Make your next escape to the year-round sun and warmth with a visit to Florida. Many visitors plan plenty of beach time, hiking, biking, and other outdoor fun. Camp Helen State Park is a historic site that boasts one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. The 180-acre day-use park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway in Panama City. The park is open year-round, 8 a.m. – sundown. For more information, call 850-267-5059. Entry is $4/vehicle and $2/pedestrian or bicyclist, with the exact change deposited in the honor box.
Coastal Dune Lake
Florida is one of just two states in the U.S. and five total places around the world where coastal dunes are a natural geographic feature. Dune lakes are typically shallow, irregularly shaped permanent bodies of water that are brackish and dark-colored due to the mix of salt and freshwater sources that feed it. The Camp Helen State Park is bordered by both the Gulf and Lake Powell – the largest coastal dune lake in the state. Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard for some fun on the water, purchase a combo freshwater/saltwater fishing license, or just relax and enjoy the day on the shoreline.
Go for a leisurely swim, snorkel, or cast a line to see what’s biting. You can also head out on a paddleboard or kayak adventure! If you plan to fish, make sure to obtain a Florida combination saltwater/freshwater fishing license so you can fish in the Gulf and in Lake Powell.
The biggest draw besides the water is the beach. Take a run or walk on the sand, sunbathe, build sand castles, and more. Go hiking, birding, or wildlife watching, or enjoy a picnic in the pavilion. There is a visitor center with a wealth of knowledge about the area, as well as restrooms and a shower station for when you need to rinse off before heading home.
Plan an outdoor wedding or hold a business meeting or retreat. The beautiful weather and coastal dune backdrop provide a great experience for your guests and a memorable day for you!
Beach Fun at a 30A State Park
You came to Historic 30A State Park along Florida’s Emerald Coast to experience a new place on a fun, relaxing getaway with loved ones. While you’re planning all your outdoor fun, to make your vacation the best it can be, make sure you book a stay in a vacation rental provided by 30A Beach Properties. We have units as small as one bedroom all the way up to six bedrooms for a large group reunion at the beach! Enjoy private outdoor spaces like a balcony, deck, or other outdoor space, as well as any neighborhood amenities. Relax indoors in stylish bedrooms. Units have fully equipped kitchens, free Wi-Fi, and in-unit laundry. For a luxury stay, choose a premium unit for upgrades like wood floors, flat-screen TVs, an elevator, and more to make the stay one you’ll never forget.
Call us today to start planning a fun-filled visit to Route 30A and the Emerald Coast!