As the name suggests, lagoons are the centerpiece of Big Lagoon State Park, but only one is THE Big Lagoon, a mirror-smooth expanse of saltwater trapped behind dunes within sight and sound of the surf of the Gulf of Mexico. Best seen from the top of the tall observation tower, it attracts flocks of skimmers and ducks as well as anglers fishing the flats.
Fees: $4-6 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome except on beaches
But this 655-acre park has much more to offer than water (which you can swim in, fish, or paddle through the chain of lagoons). It’s a flyover spot for migratory birds and home to desert-like coastal scrub forest atop sugar-white dunes. Experience it all from the campground, the hub of activity in this popular park.
Explore the park
- Big Lagoon Hiking Trails - Near Perdido Key, Big Lagoon State Park is best known for its (really big) lagoon, but the scenic trail system through the scrub is a delight for hardy hikers, involving much trekking through soft white sand.