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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The Mennello Museum of American Art

The Mennello Museum of American Art was founded in 1998 by the City of Orlando with a generous selection of paintings by self-taught artist Earl Cunningham (1893-1977) donated from... Read More

Region: Central

County: Orange

City: Orlando

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Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

Completed in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Palm Beach estate, is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum. Highlights include tours, exhibits,... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: Palm Beach

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Marine Science Center

The Marine Science Center offers a wide variety of programs and activities for children and adults throughout the year. Students young and old can discover the many wonders of marine... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: Ponce Inlet

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Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park

Also called the "Gibraltar of the Gulf," construction on Fort Jefferson began in 1846 at the western end of the Florida Keys to protect the Florida Straits. It is the largest... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Garden Key

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Turkey Creek Sanctuary and the Margaret Hames Nature Center

As part of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) program and the East Florida section of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Turkey Creek Sanctuary is 130 acres of... Read More

Region: Central

County: Brevard

City: Palm Bay

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Loxahatchee River Environmental Center

The beautiful aquariums at the Loxahatchee River Environmental Center trace the Loxahatchee River from its headwaters in Palm Beach County, through the cypress dominated floodplain... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: Jupiter

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Loggerhead Key Lighthouse

Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands.  Accessible only by... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1931 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds. As one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: St. Marks

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Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

Explore the inspired world of internationally acclaimed sculptor Albin Polasek. Tour his home, galleries and chapel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Linger in lush... Read More

Region: Central

County: Orange

City: Winter Park

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Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

Named for Juan Ponce de León, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513, Ponce de Leon Springs State Park features a crystal clear spring where the water temperature... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Holmes

City: Ponce de Leon

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