visitors including boating, camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, bicycling, canoeing and kayaking, surfing and more. The park has 3 miles of beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, as well as “The Cove” on the north side of the inlet which is perfect for children. Within the park is a snack/concession stand, a museum, areas for picnicking, as well as showers and rest rooms.

Sebastian Inlet is well known by fisherman and surfers alike. Fish such as snook, redfish, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel can all be caught right from the park’s jetties. Surfing is popular on the north and south sides of the inlet, and several major surfing competitions are held at the park each year.

Here are some more details of all the fun activities Sebastian Inlet State Park offers:

Boating: From Sebastian Inlet State Park, boaters have access to the Indian River Lagoon, the Intercoastal Waterway, the Sebastian River, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Boat ramps are located on both sides of the inlet. On the south side of the inlet, there is a launch facility with four ramps. It is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. There is another boat ramp one mile north of the inlet at the Inlet Marina, and this ramp is only open during Inlet Marina business hours. An additional boat ramp is available for non-motorized boats; this is located at the south side of the inlet at Coconut Point. This ramp is ideal for sailboats, canoes, and kayaks.

In addition to the park’s admission fee, there is a fee of $4.00 plus tax to use the boat ramps.

Camping: Sebastian Inlet State Park offers full-facility camping at its 51 campsites, which have water and electrical hook-ups, a fire ring with grill, and a picnic table. Additional facilities include rest rooms, a dump station, and Wi-Fi near the marina. The tent and RV campground is very popular, so reservations are required.

Fishing: Fishing can be done from the beach, the river, or the inlet jetties, and the boat ramps provide access to offshore fishing and diving. Sebastian Inlet State Park is known for its fantastic Florida fishing, but remember, saltwater fishing licenses are required. The Park’s bait shop can provide basic fishing supplies.

Swimming: Swimming is available at the three miles of ocean beaches, as well as at “The Cove” for those who prefer to play in the water without waves. The Cove is a protected area that is ideal for wading, with a hard bottom and gradual slope. There are no lifeguards on duty at Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Hiking: The mile-long Hammock Trail winds through a coastal, subtropical, palm/oak hammock and along the fringe of the mangroves. Plants are identified with signs explaining the species and its habitat. A 10-km walking trail begins on the north side of the inlet at the Inlet Concession, and continues on the jetty, the beach, around the cove, down part of the nature trail, and partly on the paved walking/biking path.

Because of its wonderful location at the tip of two barrier islands and surrounded by water, wildlife abounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park. Over 180 different species of birds can be viewed throughout the year, sea turtles nest during the summer months, dolphins and manatees are a common sight, and right whales can sometimes be observed in the months of January and February. Raccoons and opossums are commonly seen, and occasionally, bobcats, alligators, and river otters can be observed throughout the park.

Bicycling: A 40-mile long paved, multi-use path runs along A1A, parallel to the Indian River Lagoon. This park runs through the park, as well as to the north and south of the park. There are numerous beach access points along the path, which is enjoyed by recreational bicyclists as well as walkers and joggers.

Three mountain bike paths are located within Sebastian Inlet State Park. These trails are a combination of off-road (note: SANDY) and paved courses. All three trails begin and end at the State Park Inlet Marina.

Canoeing and Kayaking: Canoes and kayaks can be rented from the Inlet Marina, or you can bring your own. There are islands in the Indian River Lagoon which are easily accessed by paddling, and the mangrove-fringed shoreline is also of interest to nature-loving boaters. Canoes and kayaks can be launched from the boat ramp on the south side of the inlet at Coconut Point.

Surfing: Sebastian Inlet is well-known for its surfing, which can be done at the popular spot just north of the inlet, or south of the inlet at Monster Hole.

Snack/Concession Stand: Open from 9am – 5pm.

Museums: The McLarty Treasure Museum is located at the south boundary of the Sebastian Inlet State Park. Set on the site of a survivors’ camp of the wrecked 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet, the museum features artifacts, displays, and an observation deck that overlooks the ocean.

The Sebastian Fishing Museum is devoted to the rich cultural history of Sebastian’s fishing industry, and features a replica of an original fish house and dock, along with a homemade fishing boat, nets, fishing gear, and photos.

Both museums are open from 10am – 4pm, seven days a week, except major holidays. Admission to the Fishing Museum is included with regular park admission, and the Treasure Museum is an additional $2 per person.

Picnic Areas: Picnic areas are available on both the north and south sides of the inlet. The north side picnic area is situated adjacent to the beach, under the shade of numerous palm trees. The south side picnic area overlooks the waters of the Sebastian Inlet. Also available are four waterfront picnic pavilions, which can accommodate up to 60 people each, and can be reserved for full or half day events.

Restroom and Shower Facilities: Numerous restroom facilities with ADA access are located on the north and south sides of the park. Cold outdoor showers are available on the beach access boardwalks and by the Fishing Museum.

Sebastian Inlet State Park Info:

Address: 9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Phone: (321) 984-4852

Hours: The park is open 24 hours/day, 365 days/year

Fees: $8.00 per vehicle with a limit of 2-8 people per vehicle; $4.00 single occupant vehicle; $2.00 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers

***Don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray when visiting Sebastian Inlet State Park***

 

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