National Parks in Florida

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Marine life thrives amid the ribs and coral encrusted structures of wooden and iron ships from the 1800s and early 1900s. Many of the remains lie in shallow water, allowing snorkelers to experience the thrill of wreck diving.

Photo by: By John Brooks, National Park Service photographer (http://www.nps.gov/bisc/images/20060905140916.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By John Brooks, National Park Service photographer (http://www.nps.gov/bisc/images/20060905140916.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Need ideas for your next vacation? Florida's National Parks offer a variety of fun-filled activities including snorkeling, boating, hiking, historic site-seeing and so much more!

Big Cypress

National Preserve, Ochopee, FL

Florida Trail, Suwannee

Florida Trail, Suwannee

Alligators are among the wild critters that hikers can encounter along the Florida Trail. The 1,400-mile trail starts at Big Cypress National Preserve (about 45 miles west of Miami) and ends in the Pensacola, FL, area. And if you see a gator along the way? Give it space, circling around its tail end so it doesn’t feel threatened.

Best times to hike: Year-round.

Photo by: B A Bowen Photography, flickr

B A Bowen Photography, flickr

Biscayne

National Park, Miami, Key Biscayne and Homestead, FL

Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, Biscayne National Park, Florida

Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, Biscayne National Park, Florida

Canaveral

National Seashore, Titusville and New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos

National Monument, St. Augustine, FL

De Soto

National Memorial, Bradenton, FL

Dry Tortugas

National Park, Key West, FL

Dry Tortugas National Park, Fort Jefferson, Key West, Florida

Dry Tortugas National Park, Fort Jefferson, Key West, Florida

Photo by: NPS photo

NPS photo

Everglades

National Park, Miami, Naples and Homestead, FL

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park
When sea levels rose after the Ice Age, a rich natural wonderland was born: a subtropical wilderness home to freshwater marshes, pine rocklands, seagrass, birds, reptiles … all part of an intricate ecosystem whose future many preservationists now fear is uncertain.

Photo by: Thinkstock

Thinkstock

Fort Caroline

National Memorial, the Timucuan Preserve; Jacksonville, FL

Fort Matanzas

National Monument, St. Augustine, FL

Gulf Islands

National Seashore, Gulf Breeze, FL and Ocean Springs, MS

Fishing pier, Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Photo by: Stephen Saks

Stephen Saks

Gullah/Geechee

Cultural Heritage Corridor, FL, GA, NC, SC

Timucuan

Ecological & Historic Preserve, Jacksonville, FL

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