Whether you only have time for an afternoon trip or your family wants to plan a weeklong vacation, the Florida park system offers what you are looking for.
With more than 125 park destinations to choose from, Florida is home to some of the most diverse state and National Parks in the country. Wealthy in history and natural wonders, our park system offers something for every age group and interest.
To locate a Florida park near you or find an upcoming event, visit FloridaStateParks.org. Whether you are a nature lover – land or sea – or a history buff, here are a few destinations that you and your family will enjoy.
Florida Caverns State Park Guided cave tours, fishing, boating, horse stables, and even a 9-hole golf course are features included at this diverse park. If relaxation is your objective, consider Ichetucknee Springs where park goers can rent tubes to float along the crystal-clear river. For more adventure, try canoeing, snorkeling and even cave diving.
Caledesi and Honeymoon Island State Parks have been rated among America’s best beaches, and are two of only a few remaining natural Florida islands. Swimming, snorkeling, fishing and bird watching are some of the many activities you can do before or after finding your perfect picnic spot.
Every year several major surfing competitions take place at Sebastian Inlet State Park. Boating, scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming are just a few of the popular water sports at this park. In the early 1700s a Spanish fleet of ships wrecked just offshore, making this a treasure hunter’s paradise. Sebastian inlet is also home to two history museums, hiking trails, a campground and much more.
Whether you prefer riding in a glass-bottom boat, snorkeling or scuba diving, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park offers an amazing view of shallow-water reefs and marine life. For a quick getaway from the big city, venture to the beautiful beaches and landscape of Bill Baggs Cape in Key Biscayne. Guided tours of the historic lighthouse, bicycle rentals, and two restaurants offer everything visitors need for a few hours or the entire day.
For frequent visitors, affordable annual passes are available for purchase. Park activities and educational opportunities are plentiful for the young and young at heart. The Junior Ranger and Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) Programs are popular, along with countless events for all ages: Ranger led tours, stargazing, live music, Plein Air painters, craft classes and more! And don’t forget to include your four-legged family members! Well-behaved pets are welcome at most parks on a 6-foot (or shorter) leash. Be sure to check out the park’s pet policy, when planning your visit.
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