Sometimes, you can hear the roar of the Gulf of Mexico, but other days it’s all about the mellow. Bird calls, rustle of bulrushes in the wind and the splash of oars make a peaceful paddle at Sea Rim State Park.
This beach season you can rent a kayak for $15 an hour. If you get through the beginner trail to Fence Lake, you just might feel empowered enough to go advanced and end up in Salt Lake. Go in a single or tandem vessel and just do what the sign says: don’t tease the gators.
The new cabin that sleeps six is at the beginning of the paddle trail.
You may not want to leave the pace of the marsh, but it’s pretty exciting to cross the new boardwalk to the ever-changing Gulf to hunt for shells, or stroll the Gambusia Nature Trail and spy a fiddler crab scooting sideways in the shallow water.
Other Sea Rim features include a hiking trail, picnic areas and camp sites.