Avalon State Park has more than a mile of undeveloped coastline on one Florida’s most developed cast. Located on A1A, Beachfront Avenue, this gorgeous state park is home to loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles that nest each spring and summer. It’s also home to swimmers, snorkelers and onshore fishermen.
Avalon State Park has a unique history, as do many Florida state parks. During WWII, the United States Navy began a top secret training site here for the underwater demolition team, “The Frogmen”. Concrete barricades, steel entrapments and other replicated test objects were placed underwater offshore. The Frogmen then trained their demolition skills on these dummy obstacles in preparation for the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.
Swimmers and snorkelers can still view many of these destroyed relics of the past, just offshore from Avalon State Park. Caution should be taken when viewing and swimming around these sites, as they do pose a risk of danger.
While some dangers are inherent, there are many non-dangerous activities at Avalon State Park. Fishing for instance is very hot at this Florida state park. Red/black drum, snapper, blue fish, pompano and whiting are all easily caught on and offshore. Fishing from the beach or your kayak is permitted, but only with a Florida saltwater fishing license.
Kayaking is a fun thing to do at Avalon State Park. Launch your boat right from the shoreline and into the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Many times during the year, the water is so clear; it is compared to the Bahamas (which is right off the coast). There is no boat ramp, so kayaks and gear must be hauled from the parking lot about 30-40 yards or so to the water.
Although there is no camping at Avalon State Park, there are picnic pavilions for that perfect afternoon lunch on the beach. Grills are at all four pavilions, so hamburgers and hotdogs can be added to the menu. Unfortunately, there is no electric or water available.
Getting to Avalon State Park is easy. From A1A, travel four miles north of the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, via the North Causeway. Park fees are $2 a car, limit eight people. For more information on this sunny Florida state park, visit the website here.