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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Buckingham Trails Preserve

Buckingham Trails Preserve is located east of Fort Myers and it provides a newly built parking area and trail system totaling more than 7 miles. There are 2.3 miles of hiking trails... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Fort Myers

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Paynes Creek Historic Site and State Park

Within this park is the site of Fort Chokonikla, built in late 1849 as an outpost in a chain of forts established to control the Seminoles. A museum at the visitor center depicts the... Read More

Region: Central

County: Hardee

City: Bowling Green

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De Soto National Memorial

This National Park site commemorates the 1539 - 1542 expedition of Hernando de Soto, the Spanish conquistador who explored the southern part of North America in a journey that covered... Read More

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Bradenton

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Manatee Village Historical Park

Under the shade of two hundred year old oak trees, explore historic buildings and travel back in time to experience pioneer life in early Southwest Florida.

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Bradenton

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Torreya State Park/Gregory House

High bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River make Torreya one of Florida's most scenic places. The park is named for an extremely rare species of Torreya tree that only grows on the... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Liberty

City: Bristol

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Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

Bulow Creek protects nearly 5,600 acres, more than 1,500 of which are submerged lands. The highlight of Bulow Creek is one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forest... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Flagler

City: Bunnell

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Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

The Dade battle ushered in the Second Seminole War in 1835. The park protects the National Historic Landmark battlefield and the natural communities as they existed when the soldiers... Read More

Region: Central

County: Sumter

City: Bushnell

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Cedar Key Museum State Park

This state park contains the relocated 1890s St. Clair Whitman House and a museum building with exhibits featuring historic images and period artifacts on the history of the Cedar Keys... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Levy

City: Cedar Key

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Shell Mound

This area of the Wildlife Refuge contains a shell mound that was built up over a 1,000-year period. Between 1,800 and 400 years ago, native people used oysters and clams and food and... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Levy

City: Cedar Key

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Moccasin Lake Nature Park

Moccasin Lake Nature Park is an Environmental and Energy Education Center providing residents and visitors to beautiful Clearwater with a natural retreat from the concrete and asphalt... Read More

Region: Central

County: Pinellas

City: Clearwater

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