State Parks

Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park is one of Florida’s oldest tourist attractions. The park’s world famous Glass Bottom Boats have been delighting guests in central Florida since the 1870s. Silver Springs became a state park in 2013. Prior to that it was a privately owned “nature theme park” that featured zoo-type animal exhibits, entertainment and rides. …

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Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

This post contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through these links, at no additional cost to you. Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is one of North Florida’s many pristine natural springs. The crystal clear, 72-degree fresh water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and paddling. And …

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Little Manatee River State Park

Little Manatee River State Park is a hidden gem featuring paddling, wildlife viewing, hiking and camping. The beautiful Little Manatee River is the star of this state park. Little Manatee River State Park is located in Hillsborough County south of Tampa and east of Bradenton. It’s pretty easy to access from I-75. There are two …

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Terra Ceia Preserve State Park

Experience a Real Florida day hike through a variety of undeveloped ecosystems, with plenty of wildlife viewing and solitude at Terra Ceia. Less than an hour from Tampa, the surprisingly wild Terra Ceia Preserve State Park features 9 miles of trails through mangrove swamps, creeks, estuaries, wetlands, uplands and more. This 2,000 acre park is …

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San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

Enjoy the peace and quiet of one of Florida’s largest mature hardwood forests on the trails of San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. The 7,360-acre preserve provides plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding. San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is divided into two sections. The southern entrance to the park (located four miles …

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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is a unique Florida state park just outside of Gainesville. The park encompasses over 21,000 acres of Florida wetlands and prairie, miles of hiking trails and a campground. Wildlife Viewing and Hiking One of the most exciting things about Paynes Prairie is the wildlife. Visitors can experience wild-roaming bison and …

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Alafia River State Park

Alafia River State Park has some of the most radical elevation changes in the state of Florida. Phosphate mining in the area formed steep ridges and pits. Over time the reclaimed land became forested and the pits filled with water, forming dozens of small lakes around the park. Because of the terrain, this park is …

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Tarpon Springs Day Trip

Tarpon Springs is a city in north Pinellas County known for its sponge diving industry and Greek population. The city started to boom in the 1890’s when divers from Greece came to harvest the plentiful sponges. To this day, Tarpon Springs still remains one of the most prosperous natural sponge markets in the world and …

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Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in central Florida is a unique state park full of native Florida animals. You’ll see alligators, otters, black bears, flamingos and more. The park is one of the best places in the state to view manatees up close. Homosassa Springs is a great place for those who love …

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