If you’ve had a hankering to visit the Underwater Museum of Art off the Florida coast, you can now access it by car via free parking at the Grayton Beach State Park.
The Grayton Beach State Park offers parking, showers, restrooms, changing rooms, and a beach walkover. Once you arrive at the park, the UMA site lies in approximately 58 feet (18 meters) of water and at a distance of 0.7 miles (1.13km) from shore and is accessible by boat, kayak or Stand Up Paddle board.
Now through Labor Day (September 2nd), visitors can enjoy FREE day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park courtesy of the Walton County Tourist Development Council.
Read more about this program here.
If you want to dive the UMA site, you’ll need to be a certified diver and comfortable swimming in open water. The coordinates for the center sculpture (SWARA Skull) are Latitude N30 18 45.262 Longitude W086 09 33.722..
Out of respect for the art, boaters are asked to find the center location and then move away from the park to anchor in order to avoid damage to the artwork.
Emerald Coast Scuba is currently scheduling regular trips to the site and offers private charters.
If you’re an underwater shutterbug, tag your photos with #UMAFL or @UMAFlorida on Facebook and Instagram.