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Big Lagoon State Park

12301 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola, Florida | (850) 492-1595
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4 Reviews
Type: Nature & Gardens and Hiking & Walking
Ages: Ages 5 — 12
Cost: $
Hours of operation: 8am to sunset daily.

Admission Fee $4.00 per vehicle, $4.00 boat launch.
Pedestrians and bicyclists $1.00.  
Picnic Pavilion Fees
Two pavilions located at the east end of the park (Pavilion 39 and Pavilion 46) are available for daily reservations. These pavilions sit along the Intracoastal Waterway and provide beautiful scenery and great beach access. Each pavilion seats 65 people and has a cooking grill in the sand next to and below the pavilion (no freshwater available in the vicinity). These pavilions set apart from each other and are ADA accessible via a wide boardwalk. Only pavilion 46 has an ADA beach access (ramp). The pavilions rent for $50.00 (plus tax) per day.  
The Governor’s Pavilion is located at the end of our west beach day use area and seats 250 people. This large pavilion is open air and is split level. Electricity and water are available at the pavilion and a restroom is nearby. There are 15 picnic tables (29”W x 70”L) on the upper level. The Governor’s Pavilion is fully ADA accessible and rents for $100 (plus tax) per day.  
These rates apply from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM only. Additional rates apply for rental outside of these hours.
Camping Fees: $16.00 + Tax per night. Includes Electricity, water, picnic table and ground grill on the site, with a dump station located nearby.
Group Camping Available
Wedding Fee: $80.00

4 Reviews for Big Lagoon State Park

March 03 2012
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"Camping at Big Lagoon"

Good campsite, great park. Stroller-friendly boardwalks throughout. Small beach, but really all the kids needed. Great exploring through trails, good playgrounds, good bathrooms. Kids are 1,3, and 5. Camped in both a camper (baby and I) and a tent (boys and dad).  Nearby: fort Pickens (30 mins), Naval Air Museum (an EXCELLENT museum for kids- especially boys who are in love with airplanes from all eras) (15 mins), and Johnson Beach ( a beautiful beach with bathrooms, and swimming on either the ocean (waves), or bay (calm).  We look forward to going back, but will wait for better weather (camping at the beach in a winter storm is no fun!).

December 23 2010
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"lots of fun walking here"

We live a few minutes from this park and have enjoyed it for years. Hurrican Ivan did a number on it years ago but it's come back in recent years.  Kids love the small playground..with close bathrooms and a small family friendly beach..some shade here from the tall pine trees.  Short walks from this area take you to the large pavilion (lots of weddings here on Saturday's in spring and fall) and out from there.  If you drive or bike to the farthest end of the park there are some fantastic lookout towers that give brethtaking views of the Intercoastal. Trails all over the park are wonderful in the cooler months of the year. If your kids love walking the trails and checking out's worth an annual pass or a visit a few times a year. There is a campsite with a small playground but we've never stayed there yet.  Great for biking with elementary and middle school kids, as the park is smaller and not too busy.

December 23 2010
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"Bring a hat and sunscreen!"

Big Lagoon is a beautiful state park that is still recovering from the hurricanes.  There is not much tree cover because of the hurricanes so you will want to bring a hat and your sunscreen.  There is a great observation tower that the kids will like to climb up to see the state park grounds.  It is right on the water so it is perfect for kayaking and playing in the sand.  There are beautiful boardwalks throughout and places to have a picnic.  During the summertime, they have storytime out in nature led by the ranger programs.

December 23 2010
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"Fun with the Family"

Camp, hike, fish, and commune with nature. Gray foxes, cardinals, and nuthatches inhabit this 698-acre world of coastal ecology. Nature study programs familiarize you with life on the bay beach and along the trails.

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