Sebastian Inlet State Park is one of my favorite places EVER, it is a paradise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This park is located on the beautiful barrier island on the east coast of central Florida. The Sebastian Inlet is man made and connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Indian River Lagoon. I am SO excited to share with you all that the Sebastian Inlet State Park has to offer!
Sebastian Inlet State Park is located on three-mile stretch of the barrier island, the park spans one thousand acres.
This amazing destination offers something for everyone: swimming, surfing, fishing, beachcombing, hiking, birding, kayaking, snorkeling and so much more! Picnic areas are located on both the north and south sides of the Sebastian Inlet and there is a fun playground overlooking the Indian River Lagoon on the south side of the inlet. A day at Sebastian Inlet State Park is a day you won’t forget.
If you find yourself hungry, BG’s Surfside Grill and Adventures’ restaurant is there to help! BG’s also has a gift shop and bait shop, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are two entrances to the park, a north entrance and a south entrance – they are located on either side of the bridge. Paid admission allows you access to both side, remember to save your receipt to show when you switch sides!
- $4 Single occupant vehicle
- $8 per vehicle with multiple occupants (limit 8 people)
- $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers
Beaches / Swimming
Beautiful beaches can be found along the Atlantic Ocean at Sebastian Inlet State Park. If you time your trip just right, you may be able to spot a mama turtle laying her eggs or the nestlings making their way to the ocean.
If you have smaller children, or would like to avoid the waves, the inlet tide pool is the place for you. The tide pool is located on the north side of the inlet and is a perfect spot to spend and entire day. The tide pool gets deeper in the middle when tide is coming in and more shallow as the tide goes out.
Along the edges the water is shallow and perfect for younger children as there are no waves, other than small and fun waves caused by the occasional passing boat.
My children love to bring nets and explore the area. Tiny crabs and snails can always be found. We have also spotted manatees, dolphins, sea cucumbers, and an octopus so keep our eyes open! You can look at photos of one of our adventure days at the tide pool when my kids were younger here.
Low tide is a great time to explore along the rocks. No worries if rocks aren’t your thing – the central area is rock-free!
Sebastian Inlet State Park offers some of the best surfing on the East Coast.
Over three miles of Atlantic beach offer some of the best surfing on the East Coast. One of the most consistent surf breaks in Florida is Sebastian Inlet’s first peak, located next to the north jetty. Another hot surf spot is Monster Hole (not a hole, but a shoal!) located about a third of a mile off the beach, on the south side of Sebastian Inlet. The contour of the ocean floor rises up and when the surf is big, the waves form long lines, giving a long ride.
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Want to know what the surf is like real-time? Check out the Surf Guru Webcam.
My son loves to fish the Sebastian Inlet. There are two jetties that extend into the Atlantic Ocean, one on the north side and one on the south side, that are wonderful fishing spots. The catwalk located under the bridge and the rocks along the inlet are great fishing spots too!
Curious about what people are catching? Check out the current fishing report here.
Boat / Kayak / Canoe
Boaters can launch on both sides of the inlet; however, the main boat launch is located on the south side. The water in the Indian River Lagoon is brackish, you can cross the Intracoastal Waterway into the freshwater of the Sebastian River or head out to the salty water of the Atlantic Ocean.
Canoes and kayaks are great for exploring the mangrove lined shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon.
Scuba / Snorkeling
The Sebastian Inlet is wonderful for scuba diving and snorkeling, the rock reefs are amazing!
Bicycling / Hiking / Birding
For a mellow walk you can explore the one mile long Hammock Trail. The trail is mostly shaded and there are plant identification signs to help you discover local nature.
Three mountain bike trails are located at this park. The trails are very much off-road and prove a challenge.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail and is home to many types of shorebirds and migratory species.
Take a break from the outdoors and step into one of the two museums offered at the Sebastian Inlet State Park.
- The Sebastian Fishing Museum is wonderful for discovering the history of Sebastian’s fishing industry and the lives of the people who lived here.
This museum’s admission is included in the park entry and is located on the south side of the inlet.
- While visiting the Treasure Coast the McLarty Treasure Museum is a must-see. This museum is located at the southern boundary of the state park.
The McLarty Treasure Museum is open 7 days a week, from 10 -4 and is $2 a person
The camping here is wonderful! The sites are located on the south side of the inlet, nestled between the inlet and the beach.
Sebastian Inlet now has primitive camping available, you can check into BG’s Surfside Grill and Adventures’ for more information.
I am SO happy to share my first Our Florida Fun adventure destination. The Sebastian Inlet State Park is one of our most favorite destinations, I hope that you love it as much as we do!