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FLORIDA STATE PARKS

 

Florida has more state parks than any other state in the nation with 160 parks and boasts of more than 700,000 acres with more than 100 miles of white sandy beach. In fact, Florida is the first two-time gold medal winner honoring the nation's best state park service, Florida's state park system is one of the largest in the country with 160. The weather in the state can average from 80-95 degrees in the summer months and 50-65 in the winter months. The state is known for its rainy afternoons in the summertime. It doesn’t matter what the weather is in Florida, you will definitely need suntan lotion and sunglasses and even hats here whenever outside. Try Blue Lizard sunscreen and perhaps a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses. Cocoons sunwear has some great looks while being safe on the beach and on line in our Online Store  for all your suntan needs.

 

Crystal River Archaeological State Park is a national historical landmark containing 61 acres. As many as 7,500 Native Americans used this site for a ceremonial center to bury their dead and conduct trade many years ago. The park boarders an expansive coastal marsh where fishermen catch saltwater and freshwater fish.

 

The park offers a Crystal River boat tour every Friday to check out all the environmental plants and animals located on Museum Pointe. There is also a wonderful birding trail that offers observation of a great variety of birds.

 

 

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is a Florida showcase on 180 acres in a naturally beautiful setting. This is a wonderful way to view many of our animal species such as alligators, snakes, bear, whooping cranes, cougar, deer, red wolves, Florida panther bobcats, otter and fox. An educational program is offered at the park daily on manatees and the other wildlife. The park adds new animals often and explains how they are taking care of endangered species. Take a pontoon boat ride down Pepper Creek and you can see ospreys nesting, herons or egrets wading in the creek looking for food or just resting, turtles sunning themselves on logs and rocks or even spot an otter or two showing off. Take a walk down the Wildlife Walk to see Great Horned, Barn and Florida Barred Owls; or the grey and red foxes. In the spring the manatees make their home here.

  You will be able to observe them below the surface at the “fish bowl”. The park now operates the Wildside Café which is their snack bar and a patio area to grab a bite to eat or bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy their new pavilion. This is a great place to work on your suntan and enjoy an interesting day exploring wildlife with your family at the same time.

 

 

 

 

St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is accessible by boat only. A boardwalk is in place to take visitors across to see cabbage palms, paradise trees and more on a very nicely preserved Atlantic beach. This is a very active place in the summer months especially when it’s nesting time for loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles who come ashore at nighttime to lay  their eggs. Visitors are pleasantly surprised at the great surf fishing here, but they also come here to swim, sunbathe for that great suntan or have a nice quiet picnic at the pavilion. Other pastimes for making this trip include snorkeling and scuba diving. The park is located at Port Salerno on the Intracoastal Waterway and 2/3 of a mile south of the inlet.

 

Wekiwa Springs State Park is one of my favorites because I lived near it with my family for many years. The water is a cool 72 degrees so on a hot Florida day it is a way to get some relief from the hot sun and cool off. They offer canoes and kayaks to paddle leisurely down the Wekiva River to see and hear what this area of nature has waiting to show you. The park has campgrounds for visitors but advises campers to watch for Florida Black Bears that can be a nuisance at times.

 

There are also thirteen miles of trails to provide ample opportunities for horseback riding, bicycling or hiking. The state park is located just a short drive north of Orlando of less than one hour.  

 

 

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