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John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 State Road 703 (A1A), North Palm Beach, 561/624-6954, www.floridastateparks.org/macarthurbeach
Checking out MacArthur Park is similar to going to a monstrous theme park, since it takes several visits to take it all in. Visitor programs vary from month to month and include guided introductions to birding, kayaking, snorkeling and the elusive cast-netting. Last year, the park was home to a rare leatherback turtle nesting, one of only a few recognized in the entire state. Its ranger-led turtle walks to view green turtle nestings are so popular that every available reservation is usually snapped up on the first day of registration. From September through May, moonlight concerts are held at the parks amphitheater, while a telescope is usually available on the pier for stargazing during musical breaks.