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Teresa

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Florida State Parks

June is National Great Outdoors Month, which means there is no better time to head outside and enjoy Florida’s State Parks! ☀️

No matter your preferred mode of enjoying the great outdoors, take some time this month to explore our abundant wildlife and natural beauty at any of our 175 state parks.

Plan your next visit, nature is calling!

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Teresa

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If hiking, camping, swimming and fishing are on your list for outdoor fun, then look to Florida’s state parks for the best places where your family and friends can play.​

It’s a great time to plan an adventure at a Florida State Park.​

There are lots of opportunities for enjoying fresh air, Florida’s famous sunshine and maybe even a splash in a cool freshwater spring, the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. No matter where you live or vacation, you’ll find a state park within an hour’s drive.

Here are four activities you can enjoy!

  1. Hiking – Saturday, June 5, is National Trails Day. Strap on your hiking shoes and enjoy a hike on a nature trail. The American Hiking Society encourages hikers to also enjoy a day of service and advocacy. They suggest bringing along a bag so you can pick up litter as you walk the trail.
  2. Camping – Pack your tent and s’mores ingredients for a camping adventure. Find a campground, make your reservation, and prepare to enjoy sunrises, sunsets, campfires and a million stars.
  3. Swimming – Florida’s state parks offer fresh and/or saltwater for swimming. More than a dozen parks offer freshwater springs for swimming in 72-degree, crystal-clear waters. These parks are popular so go early, bring a picnic lunch and spend the day splashing about. Beaches are also popular around the state and are terrific for building sandcastles, collecting shells or walking the beach. Some of these parks also offer rentals of canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. These activities are terrific ways to enjoy time outside.
  4. Fishing – Grab your fishing poles and tackle box and pick up some bait before heading out to find a new fishing spot. Many state parks offer shorelines on rivers, lakes, the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. Some even offer piers. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission's Fishing in Florida.
With any outdoor activity, be mindful of the weather before heading out. In June, it could be hot, rainy or breezy, all depending upon where you are and what time you’re planning to be outside. Always bring drinking water, snacks for the little ones, sunscreen and bug spray.

Learn more about Great Outdoors Month.
 

Teresa

SoWal Guide
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Nov 15, 2004
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South Walton, FL
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Two Florida State Parks ranked as some of the best beaches in the country by Dr Beach annual survey 2021.

The verdict is in, Florida State Parks have some of the best beaches in the country! Dr. Beach, one of the world’s foremost beach experts, named two state parks as America’s Best Beaches!

Ranking 4th on the list is Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, which was touted as the perfect destination to escape and enjoy nature while shelling and beachcombing.

Coming in 7th, Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin was praised for its white sand beach, sparkling clear water and kayak trails through the mangroves.

It’s safe to say these state parks are true gems, so be sure to check them out this summer!

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Teresa

SoWal Guide
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Nov 15, 2004
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South Walton, FL
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Florida State Parks

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

Today, we celebrate the contributions of Rachel Carson, a world-renowned marine biologist, environmentalist and writer. Carson’s book “Silent Spring” is credited with launching the contemporary environmental movement, awakening the concern of Americans for the environment.
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