Gardens and Parks

Juan Ponce de León set foot ashore in 1513 and gave the land its name, La Florida, the flowery land.  This name was in part because Ponce de León ‘s landing was during the spring season – during Pascua Florida, or Flowery Easter, celebrated in Spanish Catholicism – as well as the incredible natural beauty of our state. You too can 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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Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

This 20 acre coastal preserve is a destination you don’t want to miss!  Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is surrounded by a rare remnant of tropical hardwood hammock, located on a barrier... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: Boca Raton

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Naples Botanical Garden

Between the 26th latitude north where Naples is situated, and the 26th latitude south are some of the world’s most diverse plant communities and interesting cultures. Our subtropical... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Naples

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University of South Florida Botanical Gardens

Attracting about 35,000 visitors annually, the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens consists of about 16 acres of gardens and greenbelt on the USF Tampa campus. The Gardens... Read More

Region: Central

County: Hillsborough

City: Tampa

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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo and yet much more than a walk-through zoo. The Zoo features a full day of fun activities. The paved path winds nearly a mile past rare and... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Naples

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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the Rookery Bay Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Naples

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Old Fort and Riversde Park: Turnbull Colony Ruins County Historic Site

This 17 acre historic site contains the ruins of a the highly functional sugar mill, as well as other buildings, which were destroyed during the war between the Seminole Indians and... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: New Smyrna Beach

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Dudley Farm Historic State Park

This historic state park is a unique remaining example of a historic Florida farm from the mid-1800s. Located on a 333-acre site, this typical early Florida farm is comprised of 18... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Alachua

City: Newberry

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Arch Creek Historic and Archaeological Park

Arch Creek Park was created around a natural limestone bridge formation that was once part of an important trail first used by the Tequesta around 2,000 years ago and later by the Seminoles... Read More

Region: South

County: Miami-Dade

City: North Miami

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John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

A unique mixture of coastal and tropical hammock and mangrove forest, this barrier island provides a haven for several rare or endangered native tropical and coastal plant species.... Read More

Region: South

County: Miami-Dade

City: Singer Island, North Palm Beach

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Seminole Rest, Canaveral National Seashore

Seminole Rest consists of several prehistoric shell mounds dating from 4,000 years ago to 1565. Snyder’s Mound, the largest mound at this site, is unique because few mounds this large... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: Oak Hill

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