If you’re ready to explore Flagler Beach, Gamble Rogers State Park is a lovely hidden gem tucked between the Atlantic coastline and the Intracoastal Waterway. The 145-acre park is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike for playing in the surf, kayaking along the Matanzas River, shady hikes under the maritime hammock, and excellent wildlife viewing. The park flanks the historic A1A, with a modest half mile of sandy shore and dunes.
As a guest at Island Cottage Inn, the best way to explore Gamble Rogers State Park is to borrow our complimentary bikes. It’s just over a mile from our Inn, so about 10 minutes on two wheels. First, you’ll want to secure your lodging, and our Flagler Beach Bed and Breakfast is one of the best places to stay in Florida. Our elegant guest suites, pristine outdoor pool, and high-end amenities set the tone for a perfect getaway. Book your room today!
Day Trip Itinerary for Gamble Rogers State Park
Gamble Rogers State Park is named in tribute to the famed Florida folk singer and storyteller, who was one of the South’s most well-known folk musicians and sadly died in 1991 while trying to rescue a drowning swimmer. You’ll often hear music floating through the breeze, as every second and fourth Saturday, a group of musicians gather for a Gamble Jam at the outdoor pavilion at Gamble Rogers State Park—bring a guitar and join in!
Grab one of our complimentary bikes available to our guests, and make Gamble Rogers State Park your destination. The park is 1.3 miles south along the historic State Road A1A (which also has a paved bike path)—take in the stunning view of the ocean on your leisurely ten-minute peddle.
Once at the park, head down to the beach, stroll along the golden-brown coquina sand and hike up the dunes into the nature trail under the maritime hammock. The just under-a-mile trail meanders through a shady coastal forest with interpretive signs and several benches to stop along the way. This is a popular birdwatching spot for pelicans and migratory bird species.
One of the best places to stop for lunch or happy hour after exploring Gamble Rogers State Park is an old-school beachside eatery, the High Tides at Snack Jack. Grab a spot on the screened-in porch with stunning ocean views for conch fritters, wild-caught ahi tuna Reubens, and crab cakes. Take in the funky surf town vibe and enjoy the fresh seafood and friendly service.
You’ll have full access to the vast network of interconnected salt marshes and inlets along the Intracoastal Waterway at Gamble Rogers State Park. These calm and beautiful Florida waterways are ideal for kayaking and canoeing. You can rent kayaks at the ranger station on the riverside, pricing as follows: single kayak $15; tandem kayak/canoe $25; each additional hour $10. Check the park website for information about the guided kayak tours in the area. Keep your eyes peeled for manatees and dolphins gliding through the water.
Luxurious Accommodations at our Oceanfront Inn
From the minute you walk into the cool air of our guest suite, you’ll feel the stress of everyday melt away. Our fully remodeled and elegant guest rooms have everything you’ll need for a luxurious tropical getaway. From award-winning Helix mattresses dressed in 100% cotton sheets and cozy gas fireplaces to Public Goods bath products, plush robes, and fluffy towels in your en suite—you won’t want to check out any time soon. Join us in the cafe each morning for light AM fare, hot coffee, and again in the afternoon for snacks and wine.
We can’t wait to host you in the romantic little beach town of Flagler; book your next getaway today!