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55 Parks to explore in Florida

Florida

Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues. The state's economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center.

Blue Spring State Park
Blue Spring State Park2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, USA

In 1972, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection acquired Blue Spring State Park to initiate its manatee protection program.

Boulware Springs Park
Boulware Springs Park3300 SE 15th St, Gainesville, FL 32641, USA

As well as picnic facilities, there is an area to park and unload horses to ride along the state trail at Bolware Springs Park.

Butterfly World
Butterfly WorldTradewinds Park, 3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33073, USA

Opened in 1988, it is the largest butterfly park in the world, and the first park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The facility houses around 20,000 live butterflies. In addition to the birds and butterfly exhibits, visitors can view the laboratory where the butterflies are raised and can see the different stages including eggs, caterpillars, and pupae.

Camp Helen State Park
Camp Helen State Park23937 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, USA

Located west of Panama City Beach, in northwestern Florida, Camp Helen State Park is a Florida State Park and historic site.

Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach
Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda BeachState Hwy 402, Titusville, FL 32780, USA

The park was established by an act of Congress on January 3, 1975, on a barrier island. More than 1,000 plant species and 310 bird species can be found in the Canaveral National Seashore.

Cascades Park
Cascades Park1001 S Gadsden St, Tallahassee, FL 32301, USA

This is a 24-acre park along the stream known as the St. Augustine Branch in Tallahassee, Florida. It is a Nationally Registered Historic Place because it influenced the territorial government's choice of the capital city's location. It also contains Florida's Prime meridian marker monument which is the foundation point for most land mapping throughout Florida.

Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park12301 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955, USA

Located on the coast of Charlotte Harbor, Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park covers 46,000 acres (190 km2).

Clam Pass Park
Clam Pass Park465 Seagate Dr, Naples, FL 34103, USA

Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve is a Florida State Park, which is open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).

Collier-Seminole State Park
Collier-Seminole State Park20200 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL 34114, USA

At the Collier-Seminole State Park you can picnic, hike, bicycle, canoe, camp, view wildlife, fish, and boat. Among the facilities are an RV park, four pavilion picnic shelters, a boat ramp, and a campground with youth, group, and primitive campsites.

Coral Castle
Coral Castle28655 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL 33033, USA

Coral Castle is an oolite limestone structure created by the Latvian-American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin. The structure comprises numerous megalithic stones, mostly limestone formed from coral, each weighing several tons. It is currently a privately operated tourist attraction.

Cross Florida Barge Canal
Cross Florida Barge CanalCrystal River, FL 34428, USA

In places, the Cross Florida Barge Canal, now called the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, measures more than one and a half miles (1.6 km) wide.

Crystal River Archaeological State Park
Crystal River Archaeological State Park3400 N Museum Point, Crystal River, FL 34428, USA

Crystal River State Archaeological Site contains a six-mound complex that dates back to the Deptford period, the Santa Rosa-Swift Creek culture, and the Late Fort Walton period.

Crystal River Preserve State Park
Crystal River Preserve State Park3266 N Sailboat Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428, USA

Crystal River Preserve State Park offers an array of recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, fishing (freshwater, near shore, and saltwater), birding, and observing nature.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204, USA

It was founded in 1961 after the death of Ninah Cummer, who bequeathed her gardens and personal art collection to the new museum. The permanent collection of the museum currently includes over 5,000 works of art dating from 2100 BCE to the twenty-first century. The museum's collection is especially strong in European and American paintings and also includes substantial holdings of Meissen porcelain.

De León Springs State Park
De León Springs State Park601 Ponce Deleon Blvd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130, USA

De Leon Springs State Park has a land area of 625 acres. State parks in Florida are open from 8 a.m. to sundown every day of the year (including holidays).

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples, FL 34108, USA

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park was named after Joe Wiggins, who lived in the late 1800s. Traders and Seminoles traded goods at his trading post. In 1964, Collier County acquired the land with the help of Lester J. and Dellora A. Norris.

Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park4732 Millhopper Rd, Gainesville, FL 32653, USA

Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park is only 71 acres (29 ha), but three distinct ecological environments exist in the park, depending on the amount of sun, fire, and water it receives.

Don Pedro Island State Park
Don Pedro Island State Park8450 Placida Rd, Placida, FL 33946, USA

Don Pedro Island State Park is only accessible by boat and is open from 8:00 am till sundown year-round.

Dudley Farm Historic State Park
Dudley Farm Historic State Park18730 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669, USA

The Dudley Farm Historic State Park (Florida) is a U.S. historic district and museum park in Newberry, Florida.

Erna Nixon Park
Erna Nixon Park1200 Evans Rd, West Melbourne, FL 32904, USA

Erna Nixon Park is a public park. There are ferns and old live oaks in the park with Spanish moss hanging from them. Several species of birds and small animals live there, including the gopher tortoise and indigo snake.

Map of Parks to explore in Florida