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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Castillo de San Marcos

Unique among national parks, the Castillo de San Marcos, a national monument, encompasses nearly 450 years of history and culture. A few years after Menéndez founded St. Augustine... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Dow Museum of Historic Houses, Old St. Augustine Village

Step back in time and enjoy the St. Augustine legacy of avid collector Kenneth Dow. Explore period-decorated historic houses and galleries nestled among courtyards and gardens. The... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Fort Matanzas National Monument

This National Monument commemorates the killing of nearly 250 French Huguenots by the Spanish, an act that gave the river and inlet the name Matanzas, Spanish for slaughters. Spanish... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Fort Mose Historic State Park

In 1693 King Charles II of Spain decreed runaway slaves were to be given sanctuary in his colonies. Black fugitives from the British Colonies made their way south and fought against... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Nombre de Dios Mission

The Mission of Nombre de Dios traces its origins to the founding of the City of St. Augustine in 1565. It was here that Pedro Menéndez de Avilés knelt to kiss a wooden cross presented... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Plaza de la Constitucion

The Plaza de la Constitucion is a reminder of the brief time in 1813 that Spain had a constitutional government. In the center of the Plaza is the Monumento de la Constitucion. Many... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Ponce de León Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

Within the boundaries of the park, St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States began. In the early 1900s, the property owner... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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The Oldest House Museum Complex, including The Llambias House Garden

Managed by the St. Augustine Historical Society, the site features the oldest surviving Spanish colonial dwelling in Florida, the National Historic Landmark Gonzalez-Alvarez House.... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Tolomato Cemetery

This cemetery contains the remains of Union veterans and at least 17 Confederate veterans. Also buried here is Florida Catholic Bishop Augustin Verot, known as the “Rebel Bishop”... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Cape St. George Lighthouse

Completed in 1852 to replace the earlier 1848 lighthouse destroyed during a hurricane in 1851, the lighthouse was located at the southern tip of what is now Little St. George Island.... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: St. George Island

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