The Canaveral National Seashore Park is a popular area to explore. Visitors can stop by the Visitor Information Center to get their bearings, maps and a history of the park. There are two accesses to the park, the North District and the South District. The nearest access to visitors from the Daytona Beach area is the entrance to the North District at Apollo Beach which is on the south end of the New Smyrna Beach barrier island.
The park provides an enjoyable venue for day trippers of all ages, interests and abilities. Visitors with physical impairments may want to get a beach access wheelchair which is available at the Information Center. Fishing, boating, biking, surfing, sunning, camping, hunting (seasonal waterfowl) and bird watching are all possibilities. Visitors can bring their leashed pets although they are only allowed on the lagoon side of the park but not on any beaches.
History and archaeology buffs should get a kick out of visiting Turtle Mound which is within the park. A boardwalk provides easy access to the mound area and scenic views of the surrounding seashore. Turtle Mound is an ancient midden purportedly created from oyster shells, pottery fragments and other refuse of the Timucuan Indians, who inhabited the area ages ago.
Special events are planned throughout the year and include classes with hands on experience in clamming, cast net procedures, fishing and more. Interpretive activities vary by month and include the Eldora Walk, Timucuan (Native American) Talk, nature walks, fly fishing, canoing, turtle watching, “junior ranger” activities and pontoon boat cruises (fee required).
Entrance fees to the park are currently $5.00 for cars. Fees for bikes, motorcycles, pedestrians and large commercial vehicles vary. Annual passes are available at the park entrance. Persons 62 and older can get a lifetime pass for $10.00 (as of April 2013). Additional passes that can save frequent visitors some money are the CANA/MINWR pass which is an annual pass allowing visitors access to both the Canaveral National Seashore Park and the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. America the Beautiful annual pass is available to anyone visiting Federal Recreation sites and is currently $80.00. A free lifetime Access Pass is available to US citizens or permanent residents with a documented permanent disability.
Canaveral National Seashore Park is open year round from 6 am to 6 pm (unless there is a seasonal or emergency closures). The Apollo Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Contact 386-428-3384 extension 0 for more information.