When you stay in Perdido Key beach house rentals, you don't have to travel far to enjoy the sandy white beaches or sparkling turquoise waters that surround the stunning key. Even though there are beaches right out your door, taking a day trip to Perdido Key State Park might provide a nice change of scenery.

Whether you want to fish, have a picnic or just relax on the beach and build sand castles, Perdido Key State Park offers plenty of fun for the whole family - including the canine members. Like all Florida State Parks, Perdido Key State Park allows dogs, as long as they are kept on a six-foot leash and cleaned up after. 

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset, so pack up your beach bags and head over to enjoy the many activities at this gorgeous natural resource.

Surf and swim

Enjoy a relaxing day in a beautiful environment at Perdido Key State Park.You'll be hard-pressed not to dash for the aquamarine ocean water when you first arrive at Perdido Key State Park. The warm Gulf shore is great for swimming, body surfing and skimboarding, but it's also perfect for surfing. It's common to see surfers out in the water waiting for the next big breaking wave. You could watch them all day, but if you bring your board, you can also join them! The west end of the beach is the preferred surfing area.

Search for shells

Taking a walk along the squeaking white sand beaches is a lovely experience, but may be especially interesting if you're on the hunt for gorgeous seashells. Cockle shells, Florida jewelbox, quahogs and sea scallops are all commonly found on this beach, especially in the winter when the wave swells are high. The kids might find these shells make particularly beautiful adornments on their sand castles!

Explore the ecosystem

The dune ecosystem at Perdido Key State Park is a fascinating one to examine. When you first arrive, you'll note the many boardwalks and sand fencing. These were created to protect the dunes, a fragile ecosystem that is home to a number of endangered species. Look for the sea oat, a grass species that is critical to the dune systems. This graceful perennial's roots help stabilize the sand dune, which is why it is a protected plant species. 

You may also see charming purple flowers. These are called spiderwort, and are also critical to the formation of dunes. These native plants are drought-resistant perennials, and their purple blooms only last one day. 

Have a picnic

The beach is a great place to enjoy lunch, but if you didn't bring an umbrella, you might be craving some shade come lunch time. Fortunately, there are several picnic shelters scattered across the dunes that make perfect picnic spots. 

Just a short drive from Perdido Key condos, this state park has plenty of fun for all members of the family.