Canaveral National Seashore is on a barrier island which includes ocean, beach, dune, hammock, lagoon, salt marsh, and pine flatland habitats.

The barrier island and adjacent waterways offer a blend of plant and animal life. Records show that 1,045 species of plants and 310 species of birds can be found in the park. Endangered species include, but are not limited to, loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles, West Indian Manatee, Southern bald eagle, wood stork, peregrine falcon, eastern indigo snake, and Florida scrub jay.

Visitors may enjoy walking the nature and historical trails during the cool winter months. Year-round recreation includes fishing, boating, canoeing, surfing, sunbathing, swimming, hiking, camping, nature and historical trails.

Building on the paddling program success in the Apollo District of Canaveral National Seashore, this project built a paddling program in the Playalinda District. The seashore encompasses 37,000 acres of the one of the most diverse estuaries in the world and it is perfectly suited for paddling on canoe, kayak and stand-up paddle board. The program was run by volunteer Master Naturalists in Coastal Ecology who have great knowledge of the marine resource and are experienced paddlers.