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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Miami Metrozoo

Rated one of the top ten zoos in the U.S. by Tripadvisor.com in 2008 and the number one Zoo for Pachyderms by the Intrepid Traveler, Zoo Miami houses more than 2,000 animals in environments... Read More

Region: South

County: Dade County

City: Miami

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya was built by agricultural industrialist James Deering, who wintered on the property from 1916–1925. Today, the extraordinary European-inspired estate includes a Main House... Read More

Region: South

County: Dade County

City: Miami

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Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park

The area of Payne's Prairie is rich in Native American heritage as well as Colonial and more recent history.  The many archaeological sites within or adjacent to the prairie demonstrate... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Alachua

City: Micanopy

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Arcadia Mill Site

Florida’s largest antebellum industrial complex, the Arcadia Mill was the site of a water-powered business that included a sawmill, lumber mill, gristmill, shingle mill, cotton textile... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Santa Rosa

City: Milton

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Snake Warrior's Island

The City of Miramar, State of Florida, Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Broward County have preserved this park in honor of Chitto-Tustenuggee’s (Snake Warrior) village, once located... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Miramar

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Letchworth-Love Mound Archaeological State Park

The Letchworth Mounds site includes Florida’s tallest recorded Native American ceremonial mound at 46 feet in height. The people who built the mound are believed to have been members... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jefferson

City: Monticello

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Fort Center, Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area

Used as a location for a small fort during the Second and Third Seminole War, archaeological remains at Fort Center consist of mounds, ponds, circular ditches, and linear embankments... Read More

Region: South

County: Glades

City: Moore Haven

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Ortona Site, Indian Mound Park

First documented during a survey in 1839, unusual earthworks near the Caloosahatchee River were first believed to be fortifications built by Europeans. Archaeological investigations... Read More

Region: South

County: Glades

City: Moore Haven

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida - Naples Nature Center

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a grassroots conservation organization founded in 1964 when a group of concerned citizens came together to protect Rookery Bay. The Conservancy... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Naples

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Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Botanical Garden

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates includes 25 acres of old tropical garden, 15 historic structures and a museum of inventions.  The gardens feature old fashioned and antique... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Fort Myers

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