The Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park is home to an historic 19th century plantation that once flourished from 1816 to 1836 until it was burned in the Seminole wars. The Addison Blockhouse lies on the west side of the Tomoka River and is one of the most worthwhile sights in Volusia County.

One of Florida's best parks for dynamic biking trails is the Alafia River State Park. The park features 17 miles of bike trails that cover some of the highest elevation changes found in Florida. The park also offers at least 20 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians through pine flat wood, and with the abundance with wildlife it is also great for bird watching. The giant park is also home to a campground, playgrounds, opportunities for canoeing and fishing, and much more.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is one of the most unique and exquisite state parks in north florida. The garden itself is beautiful, especially during the months of January through April when the garden is in high blooming season making it absolutely stunning. The park however, features much more than just the garden itself. There are two lakes within the park, offering all sorts of water enjoyment throughout the year including swimming, kayaking, boating, and fishing. If that wasn't enough, this park is put over the top with several miles of walking, biking, and equestrian friendly trails that overlook both lakes making the possibilities at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park endless.

The Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park is home to one of the rarest scrub habitats in all of Florida. The park is a whopping 8,000 square acres consisting of 6 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of equestrian trails. The park has amazing rare plants and animals making it one of the best parks in Florida for wildlife viewing. Come prepared to track across rough and rare scrub habitats while seeing some of Florida's protected wildlife such as the scrub-jay, scrub lizard, and bald eagles!

Amelia Island State Park is located on the south side of Amelia Island and is a beautiful 200 acre beach park in the north east area of Florida. The park is an amazing untouched wilderness right on the coast of Florida that is great for all types of adventure seeking nature goers. The park is one of few parks in florida that allows horseback riding right on the beach, and even offers lessons. It's also a great fishing location with the inclusion of the mile long George Crady Bridge Fishing pier as well as the option to shore fish right along the beach. Good times are not hard to find at the Amelia Island State Park beach, whether you're looking to explore and search for shells or simply relax and enjoy the waves, Amelia Island is your destination. 

Anastasia State Park is a must see for anyone looking to explore Florida's amazing beaches in their beautiful and natural state. The park is 1,600 acres of pure possibilities. Their are 139 campsites and activities galore for all campers and visitors including stunning nature walks and trails, and a grill area with a gift shop offering rentals on boats, kayaks, canoes and more. The park is also home to the Coquina Quarry where coquina rock was once mined in order to help construct the Castillo de San Marcos. With so much to do and see, Anastasia State Park is an amazing place for campers or visitors alike looking to experience natural and historic Florida. 

Anclote Key Preserve State Park, is a chain of islands including Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar, and Three Rooker Island. The islands are an absolute perfect location to set up a camp right on the beach and go camping over night with nothing but what you bring and the beautiful waters of the Preserve. The park is completely secluded, only accessible by boat or by ferry service; and with over 400 acres of park to explore including an amazing 1887 lighthouse, it is the perfect place to relax on the beach for as long as your supplies will let you. 

Avalon State Park is a mile long secluded and undeveloped beach just waiting for your arrival. The beach and dune habitats are home to many rare Florida species, including many species of sea turtles that use the non populated beach as a nesting place during the spring and summer months. Come prepared to enjoy a day of swimming, snorkeling, or fishing on the beach, or simply come and relax under the sun. 

Bahia Honda Key, is an island that helps to form the beautiful tropical destination that is the Florida Keys. The island is home to the park itself making Bahia Honda State Park one of the southern most state parks in the country. The park is everything you could expect from a Florida Keys tropical destination. Come visit the clear ocean waters of the island and enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, hiking and much more. 

Bald Point State Park is a 4,065 acre chunk of wildlife hanging off of the western end of the Florida panhandle right on the Golf of Mexico. The park is perfect for nature goers and birdwatchers with much of Florida's intricate habitats to explore. Not too mention the amazing wildlife on display including bald eagles in the fall, among other Florida birds migrating south for the winter. The parks beaches are also great for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or simply relaxing near the ocean water. 

The South Fork State Park is a rare natural wonder of Florida. The park is very underdeveloped making it ideal for Wildlife viewing, birding, or exploring its hiking trails. The park is home to many rare plant life including its rosemary scrub habitat which is only found in Florida; as well as many rare plants and animals which are not commonly observed. 

Visitors can request a gate code to visit the Wingate Creek State Park and explore its rare and untouched natural habitats. Currently hiking and biking in the park is limited and it is primarily used for nature research, birding, or simply exploring nature. 

Big Lagoon State Park offers a wide variety of natural Florida habitats for an over all beautiful Florida park. The park is great for birding, hiking, camping, as well as all sorts of water activities including boating, fishing, and even crabbing. 

One of the most exciting and thrilling state parks in Florida is the Big Shoals State Park. This park is occupied by the largest whitewater rapid in all of Florida, which can reach a class 3 whitewater classification. The Park also includes beautiful views of the Suwannee River from it's magnificent 80 foot tall limestone bluffs. If that wasn't enough there are also 28 miles of hiking trails throughout the park. including the two short trails leading to the Little and Big Shoals rapids. That's right, the only way to the rapids is on foot; but don't worry, this only adds to the adventure. 

Big Talbot Island State park is a beautiful preserve that allows its visitors to take in the nature that surrounds them. The park is open from 8 in the morning until sundown every single day of the year. The boat ramp is available 24 hours a day, so guests can come here to take their boats out on the water. The remarkable thing about this state park is the Boneyard Beach. The trunks and twisted limbs of fallen trees are a beautiful sight and is quite the spot for photography practice. Guests can also fish, ride their bicycle, bird-watch, go hiking, picnicking, and pick up sea shells along the beaches waves. 

Open every day of the year, Blackwater Heritage State Park is a great place to go for mountain biking or just plain old bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding. The paved trails, which add up to more than nine miles in total, are great for walkers too, and some paths are shaded for more enjoyment. People also find some great photography shots of nature while they are here, with the wildlife that lives so peacefully here. There are multiple wooden bridges throughout the state park that exercisers can walk/ride over with creeks running underneath them. Pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash, so feel free to bring your little four legged friend with you. Restroom facilities, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, and water fountains are also found around the state park. 

Blackwater River State Park is made for the outdoor enthusiasts. Activities like canoeing, kayaking, camping, and picnicking are some of the more popular activities, along with walking through the park's nature trails surrounded by trees. Blackwater State Forest and Blackwater River State Park are a part of the largest longleaf pine ecosystem that's left in the world. They say it's even rarer than a tropic rainforest, so be sure to bring your camera when you visit to get some excellent photography shots of nature at its finest. Guests can also came here in tents or RV's if they want to make their stay a little longer.

Situated along St. John's River, there's quite a few treasures at Blue Spring State Park. Swimming, diving, snorkeling, and tubing are just a few of the water activities that can be done at Blue Spring State Park. What makes this state park so unique, though, is the ability to see some manatees in their natural habitat. Before the park was established in 1970, researchers found there was only a small number of the sea cows, less than 20. But after 2018 and careful protection efforts, there are now around 485 gentle sea creatures that call Blue Spring their home. Guests can also canoe or kayak, renting these at the park if they wish, or they can take a guided river boat cruise if walking 4.5 miles on Pine Island Trail seems a bit daunting. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day at Blue Spring State Park. 

Bulow Creek State Park is home to one of the largest live oak trees in the South. For over 400 years, it has stood silent to humankind's activities. There are trails where visitors can walk or run. Most often, wildlife will be near the edge of the wooded areas. Animals that are most commonly seen are white tailed deer, barred owls, and raccoons, among others. The Bulow Woods Trail is nearly seven miles long and leads the way to Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic Site Park. Pavilions stand on the grounds for guests to have picnics and restroom facilities are available for those who need them.

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is home to 150 acres of Bulow Plantations where the Bulow family grew sugar cane, cotton, rice, and indigo. The ruins consist of an old sugar mill and what remains of the home's foundations as well as some of the slave cabins. Today, there is a trail that leads visitors to the ruins. As well as some history, there is also picnic facilities for those that would like to spend a few hours here and a boat ramp for canoes and small powerboats to float on the Bulow Creek. Fishing is permitted from a boat or on the docks. 

Caladesi Island State park is one of the few untouched islands along the Gulf Coast and it's only accessible by boat. Visitors can kayak through the bayside mangrove forest and walk along the beautiful shores of the beach. There's also a nature trail along the island where guests can see a multitude of animals in their natural habitats. Also on the island is the historic ruins of the Scharrer Homestead, once home to a family who lived in peace on the island. Myrtle Scharrer Betz, who lived in the home, called this place "paradise" in her memoirs. 

Home to one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida, Camp Helen State Park is located in Panama City Beach. This park is 180 acres in size and activities that can be done here include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking, and both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Guests can also learn how to kayak and paddle board if they are feeling adventurous enough. The walking trails for hikers have some great photographic characteristics so be sure to bring your camera if you're into nature photography shots. 

Cedar Key Museum State Park is home to what used to be called the St. Clair Whitman Museum. St. Clair Whitman lived in Cedar Key since he was a boy in the late 1800s and during his lifetime, he was involved in both of Cedar Key's major industries, the cedar pencil mill and the fiber factory. He also had quite a collection of seashells and Native American Artifacts. When Whitman died  in 1959, he dedicated all of his collections to the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History. The museum with these belongings and Whitman's home was donated by his family in 1991. The home was restored to look like the inside of a 1920s style home and the museum itself also has some cool artifacts from the same time. Birdwatching is also a big pastime here, so be sure to bring your binoculars to check out the birds. A canoe launch and nature trails line the property and pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash. 

What is essentially a series of islands in the South Eastern region of Tampa Bay, Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park does not actually have cockroaches on the property. What early Spanish explorers called "cockroaches" were nothing more than horseshoe crabs, and at one point, there was an abundance of these little sea critters. While the islands are 617 acres, about 500 of those acres are mangrove swamp, which makes it the perfect place for fisherman and/or birdwatchers. Keep in mind the islands are only accessible by watercraft so there are no actual facilities on them. In two small creeks along the shores, canoeing and kayaking is allowed. 

Colt Creek State Park is full of natural wonders. With more than 5,000 acres of native Central Florida habitat, this is the perfect place to see nature as nature intended. There are many different activities that can be done here. With more than 15 miles of multi use trails, visitors can walk or run, ride a bike, or ride a horse if they want to. Canoeing and kayaking are two of the water related activities that can be done here. Cold Creek State Park is home to many white tailed deer, American alligators, otters, birds, and butterflies, as well as the threatened gopher tortoise and the Sherman's fox squirrel. 

Visitors to this area can take a self-guided tour through the museum that houses displays from the mid 1800s when Florida hosted its first State Constitution Convention. The constitution became the Organic Law of Florida after four more constitution conventions and Florida was finally admitted to the Union as the 27th state. There are actual artifacts from this time period and an audio-animated mannequin demonstration of the debates and the process of drafting a state constitution. It's definitely a history lesson if you happen to stop by!

This National Historic Landmark is 61 acres of pre-Columbian, Native American lands with burial mounds, temple platform mounds, a plaza area, and a midden. For over 1,600 years, the site served as a ceremonial center for Native Americans and people traveled to the complex from great distances to bury their dead. It's estimated that 7,500 Native Americans may have visited the area every year. Aside from the history, this park is also great for bird watchers and fisherman. 

Some of the activities that can be done at Crystal River Preserve State Park include bicycling, fishing, hiking, walking, and running. There are also boat tours available to take visitors through the rarity that is the spring-fed body of water that is the Crystal River to see how it supports the sea and wildlife with it being both fresh and salt water. Boat tours are about one and half hours long for those who are interested. There is a seven-mile loop trail that is away from the simpler trails of the state park that's perfect for those who love to go off the beaten path. 

This park is one of the most historic parks in the state of Florida. On these grounds, the Dade's Battle of 1835 took place. It was the longest and most costly Indian war in American history, thus making this a National Historic Landmark. Every January, there are thousands of visitors who come to the grounds to see the battle reenactment as well as peruse the beautiful grounds. The small museum that sits on the grounds houses actual artifacts and exhibits related to the Florida Seminole wars. During the summer, there are day camps that take place for kids with tons of activities to keep them entertained. Open every day of the week, visitors come here to hike and bike, picnic, go birding, and geo-seeking. It's also a great place for hosting gatherings including weddings. Definitely check it out if you're interested in history!

Open to the public every day of the year, there's a lot of nature to enjoy here. De Leon Springs is a naturally round swimming area where guests are more than welcome to swim, snorkel, and scuba dive in the pretty clear waters. The springs used to power a sugar cane mill and later a grist mill that turned corn into flour during the Civil War. Now you'll find trails for hikers, walkers, and runners. Visitors can enjoy viewing the wildlife and subtropical forest that is home to a large, old cypress tree. There is a boat tour that visitors can check out that take you through the De Leon Springs State Park and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and a playground for the younger kids as well as picnic pavilions and a restaurant. 

Not only is this a beach where people can swim, it also has a rare dune lake within the property. In this coastal dune, visitors can expect to find magnolias, golden asters, woody goldenrod, and scrub oaks as well as more rare plants like the spoonflower, pitcher plants, and Curtiss' sand grass within the park. There are also plenty of other wildflowers to add color to this attractive state park as well as some nature trails for the nature lovers. Visitors like to walk across the dunes to the beach and picnic with their friends and families during the nicer weather. Fishing is also allowed here so be sure to bring your fishing rods if you're a fan of fishing. 

Open from Wednesdays to Sundays, this state park is a beautiful area to visit. On the grounds is a natural sinkhole within the mini rain forest. Visitors can learn all about the sinkhole and what research it has provided in a variety of ways through interpretive displays around the park. Apart from the natural sinkhole to check out, there is also a nature trail that is home to many small critters and plant life. With the peaceful setting and smells of nature around you, it's hard not to relax here. 

Don Pedro Island State Park is only accessible by private boat or ferry, but it's definitely worth the short trip across the water. There are endangered species in this area, such as West Indian manatees, gopher tortoises, bald eagles, and American oystercatchers, so be sure to be on the lookout for the wildlife. The beach is one mile long with beautiful white sand where visitors can sunbathe, swim, snorkel, and look for sea shells. The entire park is 230 acres of land and is a popular area for hikers and nature lovers to explore. With a fishing dock, kayak launch, paddle boarding rentals, and picnic facilities, it's easy to spend a few hours here!

This park is a beautiful area for those who just need to relax and get away for a few hours or even a day. There's a sandy white beach for visitors to sunbath, play in the sand, swim, and look for sea shells as well as fishing spots, hiking trails, and the option to camp and enjoy nature for more than a day. It's very possible to see a variety of animals here such as dolphins, sea turtles, and other saltwater fish along with a variety of birds. If you're a fan of nature photography, this is the perfect place to get some practice in with the camera. The state park is also one of the best areas to stargaze at, so even if you don't decide to camp, be sure to stick around until after dark to look at the beautiful night skies. 

With 6,200 acres of land and water, this state park is full of natural beauty. Sandhills covered in longleaf pines, wiregrass, and sand pine scrub are homes to several endangered animals like the gopher tortoise and the fox squirrel. There are plenty of marked trails for hikers, bikers, and walkers, as well as a fishing dock, a canoe launch, and picnic areas that make the park a great place to spend the day. 

The Econfina River State Park is home to extensive wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. There are equestrian trails, nature trails, a boat ramp, and a canoe-kayak launch on site. This beautiful state park is over 4,500 acres and offers several once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Eden Garden State Park is one of the beautiful state parks Florida has to offer with a long fascinating history dating back to 1890.  One of the interesting things about this park is the two-story house which guest can tour. This house, although renovated has been around since 1897; a must go to for history lovers or just for families looking for activities to do on a free afternoon!

Located in Crawfordville, Florida, the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is the perfect destination for anyone craving a weekend getaway. With a variety of activities that range from swimming, hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding, and kayaking, one is sure to find an activity that the entire family can enjoy. There is a camping ground where one can set up a tent to enjoy the wildlife scenery during the day and stargaze by night. If outside camping isn’t your thing, then worry not. A lodge is offered at the property so that one can enjoy nature while still feeling at home.

Egmont Key is a Florida State Park located in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of Tampa Bay. The park is primarily a wildlife refuge, and is accessible only by boat or ferry. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the views and abundance of wildlife that the park has to offer. There are multiple trails and unique historical sites here, including the ruins of Fort Dade: a 19th century era fort. Also present is a manned lighthouse that has stood since 1858. The remote nature of Egmont Key makes for a perfect getaway on its secluded beaches. However, this also means that there are no stores or drinking water to be found here. Come prepared, and enjoy a slice of the natural beauty that Florida has to offer!

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has many things to offer including walking information tours to get up close and personal with the surrounding wildlife in an underwater observatory. The park also provides a variety of animals including: manatees, alligators, black bears, red wolf, key deer, flamingos, whooping cranes, and a hippopotamus named Lu. At the park you can enjoy boat tours, swimming, hiking, picnics, bird watching, and more. These beautiful crystal waters provide a clear insight into what lies beneath the water while making it interesting for all ages. 

Residing in South Florida, Estero Bay Preserve State Park offers plenty of activities for those seeking something new and natural. Venture into the preserve either through the entrance at Winkler Point, Fort Meyers, or Estero River Scrub entrance. Hiking, cycling, and boating are some of the many things you can do to trek and explore this preserve with over 10,000 acres of natural land. 

Eureka West Recreation Area is a great outdoor, family-friendly place that offers exciting experiences like boating and fishing. The state park is wheelchair accessible. It also has a picnic pavilion and a boat ramp that is open 24 hours a day. The park itself is open from sunrise to sunset. Located in Marion County the park is about 4 miles north of State County Road 316 on the east side of Fort McCoy. 

A former site of a massive logging operation is now the largest state park in Florida, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and it is located in Copeland Florida. Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park curates an abundant amount of animal and plant species that can not be found anywhere else in the United States. The beauty of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park are the divisions within the park. It is divided into four areas, Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, East River, Jones Grade Lakes, and Jane's Memorial Scenic Drive. Along with the four main sections of the park it has a hiking trail and a biking trail as well. Once you take a walk within the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, you get led into the heart of the largest royal palm and bald cypress swamp in the world, making Fakahatchee State Park a park like no other. 

The Florida Caverns are the only above ground cavern in all of Florida accessible to tourists - and for the only cave in Florida, they are absolutely amazing. The park itself is massive and contains caves, beautifully diverse trails, and even a small yet deep spring that is available to swim in. 

Fanning Springs State Park is located along the Suwannee River and has crystal clear waters with a temperature of 72 degrees year-round; perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Along the beautiful blue waters, the park offers options for grilling and picnicking around the live oaks and a boardwalk leading you to a cypress swamp. The boardwalk also gives an amazing overlook of the Suwannee River and its amazing wildlife in their natural habitat. In the winter months it is common to see manatees swimming up towards the warmer waters and during summer months you can see musk turtles, bass mullet, freshwater flounder, and bowfin. Fanning Springs State Park is perfect for a day with family and friends to enjoy water activities and natural Florida sight-seeing throughout the entire park.

Faver-Dykes State Park offers a variety activities for nature enthusiasts. Longleaf pines and turkey oaks provide both shade and beauty for hikers venturing along Hiram-Faver and Pine Loop Trails. Colorful flicks from nature's paint brush in the form of wildflowers and blueberries grace these lands that once gave life to the Timucuan Indians. For the aquatically inclined, embark upon a journey down the Pellicer Creek. Head west to its freshwater beginnings or east to its salty embrace with the intracoastal. Bald eagles, manatees, river otters, and great blue herons call this many fingered waterway their home. Bask in these tranquil environs for an afternoon picnic or submerse yourself via a multi-night camping stay, either way this flora and fauna haven is a must see for all those visiting the northeast shores of Florida. 

Open 365 days a year, Felburn Park sits on 140-acres of property owned by the Felburn Foundation. Located on the south side of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, Felburn Park has several picnic pavilions, paved running trails, and a small playgrounds for the kiddos. If you find yourself heading west from the park along Withlacoochee Bay you will be running into multiple use platforms. These platforms are great for picnicking, taking a break from your run, or a day of fishing. Adding to Felburn Park is Phil's Lake. At this lake you will be able to find a number of freshwater fish. In addition, canoes, kayaks, and non-motorized crafts are allowed in the lake. 

Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park is filled with a rich history, a beautiful view. Once the site of the wooden Spanish Fort San Carlos, the park now hosts beautiful old Victorian houses, with the Plaza sill remaining. Sitting atop a bluff you will find an tranquil view of the Amelia river. It is the smallest state park in Florida, home to about 0.8 acres that offer a wonderful location for your next picnic. Sit on the bluffs watching the shrimp boats head out to sea, enjoy the breeze and salty air, and take in the history.

Did you know that caverns are pretty rare in the state of Florida? If you're in the area, this is the place to check out! Walking tours are available every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Caverns are a great way to spend a hot day because when you go under ground, it gets cooler. You'll see stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, and draperies while exploring the Florida Caverns. The cave passageways were actually enlarged by hand in the 1930s by workers so it was easier for visitors to stand rather than hunch down while they walked through. 

The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail is a 106 mile trail that runs throughout the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West. The trail is suited for pedestrians and bicyclists alike and parallels U.S. Highway 1. Carrying such designations as a National Scenic Highway and All-American Road. Park-goers and trail-goers can experience a wide range of activities such as skating, sightseeing, paddling, mountain biking, and boating to name a few.

The Forest Capital Museum State Park is dedicated to celebrating and showing Florida's beautiful pine trees. Weddings are often held at the Forest Capital Museum State Park due to the beautiful scenery. Well behaved dogs on leashes are permitted on site, except for indoors. The Forest Capital museum is onsite as well and its goal is to provide information on Florida's pine trees.

Fort Clinch State Park is one of the parks in Florida that holds much historical significance. As shown by the rows of cannons that are lined up across the St. Mary's River, it served as a strategic ground during the Civil War. The park offers tours with fun filled activities where one can learn about the historic events that took place at the site. During the first weekend of each month, one can relive the events that occurred in the battle field with the firing of the cannons and other battlefield demonstrations. 

 

Fort Cooper State Park offers a wide variety of natural sights and wonders. To start, Lake Holathlikaha is a pristine lake that is best viewed by boat or while kayaking across its majesty. Fort Cooper also boasts 700 acres of fertile lands covered in hiking trails to take in the beauty of Florida. 

Fort Foster State Historic site was originally a fort occupied by Col. William S. Foster and some 430 men. Today, the park can be enjoyed with a re-enactment of the conflict between the Seminole Nation and the U.S. military during the Second Seminole War. Park staff and re-enactors will be sure to provide families with a welcome trip into the history that sits in the backyard of Hillsborough River State Park with two living history events, featured annually in January and December: Fort Foster Rendezvous and the Candlelight Experience at Fort Foster.

Fort George Island is a state park like no other. It is quite the tourist attraction with several activities to partake, like boating, hiking, bird watching, geo-seeking, and many more. It is home to the stunning Kingsley Plantation and Ribault Club house that cater to many special events, secluded among one hundred acres of land with a breathtaking waterfront view. For an unforgettable experience, you can take a guided tour around the park and learn its historical roots while taking in the serene abundance of plant and animal life.

Fort Mose is an historic state park that offers visitors 40 acres of space for picnicking, birding, and historic sightseeing. The park opened in October 1994. It has garnished attention from the expansive knowledge on wildlife and also has one of the most interactive museums in any state park. It is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the United States for those fleeing slavery in the Carolinas

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is a beautiful park with a half-mile beach where citizens can surf, snorkel, swim, or scuba-dive. Fishing, picnicking, sight-seeing, and bicycling are other common activities. 

The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park is a great site for history buffs, beach lovers, and more. The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park touts Key West's favorite beach and is home to the largest collection of Civil War military memorabilia. Civil War reenactments are held every third weekend of the month at The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park. If you cannot make it on the third weekend either the tour guides or the interpretive panels tell how important The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park's role was in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. In addition to the the Civil War historical offerings, the park provides concession and restaurant, paddling, snorkeling, swimming, and fishing. Whether you want to learn about the Civil War on lounge around on the beach, The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park has something just for you.

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, formerly a WWII gunnery and bombing practice range, is now a stunning park full of longleaf pines. This park offers many different experiences including camping, beautiful fishing spots, geo-seeking, hiking, and biking paths. It's a perfect spot for a picnic underneath their picnic pavilion. This park is popular day spot with a playground, kayak and canoe launch, and it's pet friendly! It also offers RV camping with restroom facilities and a shower station. Come enjoy a relaxing day at the park and an out of this world Panhandle sunset.

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is a 16 mile trail that goes from Gainesville's Boulware Springs Park through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. This trail makes for a great day trip and is designed for walking, cycling, and horseback riding. Throughout the trail you're bound to see beautiful overlooks as well as plenty of wildlife and plant communities. They have parking available at four trailheads for your convenience. Fishing is permitted in specific parts of the trail bridges at Prairie Creek and Lochloosa Creek. Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is perfect for discovering old Florida history.

Gasparilla Island State Park offers guests many activities, including snorkeling, swimming, shelling, and nature-watching. The star of the park is the restored Port Boca Grande Lighthouse built in 1890. 

General James A. Van Fleet State Trail named after General James A. Van Fleet, a prominent Polk county resident, who was a U.S. military commanding officer. He is most recognized for his service during the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Korean War. The General James A. Van Fleet Trail runs 29.2 miles long and passes through Florida's most widely sought out paddling havens like the Peace, Hillsborough, and Withlacoochee rivers. The horse trail parallel to the General James A. Van Fleet Trail and provides a place for equestrians to ride their horses. The General James A. Van Fleet Trail is pet-friendly, it has wheelchair accessibility, restroom facilities, and a picnic pavilion.

This state park contains of one mile long pedestrian only fishing bridge where visitors can catch a variety of fish with a hook. It's one of the best fishing areas on the Northeast side of Florida, so it's a must to check out if you're looking for a great place to relax with a fishing pole. To get to the bridge, visitors have to travel through Amelia Island State Park but it's a beautiful drive full of natural scenery and you might even get a few glimpses of the wildlife that live there. 

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is a collection of natural springs that produce about 44 million gallons of water per day. The spring is called the Gilchrist Blue because of its clear, gorgeous blue waters. The main spring is known for its wildlife including turtles, fish, and invertebrates. Water activities such as paddle boarding, swimming, and snorkeling are all common at the spring head and spring run. Other activities at the park include hiking, nature trails, and picnicking. Pavilions are available that offer a food concession stand and beverage service. Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is ideal for a day surrounded by nature and beautiful waters with the whole family. 

Grayton Beach State Park is a 2200 acre park featuring beautiful natural beaches with rolling dunes covered in sea oats and snowy white sand along emerald waters. Located between Panama City Beach and Destin in the Northwest Region of Florida right next to the town of Seaside. Grayton Beach State Park is Florida at it's most natural state with nature trails, nature trails, boating, fishing (both saltwater and freshwater), and swimming. 

If you're looking for an unforgettable natural escape, look no further! Witness the breathtaking hammocks, flatwoods, marshes, swamps, and much more as you paddle board along the blackwater creek of Haw Creek Preserve all the way to Crescent Lake. Try to spot the native wildlife on your tour, and see why anglers call the swamps a prime fishing location. You can also help employees fulfill the Florida State Parks' mission and learn about the park's fascinating history and origin during your stay, but don't forget to keep an eye out for the moss hung cypress trees. They're quite the tourist attraction.

Henderson Beach State Park  has something in store for everyone! From a nature trail to sandy white beaches, Henderson Beach State Park is a must for those who love the beach and nature in general. 

Highland Hammock State Park is a Florida State Park located west of Sebring in Highlands County, off of U.S. 27. It is one of the four original Florida State Parks, and is home to the state's only Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. The park is over 9000 acres of ancient oak hammocks and floodplain forests, and possesses some of Florida’s most unique and diverse collection of plant and animal life. Black bears, tortoises, Florida panthers, deer, alligators, and a variety of birds can be found roaming this massive park. Wildlife viewers will appreciate that Highland Hammock is also a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. There are multiple campsites and nine nature trails, with ranger-guided tours consistently available throughout the year. Stock up on bug repellent, and come experience the real natural Florida at its best.

This is a beautiful state park near the downtown Tampa area. There are over seven miles of natural trails to enjoy and it's also a great place to go for a swim on a hot day. Hillsborough River State Park is also home to Fort Foster State Historic Site, where they do occasional living-history demonstrations of life at Fort Foster. There are two occasions throughout the year: Fort Foster Rendezvous in January and the Candlelight Experience at Fort Foster in December. Both events are historical and neat to view, so be sure to check it out if you're close enough. They also tell you all about the fort and the part it played in the Second Seminole War. 

Whether you're hiking, picnicking, or just looking for a place to take in some fresh air on a mid-morning run, the Historic Santos Recreation Area has an activity waiting for you. Located near a former historic Negro League baseball field, the site offers plenty of recreational opportunities, as well as an annual celebration of Historic Santos on the last Saturday in February. 

If you're looking for a peaceful escape, Honeymoon Island State Park is the place to find it. As its name suggests, it's a natural getaway with an abundance of activities and amenities to explore. Discover miles of beach and pine forests on a trail as you identify the native wildlife to the area, like horned owls and gopher tortoises. You can partake in activities like paddling, surfing, picnicking at one of their pavilions, or even hold a wedding ceremony near the playground, but the getaway's comforting nature and unforgettable sights truly make the ideal park experience.

Spanning over 1600 acres, the Hontoon Island State Park is home to all different types of Florida wildlife ranging from warblers to limpkins to kingfishers. In addition to the vast variety of wildlife the Hontoon Island State Park is a place that offers primitive camping, boating, bicycling, paddling, and more. 

Ichetucknee Springs is a 2,669-acre State Park located in North Florida. Its main attraction are the 8 major crystalline springs. They join together to create the six-mile long Ichetucknee River, perfect for tubing, kayaking, and snorkeling! The park offers Paddling Adventures rentals, where guest can rent equipment and get access to the park's transportation services such as shuttle buses, ensuring they make the most out of their time at the park. The General Store offers both hot and cold dining options, including hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and ice cream that guests can enjoy at the outdoor picnic tables located throughout the park. In addition to these attractions, the park is a safe haven to many wildlife species such as beaver, otter, gar, softshell turtle, wild turkey, wood duck, and limpkin. Guests may catch a glimpse of many of these critters as they explore any of the park's three nature trails, guiding visitors through lush forests, sandhill plains, and the towering longleaf pine environments preserved here. Whether you're a nature enthusiast or just looking for a way to cool off in the Florida heat, Ichetucknee Springs offers fun for guests of all interests and ages!

Indian Key Historic State Park is a small island only accessible via boat. It can be an ideal location for those looking to swim, sunbathe, and hike along with other activities. Open year round starting at 8am to sundown, this historic park sits on 11 acres and only 1/2 mile off shore. Back in the 1800's it was business salvaging cargo for the Florida Keys. It is a great visit for a day of animal watching and kayaking in which you can easily see a stingray and maybe even a shark. 

The Indian River Lagoon Preserve is home to one of the most protected wetlands and salt marshes in Florida, giving visitors a chance to see breathtaking landscapes brimming with diverse wildlife and native exotic plants. This hidden gem has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water and is revered as one of North America’s Estuaries of National Significance.

The Inglis Bypass Recreation Area is a popular fishing spot for fresh and saltwater species with two picnic pavilions located nearby to enjoy the day in the shade. Additionally, mowed grass paths run Eastward along the Bypass Canal, creating an idea environment for hiking, biking, and other recreational activities.

The Inglis Dam & Recreation Area is home to a historic dam that was built in the early 1900s. It offers several unique experiences. Visitors are able to go horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, boating, and more.

The Inglis Lock Recreation Area has recreational things to do like taking a leisurely walk, running, and biking along the trail. Located about an hour south of Gainesville, the Inglis Lock Recreation Area is in close proximity to the western end of the Cross Florida Greenway and has been inoperable since 1999. The Inglis Lock Recreation Area sits on over 70,000 acres of land with over 1200 of that land being used for multi-purpose trails. In addition to the trails the Inglis Lock Recreation Area has freshwater bank fishing, saltwater fishing, wildlife viewing opportunities and more. Don't forget to get your Inglis Lock Recreation Area stamp when you visit. 

John D. MacArthur State Park is a Florida State Park located on Singer Island in North Palm Beach. In the 1970s, businessman John D. MacArthur donated 348 acres for the construction of the park, which was first opened to the public in 1989. MacArthur Park is a natural barrier island that provides refuge for several endangered plant and animal species, mainly because it features a rare mixture of coastal areas, along with two distinct types of tropical forests: hardwood hammock and mangrove. Many species of birds and rare turtles can be found here. This also makes MacArthur State Park popular for all types of water sport enthusiasts.

Weeki Wache Springs State Park includes Florida's only spring-fed water park with cool 72-degree water. Approximately 45 minutes north of Tampa, this State Park includes Buccaneer Bay, with an all natural lazy river, a children's play area, water slides that go into the spring, and a mermaid show. 

This is a local park that features three fenced in areas and has water bowls, picnic tables, and other amenities for the whole family.

Auburndale Dog Park is a local park with equipment for you animals and a grass area to play. Also, it has a nature trail as well for the pet owners to enjoy.

Get access to this amazing dog park for a fee of $25 annually or $5 a day. There are a lot of amenities here for your pup to enjoy including a fenced in area and dog training courses.

Barkland Dog Park is a beautiful park that is a little over 2 acres with separate areas for big and smaller dogs. This park features covered pavilions and a dog washing station.

Cady Way Park is a small park in the city of Winter Park that caters to children. There is a great playground equipment set for them to run around and play on as well as a swimming pool close by. Parents can watch their kids from the benches or the pavilion that sits close by. 

Canine Cove has different sections for large and small dogs. It also has great amenities such as picnic tables, benches, and dog fountains. All fun for the whole family!

Central Park in Winter Park is a wonderfully peaceful place to visit for anyone who wants to get out and enjoy a sunny day. There is plenty of grassy areas for kids to play and laugh in, walkways for those who want to take a stroll, and even a rose garden to enjoy when they are in bloom. With benches for relaxing and fountains to enjoy, this is a great trip outside the house.  

This is a great off-leash fenced in dog park with benches and a dog drinking area near downtown Jacksonville.

This is a local dog park with large and small areas and amenities such as benches and watering stations. 

While this is a smaller dog park, it still features a pet shower, bench, and even a pet memorial bridge. All for man's best friend!

This beautiful 42 acre park including 25 fenced acres has many fun activities that you can do with your dog including jogging and walking trails, as well as swimming ponds.

This is a community park where the whole family can come together at one park and enjoy the day outdoors. It has everything for the whole family including a splash pad and nature path.

Dreher Dog Park is a local dog park that has large and small dog areas and is not well known, but is welcoming to everyone.

Listed as a historic place in Florida, visitors of this park can learn all about Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid 1940s through the generations of the Dudley family. The property consists of 18 buildings, including the farmhouse that still houses the original furniture, an 1880's kitchen outbuilding, a general store, post office, and a functional cane syrup complex. It's extra fun here since the park staff dress up in period clothing to go about their general chores, like raising the crops and tending to the livestock. If you've ever been curious to how a farm really worked more than one hundred years ago, this is a great throw back in time to check out. There are also some nature trails here that are perfect for hikers and gardens that are beautiful to enjoy when everything is blooming. 

Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Located near the area of Clearwater, Fort De Soto Park is a beautiful place to take the children to play in the sand or walk the shore line with a significant other. The sands are sugary white and waters are blue, it really does make for the perfect setting for something special. The grounds are just over 1,100 acres full of natural beauty. With a wonderful beach, play area for the kids, and so much to explore, this is the perfect sunny day outing for a group of friends or a family. 

Fort De Soto Park

This is a local park that features sections for large and small dogs and a hose station. It also has dog water fountains inside of the gated areas.

This dog park is a 4.5 acre dog park that is fenced in with two areas for smaller dogs and larger dogs. It has great amenities as well, such as water fountains for dogs and shaded areas.

Howell Branch Preserve has a playground for kids but the entirety of the park is fitness based for adults. Sitting on a little more than ten acres of land, Howell Branch Preserve has a walkway for adults who want to exercise. There are even little exercise stations throughout the park to use freely. 

Jay Blanchard Park houses a bunch of activities for people of all ages to partake in. There's a playground for the younger kids, plenty of grassy areas for the older kids to play a game of soccer, pavilions for family get togethers, tennis courts, and a paved eight mile road for walkers, joggers, runners, bikers, and even those who want to roller blade. 

Kraft Azalea Garden is a beautifully tranquil place for a leisurely stroll with a loved one and/or four legged friends. Sitting next to Lake Maitland, the views from this garden are spectacular and it makes for a peaceful afternoon. 

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon with a friend or maybe a few family members. This place is for the nature lovers as it is wetlands where a multitude of animals live. There are over 300 different species of birds that can be seen while on this 11-mile driving loop. Other animals that can be seen here are alligators, turtles, river otters, bobcats, coyotes, and the occasional bear and deer meandering through the wooded areas. If you decide to drive it can take from 1-2 hours to enjoy the natural scenery, but walkers, joggers, bicyclers, and horseback riders are encouraged to enjoy the natural sights at Lake Apopka. 

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Lake Baldwin Park is a beautiful shady park with a sandy beach attached. It is one of the only two parks in this area that is dog friendly and where dogs can be off the leash. It is also known for its great scenery and beautiful landscapes.

These are two local gated parks that large and small dogs can come to. They are closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

This is a local dog park that has plenty of shade and water fountains for both dogs and humans as well as other great amenities that include two separate areas for larger and smaller animals.

This is a dog park that features two separate areas for larger and smaller dogs, picnic tables, a dog wash area, and a hitching post. 

This is a fenced in dog park that is both a place for people to socialize and a healthy place for their furry friends. It is also a place for pet owners to get information about taking care of their pets.

Mill Slough Park has an enclosed fenced area where dogs of any size can play. There is also an open area and picnic tables so you can enjoy the nature around the area.

Within walking distance from downtown, this dog park features many amenities. It has two off-leash areas for larger and smaller dogs as well as shade and benches.

One of the oldest dog park in Central Florida that features art in dog form and water areas for animals to roam around in.

Paw Patch Dog Park is an off-leash 2 acre dog park that features a dog fountain, a pavilion, and other great amenities for the whole family to enjoy.

Pawmosa Dog Park features an acre of shaded area for pups to run around in. Two areas for small and bigger dogs so it is a safe place for all to visit and enjoy. 

Paws Dog Park at Treaty Park has small and large dog areas that are separated. There are two dog park areas with watering holes, shaded areas with benches, and other great amenities. 

Phelps Park is a great place to take the kids when looking for something cheap and fun to do in the Winter Park area! Parents can sit on the benches while kids play in the grassy areas of the park or the playground equipment!

This is a dog park that features a double gated entry, areas for small and larger dogs, and lots of shade.

This dog park features dog wash area, separate areas for large and smaller dogs, and a board walk area.

Shady Park is a great place to take kids for a simple afternoon! The playground equipment will keep them busy and the spray ground is super fun when it's working from April to October!

Tropical Park's Bark Park is a 2 acre part off the main park and has numerous amounts of equipment that can be used as exercise for your dog. Check out the fenced in area so your dog can simply enjoy the grass or run off-leash.

This dog park features a 5-acre off-leash area that animals and their owners to come and enjoy along the beach area.

This beach has been taken over by the dogs! With about 24 acres of beach property, dogs are welcomed to enjoy the water and sand. They have other great amenities as well, such as fishing and pavilions.

 

Sitting on 66.44 acres of land, Ward Park is an exercise lovers dream! There are baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, soccer fields, and football fields as well bike trails, hiking trails, and an asphalt walking path. There is also playground equipment for children and picnic tables to enjoy the afternoon with friends and family. 

The Winter Springs Dog park is located in Central Winds Park and offers amenities for both you and your dog. Closed on Wednesday for maintenance. 

 

Florida State Park system has over 170 state parks that includes trails, springs, lakes and offers an array of activities including swimming, diving, birding, fishing and hiking or biking on the natural trails. The Florida State Park website has an interactive map to all of Florida's State Parks. Search by Region, Accessible Amenities and Pet Friendliness. 

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