Camp Helen is a place where visitors can explore an environment rich in natural and cultural resources.
The park is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and by Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in Florida. This 180-acre park is for day use only. Activities include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking and both freshwater and saltwater fishing.
Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that humans inhabited the area more than 4,000 years ago. From 1945 until 1987 Camp Helen was a company resort for the employees of an Alabama textile mill, known as Avondale Mills. Some of those buildings have now been restored.
Soaking in warm gulf breezes while relaxing on pristine Grayton Beach might be the main attraction, but that’s only one aspect to this gorgeous park.
Grayton Beach consistently ranks among the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the United States. Western Lake offers fishing and paddling, and those who want to explore on foot have four miles of trails to traverse through a coastal forest where scrub oaks and magnolias stand, bent and twisted by salt winds.
An overnight excursion yields its own unique experience with a stay in one of the well-outfitted cabins or a more rustic accommodation at one of Grayton’s cozy campgrounds. At nearly 2,000 acres, Grayton Beach State Park is more than a backdrop for golden sunrises and silver moonlit evenings.
For over 20 years, Dolphin Discovery has contributed to the study and conservation of marine mammals, creating a bond of love of respect through the best interaction experience in unique habitats around the world.
With 22 Dolphin Habitats, 5 Parks, 1 Aquarium, 1 Marina, 10 Countries and 1 Continents in Dolphin Discovery we seek to share our love, fascination and respect for the incredible marine mammals such as dolphins, manatees and sea lions. Our greatest desire is to live an unforgettable experience as we share the happiness to make your dream of swimming with dolphins into the experience of a lifetime.
Eden Gardens State Park contains approximately 163 acres of land that was part of the historic Wesley homestead.
The focal point of this park is the beautifully renovated, two-story house with elegant white columns and wrap around porch. In a setting of moss-draped live oaks, the 1897 mansion recalls a prosperous era before the virgin forests of longleaf pine and cypress were exhausted in this part of the state. In 1963, Lois Maxon bought and renovated the home, creating a showplace for her family heirlooms and antiques.
Visitors can come and enjoy a guided tour of the Wesley House, meander through the gardens, bring a picnic or go fishing off the dock in Tucker Bayou.
Named after Timpoochee Kinnard, the most influential Indian Chief of the Euchee Indians, this paved path parallels the sugar-sand beaches and emerald green waters of the Gulf.
The Timpoochee Trail traces the Gulf of Mexico shoreline and Scenic Highway 30-A as it travels through beachside communities and state forest lands. Trail-goers will enjoy scenic views of the sea, marsh lakes, sandy dunes and charming coastal neighborhoods as they meander down this tree-lined path along the Emerald Coast.
Trail-goers can park and pick up the path anywhere along Scenic Highway 30-A from Dune Allen to Inlet Beach.
A favorite destination for locals and tourists, the PCB Conservation Park offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation activities. The City of Panama City Beach has established the Panama City Beach Conservation Park in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the enjoyment of hikers, bikers, and nature lovers. Encompassing over 2900 acres, the Conservation Park has 24 miles of trails and over a mile of boardwalks that lead through Cypress domes. The trails range anywhere from 0.6 miles to 11 miles, with 12 different trails to choose from. Parking and public restrooms are located at the Trail Head building along with picnic tables and a covered pavilion which is available for rent. Hours of operation are dawn to dusk, 7 days a week. Be sure to bring your binoculars and cameras for bird and wildlife watching.
Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on leashes. No more than 2 dogs per person. Guided Audubon bird walks, volunteer, and recreational programs for park guests are offered seasonally.