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The park is named after the previous property owner, John D. MacArthur, who wished to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. In the 1970s, after a university study convinced MacArthur that the property was a biological treasure, he donated a section for use as a public park. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation contributed additional funds to help develop the park and Nature Center. Facilities opened to the public in 1989.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park preserves some of the last subtropical coastal habitat in southeast Florida. The park has 317 acres of upland and 120 acres of submerged lands. Within the undeveloped parkland, several endangered or threatened plant and animal species can be found.

A wonderful introduction to the park is found at the 4,000 square foot Nature Center. Visitors will find exhibits, displays and a video interpreting the barrier island's plant and animal communities. Programs are given to adult and school groups, as well as the general public, on a broad range of natural history subjects.

One of the favorite features of the park is the 1,600-foot boardwalk that spans the mangrove estuary, Lake Worth Cove.

Recreation
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities including fishing, picnicking, bird-watching, hiking, swimming, interpretive programs, and snorkeling. The park is open 365 days a year from 8 A.M. to sunset.

Location
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located in northern Palm Beach County along A1A / State Route 703.

Climate
Southern Florida lies within a subtropical climate. It is usually hot and humid in the summer with brief afternoon thundershowers. It is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit with averages reaching above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging above 64 degrees Fahrenheit (above 18 Celsius). The average precipitation for the southeast area is more than 60 inches per year. The powerful rays of the sun make it a good idea to wear hats and sunglasses along with using a SPF-15 (or above) sunscreen when planning outdoor activities.

Address
10900 SR 703 (A1A)
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Phone: 561-624-6950

 
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Away Travel Expert: Sarah White
BeachExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5
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  • The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown every day of the year. Admission is four dollars per vehicle.

Address:
10900 State Rd 703
North Palm Beach, Florida 33408
Parking: Daily 8a-sunset


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 1 561 624 6950 / 1 561 624 6952
Neighborhood: North Palm Beach
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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