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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Falling Waters State Park

Huge trees and fern-covered sinkholes line Sink Hole Trail, the boardwalk that leads visitors to Florida's highest waterfall. Falling Waters Sink, located in Falling Waters State Park,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Washington

City: Chipley

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Deer Lake State Park

Deer Lake State Park shares its name with the coastal dune lake within its boundaries. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide and in the United States they occur only along... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Walton

City: Santa Rosa Beach

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Camp Helen State Park

Camp Helen is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and by Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Bay

City: Panama City Beach

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Blackwater River State Park

A favorite destination for canoeists and kayakers, Blackwater River State Park offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities. The river is one of the purest sand-bottom rivers... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Okaloosa

City: Holt

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Bald Point State Park

Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along Northwest Florida are found within Bald Point State Park, which supports 4,065 upland acres. Located on Alligator Point, where Ochlockonee... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Alligator Point

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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

The beautiful ornamental gardens were first planted in 1923 by Alfred B. and Louise Maclay after they purchased the property for their winter home. A masterpiece of floral architecture,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Orman House Historic State Park

Built in 1838 by Thomas Orman, this antebellum home overlooks the Apalachicola River, and was used for both business and social gatherings. Orman was a cotton merchant and businessman... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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Ochlockonee River State Park

A pre-Columbian Native American mound dating back possibly to the Weeden Island Period 1,500 years ago, the Ochlockonee River State Park is located where the Ochlockonee and Dead rivers... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: Sopchoppy

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Three Rivers State Park

Offering some of the most beautiful views in Jackson County, Three Rivers State Park spreads across high hills that overlook 37,500 acre Lake Seminole. The park takes its name from... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jackson

City: Sneads

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The British Plot- Oak Ridge Cemetery

Embry-Riddle developed two air fields--Carlstrom and Dorr--near Arcadia, Florida, to train pilots before the U.S. entered World War II. Many Royal Air Force cadets attended basic training... Read More

Region: South

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