If you live in Florida, chances are you're here for the fantastic year-round weather, the shimmering blue waters, and stunning sandy beaches. The Sunshine State is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts to compile a destinations bucket list, and you'll want to add this Florida park to your list - they have one of the BEST spots to swim and snorkel with marine life.
Phil Foster Park near West Palm Beach is a true water-recreation wonderland. With a beautiful span of beachfront perfect for swimming, diving, boating, kayaking, and sunbathing, you'll find yourself in an unlikely place for this paradise - off of the Blue Heron Bridge connecting Florida's mainland to Singer Island.
Easily the best gem at this park though is their snorkeling trail - a trail made of limestone boulders and fabricated reef modules that spans a massive two-acre area in 6 to 10 feet deep water. 600 tons of rock were used to build this artificial reef, and it attracts a ton of stunning marine life that you can observe, immersing you in a magical underwater world of fishies.
If you're up for a little adventure, a bit outside of the snorkeling area, you can find a sunken ship. During high tide, you can expect to see some unique marine life, such as giant starfish, eels, stingrays, or the occasional octopus or manatee.
If you're ready to dive into the deep blue sea, Phil Foster Park on Blue Heron Bridge is located at 900 E. Blue Heron Boulevard Riviera Beach, Florida 33404. You can snorkel with your fishie friends at this park daily from sunrise to sunset, with the exception of the boat ramps which are open 24/7.
For more information about Phil Foster Park and their park rules, check out their website here.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment. If a starfish is free floating through the water or in the sand, it is okay to touch them - but do not remove them from rocks, as they attach their little tube feet to stay in place; removing them from the rock can damage these tubes. Please leave all wildlife in their natural habitat.