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Big Lagoon State Park, Florida

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Enjoy Big Lagoon State Park, which is one of Florida’s best water parks.
Big Lagoon State Park in Florida sign

On a recent trip to Florida, we visited Big Lagoon State Park. This 678-acre park is located southwest of Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle along the Intracoastal Waterway.

The park offers camping, swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, and hiking.
beware of alligator sign

The park is largely sandy shrubland but includes tidal marsh and flatwoods.

It is the gateway to the great Florida Birding Trail.

Big Lagoon State Park Campground
campsite at Big Lagoon State Park Campground

The park has a modern campground with 75 campsites. Each site has electricity, water, a fire ring, and a picnic table.

Most of the sites have a clothesline. While the shrubbery is low, the park has done a good job of separating the sites.

Four restrooms with showers are scattered throughout the campground.
bathroom house at Big Lagoon State Park Campground

The facilities at the park are excellent. There is a boat launch, numerous picnic shelters, a grand pavilion, an amphitheater, and an observation tower.
Governor's Pavilion at Big Lagoon State Park

The observation tower is located at the end of the Big Lagoon State Park Road at East Beach.

It provides a view of the entire state park Gulf Islands National Seashore and Perdido Key.

Here is a view of the park from the tower.

The Governor’s Pavilion is an amazing shelter. This receivable pavilion includes a large grill area a stone fireplace electricity in running water along with numerous picnic tables and restrooms. It will accommodate groups up to 250 people.
stone fireplace in the Governor's Pavilion at Big Lagoon State Park

Perdido Key Hiking

The park has five miles of hiking and nature trails. A few of the trails have a boardwalk or paved path.

Our visit was short so we did not do any of trails.

You can get details of hiking in Big Lagoon State Park at Florida Hikes.
man on boardwalk at Big Lagoon State Park

The park is home to many birds and animals, such as fox, deer, herons, and king rails. We saw many herons and an armadillo.
a collage with a heron and an armadillo

We recommend Big Lagoon State Park in Perdido Key.

You can get more information on the park at Florida State Parks.
Big Lagoon State Park in Florida

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