Henderson Beach State Park
Henderson Beach State Park
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  • S4136XSdavidb
    Texas460 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    White sand, blue-green water
    This small state park (entry fee was minimal) was not crowded, but not a huge amount of parking. A boardwalk takes you to the white-sugar sand beach and the beautiful water of the Gulf. In my opinion, this area of the Florida panhandle has the prettiest water from Texas all the way to the Keys. The water is clear, and green on a sunny day. The beach was not crowded and the restrooms at the park were clean. There is a roughly half-mile nature trail that winds between high sand dunes with wildlife and trees, shrubs, grasses that we enjoyed.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Panteranegra07
    Berrien County, Michigan37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great location
    One of the best locations to enjoy the Emerald Coast. Plenty of parking, away from the crowds along Scenic Gulf drive, parking is $6 with in and out privileges, just have to show receipt. 6 pavilions, restrooms, hiking, staff comes around and cleans up regularly. Beach is wheelchair accessible. Many other amenities. Great place. Helicopters are a nuisance, as well as some low flying planes but we still enjoyed it and would rather deal with that than the traffic and lack of parking at the other beaches.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • BangkokSachse
    Bangkok, Thailand50,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Beach!
    We paid $5 a car to get in Henderson Beach State Park. We parked at the first pavilion. The first pavilion offered two chairs for rent at $50 a day or $25 for a half day. The beach was wonderful with white sand and clear water. The pavilion has good restrooms and outdoor showers. We spent about 5 hours at Henderson Beach State Park.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Diba V
    72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach!
    Very clean and spacious! Clean water and beach! Our favorite beach on our trip! We visited this beach every day in our trip. Plenty of shaded picnic tables to eat your lunch and cool down in the shade if you need to. Very family friendly.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Denise Q
    Tracy, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a GEM!
    So, didn't know exactly what to expect as this was our first time in the Destin Area! It was a GEM of a find! I would recommend heading in early to get parking but there are multiple areas with parking, bathrooms, and picnic tables. The walk down to the beach was very manageable! I only wish I had more than one day I could have visited!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • amabry0919
    Lincoln, Nebraska29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Beach
    If you want beach time this is the place to go! Th water is amazingly blue ,clear and the sand it the softest sand you will ever have under your feet! Yes, there is a n entrance fee of a few dollars but is worth it!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Pat P
    Brandon, Florida62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing day at the beach!
    We visited Henderson Beach in one of the coldest Decembers in the Emerald Coast. The beach was somewhat deserted with few people strolling along the sea line and others, fishing. Before going to the beach; we explored the nature trail/dunes. There is a small but cute playground for children to enjoy. We found the trail easy to do, with some shaded areas perfect for all year around use. After a refreshing walk on the beach, we enjoyed lunch in one of their covered facilities having plenty of picnic tables. Overall, a nice relaxing experience in an beautiful, clean beach. I can only imagine the crowds during season!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Laura I
    Vonore, Tennessee27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sister recommended
    We are NOT beach people, yet we ended up staying in Fort Walton Beach for an extended period. This was a great place to visit to see wild dunes and beach in action. Have yet to get out feet wet, Haha!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • LAW64
    Tonbridge, United Kingdom1,749 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning beach
    We were staying at the Henderson Park Inn which is located in this state park. The beach is stunning with white sand and turquoise water. The weather was lovely on the days we were there in January - perfect for a walk along the beach.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Heather Johnson
    Sterling, Illinois49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Squeaky Quartz Sand=A Beautiful Beach Experience
    This was probably the best $6.00 we spent our entire week exploring the beaches along the Gulf Shore National Seashore. It's also amazing how $6.00 is what separates the crowds. We were vacationing all along the Gulf Shore, and while people visit Destin for a myriad of reasons, the emerald water and squeaky quartz sand along this stretch of beach was a dream!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 12, 2024
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Lillia K
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
View was amazing! Even had a manatee run in!! There is a cash entry fee as well as a line of cars to get in and park—so get there early! We left around noon after getting there around 9 and saw cars getting turned back for no more parking!
Written June 22, 2024
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Cancun_curious
Staten Island, NY168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Gorgeous beach with facilities, etc. and plenty of space to spread out. We stayed at a hotel nearby, came down onto the beach through June Decker public access (very crowded), and walked in front of a hotel's chairs to get to this wide, gorgeous beach.
Written April 27, 2024
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Karen T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What a beautiful beach! I love how blue the water is and how white the sand is. I wish New Jersey had beaches like this. What a gem! I’m happy this beach was close to where I was staying.
Written April 16, 2024
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Jennifer S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a really pretty park. But our RV stay was ruined by the helicopter trips constantly circling the park. We are here on the weekend so maybe this isn’t a problem during the week. Anyway, the constant noise ruined the serenity of this beautiful place.
Written April 7, 2024
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Chuck
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very nice beach area and picnic pavilions for a nominal fee. In and out same day permit. RV privacy in the bushes. Very nice beaches. Plenty of room to spread out. Will encounter mostly couples and families.
Written March 20, 2024
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Maria M
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Such a beautiful, peaceful place. No pets allowed but naturally someone was walking their dog on the beach. We don't take our kids to adult only beaches, respect the no pet rule folks
Written March 14, 2024
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Heather Johnson
Sterling, IL49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This was probably the best $6.00 we spent our entire week exploring the beaches along the Gulf Shore National Seashore. It's also amazing how $6.00 is what separates the crowds. We were vacationing all along the Gulf Shore, and while people visit Destin for a myriad of reasons, the emerald water and squeaky quartz sand along this stretch of beach was a dream!
Written March 12, 2024
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LAW64
Tonbridge, UK1,749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were staying at the Henderson Park Inn which is located in this state park. The beach is stunning with white sand and turquoise water. The weather was lovely on the days we were there in January - perfect for a walk along the beach.
Written February 10, 2024
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Laura I
Vonore, TN27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We are NOT beach people, yet we ended up staying in Fort Walton Beach for an extended period. This was a great place to visit to see wild dunes and beach in action. Have yet to get out feet wet, Haha!
Written January 30, 2024
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Pat P
Brandon, FL62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited Henderson Beach in one of the coldest Decembers in the Emerald Coast. The beach was somewhat deserted with few people strolling along the sea line and others, fishing.
Before going to the beach; we explored the nature trail/dunes. There is a small but cute playground for children to enjoy. We found the trail easy to do, with some shaded areas perfect for all year around use.
After a refreshing walk on the beach, we enjoyed lunch in one of their covered facilities having plenty of picnic tables. Overall, a nice relaxing experience in an beautiful, clean beach. I can only imagine the crowds during season!
Written January 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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