Florida is well known for its ample outdoor recreational opportunities. From local city parks and recreation areas to national parks and everything in between, there is no shortage of outdoor activities perfect for you and your family. Of all the places to see and do, perhaps some of the most well known and popular today are the many state parks located throughout the state. From north to south, these parks serve to protect the valuable resources and animals and educate visitors from around the world. Bill Bailey Travel Club welcomes you to look at a few of the best that the state of Florida has to offer you.
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park – Considered one of the best areas for seeing the famous manatees of Florida, this state park is located on the western coast in Homosassa Florida. Here, manatees can be seen every day of the year in addition to showcasing other native wildlife including bears, bobcats, deer, alligators and crocodiles as well. Recreation includes daily programs, picnic areas, nature study and birdwatching.
Ravine Gardens State Park – Not far from San Augustine in Palatka Florida, Ravine Gardens State Park is home to a ravine created over thousands of years by water flowing from the St. Johns River. Transformed into a garden in 1933, today it includes walking trails, biking trails, the garden which blooms from January to April and a center.
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park – Once home to Major Robert Gamble, and once a massive sugar plantation the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida today. Historically rich, the house and its 16 acres were donated to the state in 1925. Open daily, Thursday through Monday, it is located in Ellenton Florida.
Oleta River State Park – Located in southeastern Florida in North Miami, this park is Florida’s largest urban park and is on Biscayne Bay. Best known for its biking trails, it is alos home to a massive forest preserve and great canoeing and kayaking opportunities as well..
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