Looking for some fun, affordable and FREE, things to do and see along the Gulf Coast? PCB has a lot of exciting attractions and entertainment to offer for the whole family!
With 27 miles of white sand and turquoise water, the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches are accessible to all at no charge with nearly 100 access points. You won't have a difficult time finding a stretch of sand to park your towel; in fact, you may have a harder time deciding on what shoreline to relax. No matter where you choose to enjoy the sun and surf, you'll feel the area's signature sugar white sand between your toes. The sand inherits its hue and soft texture from the immense amounts of quartz crystals that wash down from the Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. To see a full list of beach access points, click here.
Want to get a breath of fresh air and explore nature instead? Pack a picnic lunch and visit Camp Helen State Park, 185-acres of ecological wonder that is bordered on three sides by water; the gulf to the south, Lake Powell to the north and east. Not too far down the way is another popular state park and is the most visited by locals and tourist, St. Andrews State Park. Here you can cast a line and catch some fish, take a dive and scuba along the jetties, or simply enjoy, what has been named, the Best Beach in America, for less than $10 per vehicle! Don’t forget to check out the Conservation Park while you’re taking in all that nature has to offer. As a safeguard for wetlands, wildlife and pine forest, the park is a natural filter, balancing treated water before it travels to the St. Andrews Bay. This nearly 3,000-acre park features 12 different trails of varying difficultly and eight boardwalks totaling more than a mile in length. Bring binoculars – you'll likely spot plenty of birds and wildlife in the wetlands area.
If you are visiting during the summer season, be sure to check out the Summer Concert Series, held each year at Aaron Bessant Park from June-August, where you can enjoy a FREE concert in the park every Thursday night. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers, food and pets are also welcome!
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