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When we think of Florida State parks, camping is often the first thing
that comes to mind.
There are a lot of other things to do in addition to camping in these treasured Florida natural resources.
The Old Florida that is rapidly disappearing from our peninsula is being preserved in these state Parks. When you get depressed by all of the development and traffic, step into a state park. Their slogan is "the Real Florida".
Most of these parks make wonderful destinations for day trips or weekend adventures.
It is because of these parks that some parts of natural Florida
are still alive and well among the proliferation of condos, theme
parks, subdivisions and shopping malls that have obliterated much of the
Florida landscape in the past half century or so.
Florida State Parks are a Vacation Bargain
By their very nature, they are usually on the Florida back roads and a worthwhile destination for Florida day trips and one tank trips. You will find them listed on this website as tourist attractions, lodging and sometimes for their great beaches.
A Good Time at a Florida State Park
The Florida State Park system says their mission "is to provide
resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and
restoring natural and cultural resources".
I think they are doing a wonderful job. The parks are clean, the
employees are cordial and knowledgeable, and the price is right.
Most Florida state park camping sites are carved out of the
surrounding pine woods and palmettos. The campsites are separated from
each other by this natural vegetation. The privacy is much greater than
in the average private camp ground.
Each campsite usually has an electric outlet, a water faucet, a
charcoal grill and a fire ring for campfires.
My $ 60 annual pass gets me into all Florida State Parks - camping not included - for a day visit. An annual pass for a family costs $120.
If I want to camp, the fee ranges from as little as $ 10 per night for Florida senior citizens up to two or three times that for younger adult campers.
I have spent many happy days and nights camping with my kids in a VW Camper. They slept in the top bunk, I slept in the bottom.
Cape Florida Lighthouse at Bill Baggs State Park, Key Biscayne
The quiet majesty of a Florida State Park is much more relaxing to me
than a motel or hotel. It is also cheaper.
Many times while I have
been sightseeing in Jacksonville
and St. Augustine, I've enjoyed Florida State Park camping experiences
that linger in the memory much longer than a motel visit.
Listed below are the addresses and telephone numbers for all Florida State Parks in alphabetical order. You can learn more about the park by calling them, but reservations have to be made at Reserve America, 1-800-326-3521 or via their website at Reserve America.
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF FLORIDA STATE PARKS
The parks listed in BOLD PRINT CAPITAL LETTERShave FULL SERVICE CAMPGROUNDS. The parks that are shown as links take you to an article about that park on our website.
Some parks may have no camping at all, or only primitive, equestrian or group camping.
Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park
ALAFIA RIVER STATE PARK, 14326 South County Road 39, Lithia, Florida 33547 813-672-5320
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309 850-487-4556
Allen David Broussard State Park Catfish Creek, 3950 Firetower Rd, Haines City, Florida 33844. 863-696-1112
Amelia Island State Park, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32226. 904-251-2320
ANASTASIA STATE PARK, 1340-A A1A S., St. Augustine, Florida 32080. 904-461-2033
Anclote Key Preserve State Park, # 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, Florida 34698. 727- 469-5942
Atlantic Ridge State Park, c/o Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, Florida 33455. 561-744-9814
Avalon State Park, Ft. Pierce Inlet State Park, Ft. Pierce, Florida 34949. 772-468-3985
Gamble Rogers State Park is named for a heroic Florida folksinger who died trying to rescue somebody from drowning.
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