A worthwhile stop for an afternoon outing is the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. The park was established in 1989, and is the only state park in Palm Beach County. It is located between Riviera Beach and North Palm Beach. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is named for its previous owner, the philanthropist John D. MacArthur, who donated this treasure to be a public park and wished to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation contributed additional funds to help develop the park and the Nature Center Facilities.
The Welcome and Nature Center is your best source of information regarding the park. The ranger will assist you in getting the most out of your visit. Programs and tours are given on a broad range of natural history subjects. The Nature Center contains exhibits, displays and a video explaining the barrier island's plant and animal communities. Many of these plant and animal species can be found at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. It is a sanctuary for subtropical and coastal plant life and wildlife.
The park has two self-guiding nature trails. All trails are open for sightseeing during regular park hours. Birdwatchers can see herons, pelicans, sandpipers, and gulls. Anglers can fish in the lagoon by wading, kayaking, or canoeing. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park also features picnic grounds and a playground. The Nature Center is open daily from 9am to 5pm and the park is open daily from 8am to sunset.