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Henderson Beach State Recreation Area has one of Florida's greatest natural assets, sugar white sand beaches. Henderson Beach State Recreation Area features more than 6,000 feet of scenic shoreline bordering the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Named for its previous owners, the park was purchased in 1983 from the Henderson family estate for $13.1 million. The first acquisition under the Save Our Coast Program, Henderson Beach State Recreation Area was opened to the public on March 29, 1991.

The Henderson family wanted the land preserved to protect the unique natural features of the area, and provide the public with an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings. Today, the 208-acre park is a habitat for sand pines, scrub oaks, Southern Magnolias, dune rosemary and a variety of wildflowers. Boardwalks are provided to allow park visitors easy access to the beach without damaging the dunes and vegetation.

Wildlife found throughout the park area includes protected sea turtles which nest along the beach and a variety of special shoreline birds. Visitors can spot black skimmers, sanderlings, brown pelicans and laughing gulls.

Recreational activities at Henderson Beach State Recreation Area offer something for the entire family.

Swimming, surf fishing and picnicking are popular pastimes. Visitors wishing to try their luck in the surf may catch popular species such as pompano and whiting. For those who prefer a ready-made lunch, a picnic pavilion is conveniently located nearby.

Bathhouses with outside showers are also provided.

Henderson Beach State Recreation Area is located just east of the city of Destin on U.S.98.

Henderson Beach State Recreation Area
17000 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, Florida 32541
(850) 837-7550

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