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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San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

Located at the confluence of the St. Marks and Wakulla Rivers, Native Americans used the site of Fort San Marcos de Apalache for thousands of years. The fort was built by the Spanish... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: St. Marks

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St. Marks Lighthouse

Constructed in 1842 to replace an earlier 1831 structure which was threatened by erosion, the St. Marks Lighthouse is located at the mouth of the St. Marks River on Apalachee Bay. After... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: St. Marks

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Anderson-Narváez Mound at Jungle Prada Mound Park

Known as the Anderson/Narváez Site after the 600-man Pánfilo de Narváez expedition believed to have landed here in 1528, the public portion of the multi-mound site is nestled in... Read More

Region: Central

County: Pinellas

City: St. Petersburg

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Camp Blanding Museum & Memorial Park

Camp Blanding was a major U.S. Army training facility during the Second World War. It was originally established as a state-owned training reservation in 1939 for the Florida National... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Bradford

City: Starke

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Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is located on Hutchinson Island. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, the 57 acre parcel houses the Society's headquarters,... Read More

Region: South

County: Martin

City: Stuart

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House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert's Bar

One of ten Houses of Refuge built by the U.S. Treasury Department in 1876, this is the only one that remains. Today it stands as a museum celebrating early peoples, life saving efforts,... Read More

Region: South

County: Martin

City: Stuart

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Fort Gadsden Historic Site

Sited on the east bank of the Apalachicola River on Prospect Bluff, the known military use of this location dates back to the 1814 construction of a British post. After the British... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Sumatra

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Goodwood Museum and Gardens

The Goodwood estate was assembled in the 1830s by Hardy Croom of North Carolina. Plans for a full-time Florida residence were dashed when he, his wife and three children perished in... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

The Lake Jackson Mounds Site encompasses six earthen temple mounds and one possible burial mound. Artifacts recovered during excavations show that the site is part of a larger southeastern... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Tallahassee- St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail

The first railroad chartered by the Florida territorial government in 1831, the Leon Railway Company became the Tallahassee Railroad Company in 1834, and was the first rail line to... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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