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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Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens offers visitors Florida's most abundant opportunities for aesthetic, cultural and personal enrichment. The lush landscapes of the Olmsted gardens, the majesty and... Read More

Region: Central

County: Polk

City: Lake Wales

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Suwannee River State Park

In 1863, Confederate troops constructed earthenwork fortifications on a high bluff overlooking the junction where the Withlacoochee River joins the Suwannee River, a portion of which... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Suwannee

City: Live Oak

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Museums and Nature Center of Crane Point

Exhibits about Native Americans in the Florida Keys include a 600-year-old dugout canoe.

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Marathon

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Florida Caverns State Park

The Florida Caverns State Park is one of the few state parks with dry, air-filled caves and is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. The cave has dazzling... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jackson

City: Marianna

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Brevard Zoo

Brevard Zoo offers lots of activities like kayaking, riding the train, and feeding the animals. In addition, the Zoo daily offers animal demos that rotate depending on the day including... Read More

Region: Central

County: Brevard

City: Melbourne

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Florida Institute of Technology Botanical Gardens

A stream bordered by a shady hammock abounding in palm trees and other tropical growth winds through the heart of the campus and is the setting for a 15-acre Botanical Garden. The... Read More

Region: Central

County: Brevard

City: Melbourne

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Juan Ponce de León Landing Park

Public beach park that commemorates Juan Ponce de León's first landing in Florida.

Region: Central

County: Brevard

City: Melbourne Beach

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Sebastian Inlet State Park

Two museums at this State Park provide a history of the area. The McLarty Treasure Museum features the history of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet; the Sebastian Fishing Museum tells... Read More

Region: Central

County: Brevard

City: Melbourne Beach

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Deering Estate at Cutler

Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided... Read More

Region: South

County: Dade County

City: Miami

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Historic Virginia Key Beach Park & Museum

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, located off the Rickenbacker Causeway, is just minutes away from the Miami’s downtown financial centers, top tourist destinations, sport facilities,... Read More

Region: South

County: Dade County

City: Miami

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