7611 South Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
A barrier island that covers 57,000 acres just South of Daytona Beach, Canaveral National Seashore is one of 10 National Seashores in the United States. Canaveral National Seashore was created by an Act of Congress in 1975 to “preserve and protect the outstanding natural, scenic, scientific, ecologic and historic values of certain lands, shorelines and waters of the State of Florida and to provide for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment of the same.”
Endangered species that call the Canaveral National Seashore home include sea turtles, Southern bald eagles, West Indian Manatees, peregrine falcons, Eastern indigo snakes, wood storks and Florida scrub jays. Sunbathing, swimming, surfing, boating, lagoon and surf fishing, hiking, horseback riding and backcountry camping are among the wide variety of recreational activities at Canaveral National Seashore.
Canaveral National Seashore is divided into Playlinda Beach (Southern section), Klondike Beach (backcountry area) and Apollo Beach (Northern section). Canaveral National Seashore is open daily – hours of operation are 6 AM to 6 PM (winter) and 6 AM to 8 PM (summer).
Admisison to Canaveral National Seashore is $5 per private vehicle (annual passes are available for $35). Individuals arriving by foot or bike are charged $3 per day. Park headquarters are located at 212 South Washington Avenue in Titusville, Florida. Officer hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM (closed on all federal holidays). For more information about Canaveral National Seashore, visit www.nps.gov/cana.
RICH’S TRIVIA: At 24 miles long, Canaveral National Seashore is the longest stretch of undeveloped beach along the East Coast of Florida. Sculptor and painter Doris Marie Leeper (1929-2000) was instrumental in the creation of Canaveral National Seashore in 1975.
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