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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Indian Mound Park (Paulsen Point)

This site, now a Sarasota County park, was a site of regional authority occupied from approximately 3,000 to 650 years ago. Ancient people were attracted to this particular area of... Read More

Region: South

County: Sarasota

City: Englewood

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Mound Key Archaeological State Park

Archaeological evidence suggests that Mound Key was occupied at least 2,000 years ago and was the political and ceremonial center of the powerful Calusa chiefdom in the 1500s. In 1566... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Estero Bay

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Everglades National Park, Sandfly Island Canoe Trip

Everglades National Park protects a large portion of the Everglades, the largest marsh estuary in the United States. Native Americans took advantage of the vast resources it offered... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Everglades City

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Fort Clinch State Park

Construction of Fort Clinch began in 1847, and today it is considered one of the best preserved 19th century forts in the nation. Sited on the northern tip of Amelia Island, this fort... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Nassau

City: Fernandina Beach

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Accredited by the American Association of Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Ft. Lauderdale landmark, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is an... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Fort Lauderdale

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Heathcote Botanical Gardens

5 acre sub-tropical garden featuring vernacular architecture and collections of palms, bromeliads, orchids, herbs, bonsai and other plants. Gift shop on site. 64-acre expansion underway.... Read More

Region: Central

County: St. Lucie

City: Fort Pierce

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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 mile paved walkway. These include the state's largest public display of bamboos and the... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Alachua

City: Gainesville

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Morningside Nature Center

Gainesville’s premier nature park, Morningside Nature Center, is one of the last remaining examples of fire-dependent longleaf pine woodlands in the area. More than seven miles of... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Alachua

City: Gainesville

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San Felasco Hammock State Preserve

A 17th century Spanish mission, San Francisco de Potano, was located in the southeastern corner of the preserve. San Felasco is a mispronunciation of San Francisco by Seminoles and... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Alachua

City: Gainesville

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Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo

The SFCC Teaching Zoo is the local zoo for the Gainesville area and the laboratory for the Zoo Animal Technology Program. In this program, students from all over the United States learn... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Alachua

City: Gainesville

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