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Canaveral National Seashore - on Florida's East Coast - 24 mile beach, birding, fishing, wildlife, nature study - National Park Service - Titusville, Florida
Canaveral National Seashore - Titusville Florida
Headquarters: 212 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, FL 32796 -- (321) 267-1110
Information Center: 7611 South Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 -- (386) 428-3384

South District - - Titusville, Florida


CONTACT: Laura Henning at 386-428-3384 • eMail

March, 2020 at Playalinda

COVID-19 — Canaveral National Seashore is Closing to Implement Latest Health Guidance

Titusville/New Smyrna Beach- Canaveral National Seashore is announcing it will cease operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. All access to the beaches within Canaveral National Seashore will be closed to the public. This step is also in accordance with Brevard County that will close public parking and beachside parks. Continued:

William Bartram Trail #1
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William Bartram Trail #2

THURSDAY, 5TH & 19TH – 10:00 AM
Explore the seashore through the view finder. Discover the diversity and beauty of the various plants and animals within the seashore. Bring your camera, water, sunscreen and repellent.
Meet at vista 3. (1 hour)

SATURDAY, March 7TH – 9:00 AM
Join a ranger and get a chance to observe this intelligent, rare species.
Meet and the Playalinda Beach Ranger Station. (30 minutes)

THURSDAY, March 12TH & 26TH – 10:00 AM
Search for that seashell or sea bean along this pristine undeveloped shoreline. Explore the beach wrack line for treasure. Bring water and sunscreen.
Meet at parking area #3, Playalinda Beach. (1 hour)

TUESDAY, March 17TH – 10:00 AM
Walk the historic Bartram Trail hiked by one of the nation's earliest botanists. Discover the diversity and beauty of the various plants and animals within the seashore.Bring your camera, water, and sunscreen. Meet at the Eddy Creek parking area, Playalinda Beach. (1 hour)

SATURDAY, March 21ST – 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Explore the celestial sky with area astronomers. Telescopes will be available for viewing stars, planets and more. Bring bug repellent, water/snacks, and maybe a lawn chair for your comfort. Dress for the weather. Call 321-403-9334 to reserve.
Required reservations begin 1 week in advance of the event: SPACE IS LIMITED.
(Meet at Eddy Creek, Playalinda Beach)

SATURDAY, March 28TH - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Your participation is vital to maintaining a pristine beach habitat. Join us to help keep Playalinda Beach beautiful. Bring water, sunscreen, bug repellant, work gloves and a hat. We provide trash bags.
Meet at parking area 1, Playalinda Beach. Sign in and proceed to the parking area of your choice. (1-2 hours)

Share the beach with Nesting Shorebirds

PARK HOURS: Winter (Eastern Standard Time): 6:00am - 6:00pm
Summer (Daylight Savings Time): 6:00am - 8:00pm

The national seashore and the wildlife refuge, located midway on Florida's east coast between Daytona Beach and Melbourne, are accessible via U.S. 1, I-95, and Fla 528 (Beach Line Expressway).
      • Playalinda Beach in Titusville, is on Fla 406/402. Playalinda Beach is reached via Fla 402 (also known as Beach Road). From I-95, for the south district (Playalinda), the exit number from I-95 is 220. Go east & follow the signs. (Playalinda Beach Entrance Station: 28.6450, -80.6834)
      • Eddie Creek is between Parking Areas 7 and 8.
      • Vista 1 is 1/4 mile east of Entrance Station. Look for parking lot on left (north) with a sign "V - 1."
      The Playalinda Ranger Station is located to the right (south) of the entrance gate. 28.644657, -80.683346 .
      • Seminole Rest (28.8692, -80.8376) - is located east of US-1 in Oak Hill on River Road. In Oak Hill, turn east onto Halifax Avenue, which is located by the flashing caution light on US-1. Take Halifax Avenue east to River Road. Turn north on River Road. Seminole Rest is two tenths of a mile on the east side of River Road.


Park passes may be purchased at our entrance stations. Apollo Beach entrance station is located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Playalinda Beach entrance station is located near Titusville, Florida (Latitude: 28.645167, Longitude: -80.68325). Please call the Apollo Beach visitor center for directions (386) 428-3384 ext. 0. Passes are not available at Park Headquarters.

Canaveral National Seashore Changes Entrance Fee to Address Infrastructure Needs & Improve Visitor Experience
The National Park Service (NPS) announced today Canaveral National Seashore will modify its entrance fees to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience.
Effective January 1, 2019 the entrance fees to the park will be $15 per vehicle or $10 per motorcycle and $5 per pedestrian/bicycle for a 7 day visit. An annual park pass will remain $40. All of the money received from entrance fees remains with the National Park Service with at least 80 percent of the revenue going to Canaveral National Seashore.

PLEASE NOTE: all programs are subject to cancellation and/or rescheduling due to staff limitations, weather conditions, or other factors. Some programs require reservations, a minimum age, or a cost recovery fee. Call 321-403-9334 or 386-428-3384 ext. 0 for program information during operating hours (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Visit our website at Entrance fees apply to all interpretive program participants. All programs meet the requirements for the Canaveral National Seashore Junior Ranger program.

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USA TODAY -- July 8, 2013
10 uncrowded Atlantic beaches for summer
Playalinda Beach, Florida

"Florida's beaches have a well-deserved reputation for being some of the most beautiful in the world, and that means they can get mighty crowded with summer vacation begins. Playalinda, or Pretty Beach, is located on the Canaveral National Seashore just outside of Titusville."

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