Blowing Rocks Will Blow Your Mind (But Not Your Budget!)

When we heard about a Florida beach with “blowing rocks” we had to see it to believe it!

My hubby & I are both native Floridians–how did we miss this through the years?!! We left the next morning set out to find these so called “blowing rocks”.

The blowing rocks preserve is part of The Nature Conservancy and it is located in Hobe Sound (less than a 2 hour drive for us). A day-trip I definitely would recommend to my fellow Floridians! This beach has the South Florida blue water that we all love, and I couldn’t keep my little fish out of it! I often joke that my oldest should have been born with gills… he has the most amazing connection with the sea and all of the creatures from it. This picture captures him perfectly!
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If the blue water isn’t enough to make you commit to a visit, the shoreline at Blowing Rocks is unlike any beach I’ve seen in Florida!

I could hardly believe we were just hours from home! Limestone rock covered the shoreline filled with shell fossils and naturally carved out trails to meander! Blowing Rocks gets its’ name from the spectacle of the waves hitting the rocks at high tide and spraying over the tops – sometimes as high as 50 feet!

We missed the peak tide because we were so distracted by all the nooks & crannies along the way to explore. (It’s a short walk from the entrance to the best view of the sprays). I have to admit that it was challenging as a family to explore freely with our babe in tow, but it was still SO worth it! My older kiddos were enchanted the entire day!!!

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The baby of the family, however, kept saying “no like beach… bad rocks”. She’s only one, folks!!! This little girl is quite the talker – and quite the little trooper too! She toughed it out despite not having the freedom she’s become accustom to at the beach. So, although I think if you have toddlers you may want to put it off for a bit, I still count it as a win for the memories we made as a family.

Our girls are getting so close and playing more & more together at these ages… the way my oldest shadowed her baby sister throughout the day to make sure she was safe near the rocks was very special for me. My oldest daughter prayed for a baby sister for nearly 6 months before we found out we were expecting our fourth – she yearned for the sisterhood they now share.
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I enjoy few things more than showing my children the beauty of the world that we live in, and The Blowing Rocks had no shortage of that! When we told them we were heading to a new beach we left out the details. I know they imagined the Florida beaches that they had experienced so many times before, and I loved seeing their little faces when we crossed over the boardwalk and they saw this new terrain to discover for the day!

Helpful Tips:

  • Admittance Fee is $2 Per Person (on an honor system with a drop box for cash only)
  • Public Restrooms & Showers Available
  • No Concessions Sold & No Food On Preserve Policy in Place (although we had a small cooler packed for kiddos to stay hydrated & happy – we just were sure to not leave anything behind)
  • We forgot water shoes which would have been so helpful at this beach – bring water shoes (and snorkels!!!)

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