When you think of the National Park Service, Florida is probably not the first state that comes to mind. California, Colorado, and Arizona are more synonymous with National Parks. Yet Florida has 11 National Park sites.
National Parks are great places to learn about a state’s geology, ecology and history.
We may not have Arches or Yosemite, and you’re not going to see a buffalo or ride a donkey down a ravine. However, we have some beautiful and interesting spots all our own – places where you can see centuries-old forts, go snorkeling along a reef, learn about our early Native American populations like the Timucuan, or take an airboat ride past alligators and wading birds. Most of these spots are also great places to see natural Florida.
Here is a list of Florida’s 11 National Parks, by region:
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Fort Caroline National Memorial
East Central Florida
Canaveral National Seashore
De Soto National Memorial
Big Cypress National Preserve
Photo credits: U.S. National Park Service