Gardens and Parks

From beautiful beaches to sprawling forests, the gardens and parks preserved in northwest Florida are unique places to hike, paddle, learn and breathe in the refreshing atmosphere of the real Florida. Experience Florida’s natural beauty year-round in our botanical gardens, as well as in our national and state parks and preserves, showcasing collections of native and exotic plants.

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Fort Gadsden Historic Site

Sited on the east bank of the Apalachicola River on Prospect Bluff, the known military use of this location dates back to the 1814 construction of a British post. After the British... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Sumatra

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Fort Barrancas

One of three forts designed to protect the United States Navy Yard, Fort Barrancas was completed in 1844 on a bluff overlooking Pensacola Bay. Defenses included two other major separate... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Goodwood Museum and Gardens

The Goodwood estate was assembled in the 1830s by Hardy Croom of North Carolina. Plans for a full-time Florida residence were dashed when he, his wife and three children perished in... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

The Lake Jackson Mounds Site encompasses six earthen temple mounds and one possible burial mound. Artifacts recovered during excavations show that the site is part of a larger southeastern... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Letchworth-Love Mound Archaeological State Park

The Letchworth Mounds site includes Florida’s tallest recorded Native American ceremonial mound at 46 feet in height. The people who built the mound are believed to have been members... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jefferson

City: Monticello

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Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

Natural Bridge is the site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida and where the St. Marks River drops into a sinkhole and flows underground for one-quarter of a mile before... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Woodville

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San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

Located at the confluence of the St. Marks and Wakulla Rivers, Native Americans used the site of Fort San Marcos de Apalache for thousands of years. The fort was built by the Spanish... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: St. Marks

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Velda Mound

Built by Apalachees around 500 years ago, Velda mound was likely the foundation platform for the leader’s house. An interpretive panel at the site explains the site’s origins.

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee,

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Fort Pickens

Constructed on the western edge of Santa Rosa Island, Fort Pickens is the largest of four forts designed to defend Pensacola after the War of 1812.  The fort was begun in 1829,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer and birds. Daily guided... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: Wakulla Springs

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