“Florida is a place where one goes if one no longer wished to be found” - Douglas Coupland
A land favored by nature, augmented by impression, and abundant with antiquity bearing every charm of an ideal vacation destination, the Sunshine State graces the land with its undeniable out-worldly appeal.
With a warm and sunny climate, calming turquoise shores, and miles of diverse yet pacifying wilderness, the blessed state of Florida is located in the southeastern part of the United States with the lowest high point in the country.
With 11 national parks and a vast network of 175 state parks, Florida is home to several natural treasures besides being home to amusingly famous Walt Disney World, super-bustling and people’s favorite Miami beach, and nautical enthusiast’s dream Kennedy Space Center.
Take a dive to explore the incomparable possessions of the flattest state and subtropical climate!
Everglades National Park
Topping our list is the largest unparalleled subtropical landscape of the US, located 30 miles away from Miami in south Florida and covering an area of 1.5 million acres. Home to the United States’ rarest species, the park is your best bet to witness American Crocodiles, Florida Panthers, Manatees in their natural habitat.
In the expansive wetlands, you are welcomed to engage in numerous activities including wildlife observation through Anhinga Trail, watching the sunset over Florida's southernmost point Flamingo, boating through the mangroves on Nine-Mile Pond, or a visit to the old Nike Hercules missile site as the region is abundant with natural and history-made wonders.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Marking the history and portraying the naturalness of Florida, the Dry Tortugas National Park is a 100 square miles landscape home to seven small islands. Recognized by a 19th-century fort, the centerpiece of the national park is the magnificent Fort Jefferson.
Lying 70 miles west of Key West and accessed only through seaplane or boat, the park welcomes visitors to immerse in not only the State’s history but also in crystal clear waters, abundant marine life, and birdlife. An ideal location for snorkelers, beach campers, and marine-life observers, the blue waters connect you with nature while enjoying recreational activities.
Biscayne National Park
With islands that treat your soul with tranquility, beaches with cozy tropical vibes, and surrounding lush mangroves, an aquatic wonderland immersed 95% underwater, the Biscayne National Park stretches 270 square mile southeast of Miami and holds the largest marine sanctuary in National Park Services.
Amongst a multitude of recreations, you can choose to spend a day observing the unique aquamarine habitat on a cruise to Boca Chita Key Island, scuba diving or snorkeling to witness shipwrecks near Maritime Heritage Trail, or land on the largest island of the park Elliott Key to spend a day on campgrounds, plan fishing, and hop on the network of picturesque trails.
Blue Spring State Park
The evidence of Florida having the highest concentration of freshwater springs on earth is the Blue Spring State Park.
Located in Orange City of Florida and resting on the St. Johns River, the largest spring attracts visitors during summers while Manatees during winters to immerse in the safe haven. While you are restricted to swim with Manatees, boat, snorkel, swim, or scuba dive in the springs during your season that runs from March through mid November.
Myakka River State Park
With an exceptionally unique wilderness, Myakka is one of the oldest and largest state parks in the United States. Named after the river surrounding the attractions, the Myakka flows through 58 square miles of marshes, meadows, woodlands, and pinelands, and is designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River.
With a boardwalk stretching over Upper Myakka Lake, the terrain provides an opportunity of observing birds and wildlife alongside overlooking the picturesque lake. With this well-preserved site, boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are all available on the park's river and two lakes.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
The beauty that coral reefs bless aquatic life with deserves preservation and observation of its own! And this is the reason why John Pennekamp has been preserved as a rare underwater park that attracts visitors to explore the wonders of the deep.
Covering a region of 70 square miles, the park encompasses mangrove forests and tropical canopies besides the park’s main attraction of marine species. It is your call whether to witness the deep wonders through bottom boat tour, scuba diving, or snorkeling. For a tranquil getaway, swimming, boating, fishing, and kayaking are always the options.
Don’t forget to visit the park’s magnificent saltwater aquarium. A glimpse of what lies ahead!
Silver Springs State Park
Located in north central Florida, Silver Springs State Park has been a natural landmark destination hinting about communities that have possessed the land and made it historically and traditionally rich as we see it.
With dozens of springs and miles of magnificent trails to explore, your trip to Silver Springs must-not forget a visit to the pioneering Cracker Village, the Silver River Museum, and the Environmental Education Center as an impression of the knowledge of Florida.
Bahia Honda State Park
Home to a calm shore that sees a crowd lesser than otherwise bustling Florida, the remote island of Bahia Honda is a tropical destination portraying the essence of colorful Florida. From epic sunsets and sea breeze to beachy vibes and outdoor recreations, the southernmost state park of Florida is exceptionally enjoyable all year round.
Treating vacationers to stable weather and miles of shoreline, Bahia Honda has been an exceptional recreational treasure in Keys.
Florida Caverns State Park
No lies when we say Florida is a one-in-all destination to explore natural wilderness! Starting from historic landscapes and friendly beaches to calm springs and dry caves, get ready to be fascinated as you step afoot here. Florida Caverns is one of the few state parks with dry caves that feature stunning limestone rock formations, stalagmites, soda stems, and curtain formations.
Besides observing nature’s forces, Camping, swimming, fishing, picnics, canoeing, boating, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding are all popular activities at Florida Caverns.
Rainbow Springs State Park
Often claimed to have existed for thousands of years, the warm temperature and moderate climate have kept the spring blooming all year round and treat visitors to its crystalline clear waters.
Besides peaceful picnic spots and campgrounds, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking are popular activities on the Rainbow River bringing a package to your getaway.