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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Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. A true family adventure, the Zoo has something for everyone with over 1,800 rare and exotic... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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Kingsley Plantation, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

Fort George Island, the location of the Kingsley Plantation, was granted by the Spanish government to John McQueen in 1791. In 1798, he built a residence that stands today as the oldest... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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Tree Hill Jacksonville's Nature Center

Located in the center of Jacksonville, Florida, Tree Hill is the perfect place to connect with nature for individuals and families, school field trips, home schoolers, scout troops,... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park

Construction of a Confederate fortification at this site began in the summer of 1862 as part of General Robert E. Lee’s coastal defense network for the Confederacy. The Yellow Bluff... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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Bill Baggs State Recreation Area and Cape Florida Lighthouse

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is the home of a historic lighthouse built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846, and is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Cape Florida... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key Biscayne

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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The first undersea park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key Largo

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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens offer a beautiful, educational and relaxing environment. The house, slated for demolition in 1958, was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Florida's southernmost state park is popular for recreation, as well as U.S. military history. The fort was one of a series built in... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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Key West Botanical Forest & Garden

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only "frost-free" botanical garden in the continental United States. A tropical environment with ample rain allows... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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Alligator Lake Recreation Area

Halpatter Tustenugee, or Chief Alligator, was the Chief of a Seminole village in what is now Lake City. A life-size statue honoring this leader is located at the recreation area.

Region: Northeast

County: Columbia

City: Lake City

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