Big Lagoon State Park-Pensacola, Florida

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Big Lagoon State Park is located off of Gulf Beach Highway and is very close to Perdido Kid’s Park and Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park.  Big Lagoon offers all sorts of outdoor activities: hiking/walking, camping, kayaking, and swimming.  There are kayak launches, beautiful beachfronts, and boardwalks to wander. 

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When we went, we packed a yummy picnic and had lunch at one of the unused pavillions.  The kids especially loved watching the kayaks being launched and walking along the boardwalk to the observation tower. 

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Big Lagoon has a pretty active Ranger Program.  Saturday, September 12 from 10am to 12noon, is Literacy Day at Big Lagoon.  Literacy Day is a ranger and volunteer outdoor reading program in celebration of National Literacy Month.  Meet at Pavillion #39 for day of outdoor reading!  Entrance to the park on Literacy Day will be free with a library card or a book donation! 

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Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen.  Big Lagoon vegetation is still recovering from the onslaught of hurricanes.  There is not a lot of tree cover for shade in the areas that you will be exploring.
  • Bring lots of water for wandering around and a picnic lunch to enjoy with the family.
  • There are bathrooms at different spots throughout the park and they were open when we were there but according to the Manager’s Message, the Loop 2 Campground is closed off and on due to construction.
  • Don’t forget to get your Florida Passport stamped and make sure that you get stamps for the nearby parks that do not have open ranger offices.
  • Admission is $6.00 per vehicle holding 2-8 people. 

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Contact Information:  Big Lagoon State Park, 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, 850-492-1595.

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