Florida State Parks

Things to do at Florida State Parks

Plan your adventure to any of Florida's 175 award-winning state parks, trails and historic sites, and experience the Real Florida. Florida State Parks feature hidden gems and popular destinations throughout the state. No matter where you go in Florida, a state park is right around the corner, waiting to be discovered.

Did You Know?

Interesting & useful facts

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Twenty-one Florida state parks from Pensacola to the Florida Keys provide cabins for overnight stays.

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The Florida Park Service protects 108 miles of natural beaches where sea turtle nesting regularly occurs.

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Florida State Parks is the nation’s only four-time recipient of the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Gold Medal award

News About Florida State Parks

Lake Louisa State Park: A Natural Oasis

Just 30 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando awaits an oasis that showcases Florida’s natural beauty. Lake Louisa State Park is the perfect getaway…

Escape to Caladesi Island State Park

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Florida's State Parks Are Hidden Gems

Florida's state parks are often overlooked by visitors who have no idea that they are by passing some absolute hidden gems. One such park is Silver Springs. Before…

Experience The Real Florida

From winding rivers and an endless shoreline featuring some of the world’s most beautiful beaches – through forests and swamps, deep caverns and towering dunes – to springs that bring life for the future, and historical places that connect to Florida’s past – these are Florida’s state parks. Unique places to explore and discover – to connect with nature, and one another.

Plan your adventure to any of Florida’s 175 award-winning state parks, trails and historic sites, and experience the Real Florida. Florida State Parks feature hidden gems and popular destinations throughout the state – No matter where you go in Florida, a state park is right around the corner, waiting to be discovered.

Florida State Parks feature experiences and adventures for all:

  • Enjoy a day at the beach, surfing, collecting seashells or soaking up the sun.
  • Kayak, canoe or swim in the natural waters of Florida.
  • Enjoy a relaxing float along a pristine, spring-fed river.
  • Hike, bike or run through trails and take in the beautiful scenery of Florida.
  • Spot unique Florida wildlife, such as sea turtles, manatees, shorebirds and more.
  • See the stars and stay overnight at a campground or cabin.

Visitors may make campsite or cabin reservations from one day to 11 months in advance by calling toll-free 1-800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time, or by making a reservation online with ReserveAmerica.

For more information about park experiences, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org/experiences-amenities

To find Florida State Parks that have accessible amenities, visit the website or contact the state park you wish to visit ahead of time to inquire about accessibility. Contact information for each state park is listed on its designated webpage.

Website: FloridaStateParks.org

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Caladesi Island State Park

One of the few untouched islands along the Gulf Coast, Caladesi Island State Park is accessible only by boat (catch the Caladesi Connection ferry at Honeymoon Island State Park). Whether it is a stroll along the island’s pristine beaches or a kayak trip through the bayside mangrove forest, a trip to Caladesi Island is an unforgettable experience.

Silver Springs State Park

Explore one of America’s largest and best loved springs from Silver Springs State Park’s famous glass bottom boats and discover a fascinating underwater world. Enjoy one of the many daily trips up and down the Silver River where guests have the unique opportunity to see below the surface of the water and enjoy the river’s underwater life, vegetation and historical and cultural artifacts.

There are many ways to experience this fascinating place – Enjoy paddling down the river or walking a beautiful nature trail, dine or stop by Paradise Café for a scoop of ice cream, or immerse yourself further by staying overnight!

Lake Louisa State Park

Just a short drive from Orlando and popular theme parks, Lake Louisa State Park is the perfect natural getaway, providing space to relax and unwind between theme park visits. In fact, overnight visitors can enjoy Disney’s fireworks display from atop the peaceful hills of Lake Louisa State Park.

Stay overnight at Lake Louisa in a primitive campsite or cabin, or camp in the lap of luxury with a unique “Glamping” experience, which offers the excitement of the great outdoors without sacrificing the comforts of home. When you book a glamping trip at Lake Louisa, you’ll be greeted by a fully set-up campsite with your own selected add-ons for special luxury and space.

Big Talbot Island State Park

Located near Jacksonville, Big Talbot Island State Park is a natural preserve providing a premier location for fishing, kayaking, boating or strolling along undisturbed trails and beaches. Sculpted by nature, this shoreline boasts 30-foot bluffs and a striking beach peppered with massive, spell-bindingly gorgeous driftwood trees that harken images of an elephant graveyard, aptly nicknamed Bone Yard Beach.

Other Popular Florida State Parks in Central Florida

Blue Spring State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Homosassa Springs State Park

Myakka River State Park

Honeymoon Island State Park

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

 

Website: FloridaStateParks.org

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