Living Wild at Gulf Coast Jam


Hey there, music lovers and adventure seekers! Are you ready to rock out and have an unforgettable time at Gulf Coast Jam? We’ll let you in on a secret – Florida’s Gulf Coast is not just about the great music; it’s also home to stunning beaches, beautiful dunes, and gorgeous forests. 

Find out how to explore by day and party by night in this guide to going wild at Gulf Coast Jam.

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Minimum Impact, Maximum Fun

Music festivals can have a big impact on nature, but they don’t have to! Here are just a few ways you can lighten the load on nature during Gulf Coast Jam.

Bring a reusable water bottle: Did you know that Gulf Coast Jam allows you to enter the concert grounds with an empty water container up to 32 ounces in size? Ditch plastic waste by bringing in your favorite water bottle and refilling it frequently at one of the many water stations throughout the festival. 

Check out our Live Wildly drinkware to stay stylishly hydrated!

Choose eco-friendly sunscreen and bug spray: If your essentials list includes sunscreen and bug spray (it should!), look for options that are gentle on wild Florida. Reef-safe and biodegradable sunscreen are great choices, as is natural insect repellent, like Murphy’s Naturals. Or, stop by our booth to score some Live Wildly sunscreen while supplies last. 

Party like it’s your home: Because for Florida’s plants and animals, it is. Avoid littering, trampling vegetation, and disturbing animals. Be mindful of the waste you generate and dispose of it properly. Florida’s wildlife thanks you!

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Photo by Mac Stone/Tandem Stills

Wild Experiences Near Gulf Coast Jam

What will you do with all those daytime hours before the gates open each night? Unwind in nature, of course. Here are three nearby spots to relax in the beauty of wild Florida.

Panama City Beach Conservation Park

Just minutes from Gulf Coast Jam festival grounds is an oasis of nature. Soak in the calming vibes of Panama City Conservation Park with a stroll through this stunning nature reserve. This locals-favorite park has over 24 miles of trails and a mile of boardwalks. It’s the perfect place to stretch your dancing legs before getting your ‘jam’ on.

Camp Helen State Park

Explore the largest coastal dune lake in Florida by day and party by night? Yes, please! Head to Cape Helen State Park for a morning of beachcombing, swimming, hiking, and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell. This park also attracts migratory birds, so bring your binocs.

Come see us at Gulf Coast Jam to learn about the upcoming screening at Camp Helen State Park of the award-winning National Geographic film ‘Path of the Panther,’ a production of Grizzly Creek Films, Appian Way, Common Pictures, and our partners at Wildpath.

Pine Log State Forest

Escape from the heat in Pine Log State Forest before dancing and singing the night away. Unload your bike and pedal the 5.5-mile Dutch Tiemann Trail through the pine forest and over marshland boardwalks. Bonus – dogs on leash are allowed in this park! 

Psst: Need some sweet new threads? Check out our Live Wildly shop for hats, t-shirts, tank tops, sunglasses, and more! All proceeds go toward protecting the Florida Wildlife Corridor for generations to come. Or, check us out at Gulf Coast Jam to pick up your own limited edition Live Wildly X Gulf Coast Jam tee!

For more tips on how to Live Wildly during and after Gulf Coast Jam, be sure to visit our booth near the Ferris wheel! Wild rides are free all weekend, courtesy of Live Wildly.