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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Jonathan Dickinson State Park

In 1696, a Quaker merchant named Jonathan Dickinson shipwrecked off the coast in the area of Hobe Sound. Dickinson, his family, and other survivors made an arduous journey along the... Read More

Region: South

County: Martin

City: Hobe Sound

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Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park showcases some of Florida's loveliest landscape surrounding the headwaters of the Homosassa River. The 210-acre park is home to... Read More

Region: Central

County: Citrus

City: Homosassa

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Fort Cooper Historic State Park

Named for Major Mark Cooper, the fort was built during the Second Seminole War. It saw action in 1836 with the First Georgia Battalion of Volunteers, and served as an observation post... Read More

Region: Central

County: Citrus

City: Inverness

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Indian Key Historic State Park

In 1840 Chakaika, leader of the “Spanish Indians,” led a raid on the settlement at Indian Key that burned all but one building of this prosperous town, then the county seat of Monroe... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Islamorada

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Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

The virgin tropical hardwood hammock that thrives on this island was once common on most of Florida's Upper Keys; most of these forests have been lost to development on other islands.... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Islamorada

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Big Talbot Island State Park

Named during the British period and originally used by the British grantees for plantation agriculture, including citrus, sugar, indigo and cotton, Big Talbot Island was used by Spanish... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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Camp Milton Historic Preserve

Designed and constructed in early 1864 at the direction of Confederate General Pierre G. T. Beauregard after the Battle of Olustee, Camp Milton served as the eastern headquarters for... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is located on the St. Johns River and is noted for its collection of more than 5,000 masterworks of American and European paintings, beautiful... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preseve (Fort Caroline National Memorial)

Three thousand miles from the European courts, a struggle for control of Florida and the Indies played out near the mouth of what is today the St. Johns River. Spain and France both... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Native Americans feasted here, colonists built a fort, and the Smart Set of the 1920s came for vacations. A site of human occupation for over 5,000 years, Fort George Island was named... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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