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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Turtle Mound Trail, Canaveral National Seashore

At almost 45 feet in height, Turtle Mound is one of the tallest shell middens in Florida. It is an impressive site situated on a narrow strip of land between the old Intercoastal Waterway... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: Oak Hill

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Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center

This museum is located within the Silver River State Park and is operated by the Marion County School District in cooperation with the park. The “American Civil War in Marion County”... Read More

Region: Central

County: Marion

City: Ocala

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Big Cypress National Preserve Oasis Visitor Center

The Big Cypress Swamp became a refuge for Seminole and Miccosukee people remaining in Florida at the end of the Third Seminole War in 1858. Today, a large portion of the swamp is within... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Ochopee

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Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

At the Battle of Olustee on February 20, 1864, Confederate soldiers turned back a Union thrust through Florida in the state’s largest Civil War battle. Union Brigadier General Truman... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Baker

City: Olustee

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Harry P. Leu Gardens, Leu House Museum

Explore an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis minutes from downtown Orlando. Each garden is designed specifically to further our mission: inspire visitors to appreciate and understand... Read More

Region: Central

County: Orange

City: Orlando

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Butterfly World

Tropical Flowering Gardens with rare plants and trees from all over the world. Many plants are only found in this paradise of flowers. Butterfly World is known for its large collection... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Coconut Creek

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Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens

The The Ormond Art Museum & Gardens opened in 1946 as a living monument to creative freedom and the service of World War I and II veterans. The gardens are located in a lush, two-and-a-half-acre... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: Ormond Beach

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Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point is 30 acre historic, archaeological, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay. Discover 5,000 years of history while enjoying the surrounding natural... Read More

Region: South

County: Sarasota

City: Osprey

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Ravine State Gardens

A ravine was created over thousands of years by water flowing from the sandy ridges on the shore of the St. Johns River. In 1933, this ravine was transformed into a dramatic garden... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Putnam

City: Palatka

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Florida Agricultural Museum

The Florida Agricultural Museum preserves heritage livestock breeds of Iberian descent. We own herds of Florida Cracker Horses and Cattle, both of which are among the rarest livestock... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Flagler

City: Palm Coast

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