Day Trip 1: Nature is Calling.
Spend a Day at Peanut Island.
Take a morning ferry (runs every 15 minutes) from the Marina Village to Peanut Island (an 80-acre island oasis with beaches, a snorkeling lagoon, campground, picnic pavilions, waling path, and historic John F. Kennedy Bunker. Guarded and Unguarded Swimming Beaches provide the perfect access for bathers of all ages to enjoy the sun and fun. For visitors looking for an overnight experience, a seventeen-site Campground is available for tent campers by reservation as well as limited Natural Areas Beach Camping in designated areas.
No visit to Peanut Island is complete without taking a casual stroll on the paver pathways which wind around the perimeter of the Island. A truly unique place, Peanut Island Park has something to offer everyone!
Why the name Peanut Island?
The name Peanut was given to the island when the State gave permission for use of the island as a terminal for shipping peanut oil. Plans for this enterprise were abandoned in 1946, but the name was retained.
Peanut Island Water Taxi
Discover Peanut Island
Peanut Island Brochure
Popular Peanut Island Activities include the following:
Lounging on the Beach (bring your own lunch!)
Snorkeling in the protected lagoon The natural sandy shoreline slopes gently down to shallow water for everyone to enjoy. Access to deeper water is available from Swim Platforms and Ladders located off the pathway that goes across the middle of the Lagoon. It depends on the time of year and temperature of the water. Manatees can be seen year round but during winter, manatees are a common site in the Lagoon. Just remember not to do anything that alters their natural behavior, if you see one. Please don't feed them, chase them, or frighten them in any way. They like the warmer waters of the Lagoon and are a thrill for everyone to see.
There is no better way to explore all that Park has to offer than by taking a leisurely stroll around the island. A 1.25 mile paver block walking path winds around the perimeter of the island taking you to all the major facilities offered on the site. Along the way, you'll pass beautiful natural resources including tidal ponds, maritime hammocks, and mangroves. The path is well lighted at night all around the island for your safety. A non-profit organization operates a museum at the former U.S. Coast Guard Facility located on the south-side of Peanut Island. Among the highlights of this facility is a tour of the historic John F. Kennedy Bunker that was constructed to serve as a temporary command post during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960's. For information on the museum and their operating schedule call the Palm Beach Maritime Museum at 561-832-7428 or 561-723-2028.
The park is an excellent location for anglers to test their saltwater skills in the beautiful waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon. Anglers are invited to use the Fishing Pier located on the northeast side of the island. This special facility is open for fishing twenty-four hours a day. There's no better way to enjoy a relaxing day (or night) of fishing! While fishing is permitted in most areas of the park, anglers are reminded the activity, including cast netting, is prohibited in Designated Swimming Areas and on all Docks (including Floating Docks), Boardwalks, and Observation Areas. Frozen bait available in the marina office.
Located along the paver walkway on the south-west corner of the island, the park features a large, shaded Observation Deck that offers panoramic views of the Lake Worth Lagoon, the nearby port facilities, and surrounding communities.