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Enjoy a free GTM Research Reserve leisurely guided interpretive walk around the Matanzas Inlet, in partnership with the National Park Service. Explore the ever-changing shoreline, tidal flats, beaches, dunes and dune vegetation. Your guide will explain the Inlet dynamics and movement of sand as the sea constantly rearranges the shore. Hikers are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars to record and observe a variety of birds, plants and animals. Come learn how the area has changed since the recent hurricanes. Is the vegetation different? Are the animals okay? Let’s find out!

Meet your guide at the western parking lot on A1A, just north of the Inlet Bridge and the Town of Marineland. Please make reservations by calling 904-823-4500 or visit our Eventbrite page to reserve a spot online.

  • Do I need a reservation to attend? Yes, please register online by following the links provided above.
  • If I can’t make it, how do I cancel my reservation? Upon making the reservation you should have received an email confirmation. There is information about canceling within the email. Since a lot of our guided family programs are full, we strongly encourage you to cancel (as opposed to just not showing up) so that we may accommodate another person/family.
  • What should I wear? Please wear clothing that is appropriate for outdoors. It’s always recommended to dress in layers and prepare for any type of weather. We strongly encourage that you wear closed-toe shoes, and strongly discourage wearing flip-flops. You will be walking along the water, so be prepared to get your shoes sandy.
  • How long is the walk? From the Inlet, to the beach side, and back again- the walk is about one mile. The walk is about 1.5 hours.
  • What should I bring? Please bring a reusable water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen (highly recommended), and binoculars/camera. If you want to collect shells as you walk, bring a beach bag.
  • Can I bring my dog? You are welcome to bring your dog. Please keep in mind that all dogs must remain on a leash, and all waste must be promptly cleaned by the owner. Please be mindful of other visitors when bringing a dog.
  • Where should I meet my guide? CLICK HERE for a Google Map. Your guide will be waiting at the western parking lot on A1A, just north of the Inlet Bridge and the Town of Marineland at 10:20 a.m. The event begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • What will I learn from this? Explore the ever-changing shoreline, tidal flats, beaches, dunes and dune vegetation. Your guide will explain the Inlet dynamics and movement of sand as the sea constantly rearranges the shore. Hikers are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars to record and observe a variety of birds, plants and animals.
  • Are there any fees? No.
  • Is there anything else to see afterwards? You’re welcome to stay at the inlet or beach to spend the day by the water.