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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Ximenez-Fatio House

One of St. Augustine’s most authentic historic sites, a 19th century haven for writers and tourists. Fragrant orange trees introduce visitors to this remarkably preserved inn. Displays... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: Saint Augustine

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Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

245-acre award-winning park with 3 miles of trails & boardwalks. Features five unique ecosystems: hardwood hammocks, sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, willow marsh and lake shore.... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: Saint Petersburg

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Pier Aquarium, Inc.

Surrounded by the teeming sea life of Tampa Bay, The Pier Aquarium is a 2,000 sq. ft. private, nonprofit aquarium with live and static exhibits and fully functional outdoor marine education... Read More

Region: Central

County: Pinellas

City: Saint Petersburg

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Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center

Weedon Island Preseve Cultural and Natural History Center is an environmental and cultural education facilty with a 6,000 sq ft museum exhibit hall, classroom, auditorium, and art gallery... Read More

Region: Central

County: Pinellas

City: Saint Petersburg

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Central Florida Zoological Park

Enter the lush tropical world of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. A relaxing, entertaining and educational experience for the entire family. We’ve been at our present... Read More

Region: Central

County: Seminole

City: Sanford

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Tarpon Bay Explorers at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Tarpon Bay Explorers present Sanibel’s ancient history through naturalist-guided and self-guided kayak tours on Commodore Creek, a trail used by the ancient Calusas. The Shell Mound... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Sanibel Island

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Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Crowley contains 185 acres of sensitive lands along the Myakka River. We are open four days per week, and close the park three days per week in order to allow the animals opportunity... Read More

Region: South

County: Sarasota

City: Sarasota

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is one of Sarasota’s most treasured attractions, home to a wide variety of tropical, exotic plant species that showcase colorful displays and alluring... Read More

Region: South

County: Sarasota

City: Sarasota

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Mote Aquarium

From its humble beginnings in tiny shed in a small Florida town, Mote Marine Laboratory has expanded to include a 10.5-acre campus in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations and public... Read More

Region: South

County: Sarasota

City: Sarasota

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Highlands Hammock State Park

One of Florida´s oldest parks, opening to the public in 1931, this park was established when local citizens came together to promote the hammock as a candidate for national park status.... Read More

Region: Central

County: Highlands

City: Sebring

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