Florida's Natural Places

Florida has some of the most beautiful natural places in the world and Florida makes it a priority to keep natural places preserved. Because of Florida's vast environments and habitats, each region of Florida is unique.

Florida could be nicknamed "The Water State" because not only is it nearly surrounded by water, Florida is composed of countless marshes, springs, swamps, lakes, rivers and ponds. Water is Florida's most important natural resource. Lake Okeechobee is the largest lake and drains into the Florida Everglades. St. Johns river is the largest river in Florida.

Florida is known widely for it's beaches which offers nature at it's finest. While South Florida has more swampy areas, northern Florida is where you will find beautiful rolling hills and some of the most natural Florida Springs and Rivers. 

Beaches | Coastal Areas | National Seashores | State Parks | National Parks | Local ParksPreserves | Sinkholes | Everglades | Florida Aquifer | Forests | Lakes | Caves | Rivers, Creeks & Streams | Springs | Wetlands 

Walk the path of the early Florida settlers along the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail and visit the oldest metal bridge in Florida. The historic Bellamy Bridge is located west of the western end of the Chipola River bridge and is known for The Bellamy Bridge Ghost - a character in one of the most well-known Florida ghost stories!

Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail

The Crowley Museum & Nature Center is an excellent way for families to experience the history of old Florida. The museum contains a pioneer cabin, a blacksmith shop, a working sugar cane mill, and tons of artifacts for you to check out. The nature center offers the Children’s Discovery Path, where children can learn in a fun, hands on way, and a boardwalk that takes visitors through 5 Florida habitats and ends with an observation tower overlooking the marsh and the Myakka River. 

Crowley Museum & Nature Center

Historic Spanish Point is a historical museum and environmental site. It focuses on collecting items that fit in with their 4 P's: Prehistory, Pioneers, Palmer, and Plants. There are tons of historical items and stories collected here that showcase the prehistory and pioneering periods of the area. Palmer represents Bertha Palmer, a Chicago socialite who moved to Florida in 1910 and once owned this land, beginning the preservation that makes this museum special. Plants are showcased in the museums nature trails and boardwalks, which house local plants and wildlife and keep records of the ecological history of the area as well. The museum hosts many events and is available as a venue rental.

Historic Spanish Point