Vacationers who rent Perdido Key condos likely will not be at a loss for how to fill their time in this sub-tropical destination. The white-sand beaches right outside your rental offer plenty of opportunities to relax in the sun, and nearby Big Lagoon State Park might be a perfect day trip to add into your vacation plans.

The park, located on the southwestern-most tip of Florida's Panhandle, is named for the large, warm, body of water to its south. The Big Lagoon separates the mainland from Perdido Key and sections of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Between the lagoon, tidal salt marshes and ponds, this park boasts a number of ecosystems that nature enthusiasts are sure to appreciate. Those looking for an outdoor adventure will find plenty of hiking, fishing and swimming opportunities.

For the thrill-seekers and birders

A white ibis is one bird you might see at Big Lagoon State Park, a perfect day trip from Perdido Key rentals.Big Lagoon State Park has five miles of hiking and nature trails, all of which offer plentiful nature-observing opportunities. If you're looking for a visual thrill, head to the observation tower at East Beach, a three-story structure that gives you a view of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. While enjoying that refreshing offshore breeze, keep your eyes open for incredible bird watching opportunities. The tower is considered a gateway site for the Great Florida Birding Trail, which is rife with nesting shorebirds, wintering ducks and many types of marsh birds.

For the beach bums

You don't have to spend your day at Big Lagoon State Park climbing towers or hiking through the woods. If relaxing on the beach is more your style, consider setting up your favorite lawn chair on the shore of East or West Beach and enjoy swimming in the warm, calm waters of the lagoon.

Fishing is also popular at these beaches and on the southern end of the park at Governor's Pavilion. Visitors usually reel in redfish, bluefish, flounder, sea trout and mullet. Crabbing is also a fun and common activity in the lagoon.

For the kids

Swimming, fishing and bird watching are all great natural activities for the kids. Add another adventure by hiking and watching for numerous interpretive exhibits that are located throughout the park. Depending on the season, you may be able to take advantage of guided walks, campfire programs and recreational skills programs.

You can explore all the wonders of nature and the fun of the sand and sun right outside your Perdido Key beach house rental. Choosing a day to visit Big Lagoon State Park adds even more memories of all the stunning sights and great fun this unique Florida area has to offer.