Standard entrance fees to many
.-e-. parks and museums. Alfred B.
. .- Maclay Gardens (Jan.-April
only), Debary Hall, Gregory
House at Torreya State Park,
Kingsley House at Kingsley Plan-
4 station charge slightly higher en-
trance fees, with children under
12 admitted free.
SNo additional charge, except res-
ervations for large outings or "af-
ter hours" use of picnic facilities.
No charge for boat launch ramps.
More than 2,800 camp sites,
each provided with picnic tables,
grills and water. Complete bath-
house facilities. Standard fee per
camp site. Extra fee for electri-
city. Stays limited to two weeks.
Fort Pickens, Gold Head Branch,
Hillsborough River, Hontoon Is-
land, Jonathan Dickinson and
Myakka River. Reservations and
details through park superinten-
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Welcome to our State Parks
Glistening beaches rim the shoreline of every section of the Florida
peninsula. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale is popular for
swimming and also offers quiet lagoons and inland waterways for canoeing
and fishing. There is a three-mile scenic railroad.
Manatee Springs State Park near Chiefland is one of the major springs in
this country, with 49,000 gallons per minute flowing into famous
Suwannee River. A beautiful river swamp can be sees here-with the water
providing a scenic tropical setting for recreational fq-ilities. Camping.
Boating is a real pleasure on the scenic waters in Florida State Parks, such
as can be found at Tomoka State Park near Ormond Beach, Also, 'he
Indian legend of Tomokie is portrayed in famous statuary here. Archae,
ologically and historically interesting. Camping.
The first underwater state park in the world, John Pennekamp Coral Reef
State Park at Key Largo covers the only living coral reef formation in
continental North America. Boat trips from land area to reef. A variety of
water activities including skin and SCUBA diving. Camping.
It is a pleasure to welcome you and your family to
the scenic beauty, historic sites and outdoor recreation
facilities within Florida's outstanding park system.
Here, amid year 'round sun in every section of the
state, is the Florida of tradition, of song, romance, color,
legend, and of modern leisure-time activities.
The Sunshine State is known throughout the world
for its unique natural assets. Florida State Parks take
full advantage of our tropical climate, vast water re-
sourcps and contrasting terrains to provide an unequalled
variety of interest for both Floridians and out-of-state
Please visit us often. ( ( ./-A
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Governor of Florida
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A rare "calico" deer is among the many species of wildlife to be found in
Florida State Parks. Each park is a bird and wildlife sanctuary, where
animals roam free and unafraid.
An atmosphere reminiscent of Stephen Foster's famous song is evident at
Suwannee River State Park near Live Oak. The waterways within Florida
State Parks are perfect for craft of all kinds-motorboats, canoes, paddle
One of nature's most fascinating marvels-a beautiful network of artis-
tically colorful caves-is at Florida Caverns State Park near Marianna.
Above ground, a well-kept nine hole golf course is available, as well as
swimming and camping.
Flocks of birds and animals, in abundance and easily observed, are
protected within Florida State Parks. These beautiful sanctuaries are
nationally noted for variety and quantity of flora and fauna.
Wide, smooth beaches bordered by sloping sand dunes bedecked with sea
oats are both scenic and recreational. Clear surf invites swimming, water
skiing, skin and SCUBA diving and other water sports.
Camping in Florida State Parks is a real out-of-doors adventure. Full
advantage has been taken of the State's natural assets to present complete
facilities for your enjoyment. Each campground provides picnic tables,
charcoal grills, water and sanitary facilities to make your camping com-
Florida is considered the boating capital of the world. Within its parks
system are thousands of miles of rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean and Gulf
waters to attract pleasure boaters. Take your choice of fresh or salt water
fishing, with an-on-shore scenery backdrop of lush forest banks or sandy
Tranquility prevails in the vast acreage within the Florida State Park
system. Get away from it all by exploring meandering streams, deep
woods, silent lakes or miles of nature trails.
The white sand dunes that characterize north Florida beaches are among
the attractions that make state parks in this section among Florida's
favorite vacation spots. Visitors have a wide choice of water sports or, if
desired, the option of just relaxing on a sunny shore.
Vast collections of azaleas and camellias can be found at Alfred B. Maclay
Gardens near Tallahassee, Ravine Gardens at Palatka and Washington Oaks
near Marineland. Many gorgeous plants are artistically landscaped into
stylized settings that are beautiful year 'round.
The vast expanse of water that surrounds Florida provides a setting for
unforgettable scenes and experiences, such as this sunset at one of the state
parks in the Florida Keys.
Historically, the last refuge of the Seminole Indians was the Everglades and
Big Cypress Swamp area, the location of Collier-Seminole State Park near
Naples. Villages still exist nearby. A monument to Barron Gift Collier, a
pioneer, is flanked by memorials to both the soldiers and the Seminoles in
the Florida indc's wars.
The broad beaches within Florida State Parks yield up a variety of
treasures. Shell collecting is popular at all seaside parks. Salt water fishing
is great both from the shore or aboard a deep sea fishing boat.
The history of Florida and the nation can be traced through historic houses
such as Gamble Mansion Confederate Museum in Ellenton, Kingsley
Plantation on Fort George Island, Gregory House in Torreya State Park
near Bristol, Marjorie Kinnon Rawlings Home near Cross Creek, DeBary
Hall at DeBary.
One of the most historic forts in the United States, Fort Pickens State Park
near Pensacola Beach, has been the scene of activities in every major
conflict in which this country has been engaged, from the Civil War to
World War II. A snow-white beach lies on the Gulf below the fort.
Fort Clinch State Park is one of the finest military-recreation-seaside parks
in the nation. It is one of several historic fort sites under the jurisdiction of
Florida State Parks, including San Marcos de Apalache near St. Marks, Fort
Gadsden near Sumatra and Yellow Bluff Fort near New Berlin.
Surfing is one of many water activities in Florid
find "riding the waves" a special kind of fur
Florida's water-oriented sports are skin and r
water skiing, fishing and boating.