If it’s the beach, we’ve got plenty – 19 miles of pristine, cinnamon-colored beaches where you can soak in the sun or surf on the third largest waves in the state. Pitch your umbrella and towel and start soaking up the sun.
If exploration is on your itinerary, you’ll have no problem discovering some fun spots and activities. We have more than 40 parks and preserves and more than 90 miles of trails for hiking, biking, kayaking, bird watching, fishing, boating. You name it!
If hitting the greens is a must, look no further. We have a collection of spectacular golf courses. Even one that plays directly alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Tennis is another favorite in the county, with professionals playing at our tennis center several times throughout the year. Or bring your own racquet to our local and county courts.
If you’re looking for events, we honor everything from local seafood to the local agricultural crop at the Potato Festival. From the rodeo to the ballet, from creekside to oceanfront, from marathons to mud-bogging.
Flagler Beach and surrounding area is a beach lover’s delight with 19 miles of pristine coquina sand beaches, perfect for surfing the third best waves in Florida, fishing from the surf, beachcombing, swimming or just soaking up the sun. Bring your own board, or rent one to hang ten like a pro. Local surf shops offer lessons and surf camps are held each summer to teach you the basics and improve your form! Speaking of pros, Flagler Beach is home to the Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Competition each fall. So grab a board, catch a few and most of all, enjoy!
Each year from December through M
arch, Right Whales migrate to this area to give birth and nurse their calves in warm, protected waters, before again returning north to feeding grounds off New England and Canada. Just off the coastline of Flagler Beach some
Right Whales come in close to shore – sometimes within a quarter mile of the beach. Mothers can be seen with young-of-the-year calves, and juvenile whales may be seen traveling or playing. Visit the website of the Marineland Right Whale Project at www.aswh.org/whale/main.html for more information.
Every day is an “EcoAdventure” in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches, with so much to explore and see year-round! From some of Florida’s favorite birding spots; miles of trails for bikers, hikers and horseback riders; abundant fishing and scenic waterways where you can paddle. Almost 50 state, county and city parks with a variety of amenities.
Six of the Palm Coast and Flagler Beach trails are listed on the Great Florida Birding Trail which boasts a myriad of birding opportunities you are sure to enjoy. Be sure to check out that page for a list of birds and places to see them.
Biking and Hiking
Biking and hiking are second nature here in Palm Coast and Flagler Beach. We’re adding new trails every day, so there are miles to choose from with a variety of different levels. Florida’s nearly perfect year-round weather invites cyclists to hit the roads and trails regularly, and bicycling in Palm Coast and Flagler Beach is a growing sport. Check out the Biking and Hiking page to download the Complete Nature & Trails Guide.
Boating and Fishing
First and foremost, you’ll find excellent boating and fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, which stretches for 19 miles in our area. Or grab a pole at the Flagler Beach Pier! Then you can add on the Intracoastal Waterway, a large stretch of brackish water just west of the Atlantic Ocean that creates the barrier islands. From there both boaters and fisherman can meander through creeks and marshlands for a day of fishing. Those looking for a fresh water experience can venture out through Haw Creek to Dead Lake or Crescent Lake to view osprey, great blue herons, turtles and even alligators as they bask in the sun. They don’t call Florida the “Fishing Capital of the World” for nothing!
There’s also no shortage of boat launches for those wanting to spend the day on the water. No boat? No problem. We’ve got Palm Coast Electric Boat Rentals at Tropical Kayak and weekly cruisers aboard Hammock Beach Resort’s gorgeous Sundancer Yacht. Or call one of our spectacular charter captains for a day on the water you’ll never forget.
Palm Coast and Flagler Beach is home to numerous state, county and local parks and preserves. Three are part of the state park system. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park consists of 425 acres of coastal scenery as well as 20 acres of formal gardens. Visitors can picnic and fish from either the beach or the seawall along the Matanzas River. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreational Area is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and by the Intracoastal Waterway on the west. Each month the park offers a Full Moon Hike led by one of the rangers! And at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park you can explore the ruins of the former sugar cane plantation, a sugar mill, unique spring house and several wells showing the volatility of the Florida frontier in the early 19th century.
Palm Coast offerings are varied, from historic Princess Place Preserves where you can tour a beautifully preserved 1888 hunting lodge fit for a princess, who indeed lived here for many years, to the Malacompra Road Beachfront Park that offers trails through a maritime oak hammock and ocean scrub community. This 36-acre park overlooks the longest exposed outcropping of coquina rock, monuments of spectacular sculpting created by the rising sea 5,000 years ago on the Florida East Coast.
Our local communities offer a variety of recreational programs for youth, adult and seniors, additional beautiful parks, pools, tennis center, golf courses, sports complexes, and connecting trails where you can jog, bike and explore our wildlife and nature.
Grab your canoe or kayak and come enjoy a day of paddling fun in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. Choose from a variety of different launch sites taking you out into tranquil creeks, estuaries, lakes and even the Atlantic Ocean.
If you need a vessel (or a lesson), Tropical kayak offers guided tours throughout the Intracoastal Waterway and nearby wetlands. Ripple Effect Ecotours, located at the Town of Marineland Municipal Marina, offers kayak rentals and specializes in tours guided by Master Naturalists to take you through an area that has been designated the most productive eco system on the planet and launch from a variety of different areas in the county.
Immerse yourself in a true golfer’s paradise in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches. Here you’ll find golfing weather all year long, great topographical contrasts and premier Florida golf courses to choose from. With Oceanside links that play directly on the Atlantic Coastline and those with vistas of inland marshes, fresh water lakes and maritime woodlands, Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches has golf landscapes to please golfers of all levels.
The avid golfer will find slope ratings that are fit for champions, with a variety of fantastic golf courses offering a wide range of styles to challenge the most proficient golfer and the novice alike.
In fact, the area is often referred to as “the Pebble Beach of Florida” with golf courses designed by legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson.
Not that great of a player? That’s okay! We have professionals on hand to help start you off, clean up your game or just give you some pointers. Don’t worry if you forgot your clubs or spikes – there are plenty of facilities that offer golf club and shoe rentals. Want to buy a souvenir or some extra golf balls? We have pro shops to help you gear up for your next round. For a list of area golf courses please visit –
Volley it up for a friendly game at one of our public tennis courts. Play where the pros go! Palm Coast Tennis Center offers 10 tournament-standard hydro-grid lighted courts to choose from. A Certified Cardio Tennis Site and Certified Quickstart Tennis Site, this spectacular facility also offers a variety of events and activities year round and is home to the USTA Men’s Futures Tournament. Sign up for a class or clinic to boost your game. Certified tennis professionals are available to provide private or group instruction for all ages and ability levels. They’ll even help you find a game to jump in on! Need to strip your racquet? They can do that too! Looking for something more low-key or closer to your hotel? Many of the parks in Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches have lit and unlit tennis courts to host your next match at. Here you can serve on the court and have a grill with friends and family with the options of grills, pavilions and more. Bring the family and relax at under the trees at a local county or city park while taking up a round on the courts and letting your little ones play on the jungle gym. For a list of area tennis facilities please visit – http://www.palmcoastandtheflaglerbeaches.com/things-to-do/sports/tennis.stml
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