Best Florida Parks

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Florida State Parks System has 160 parks comprising about a half-million acres. Let’s point arguably the best parks and what can be done once you get there.

Bahia Honda State Park – Big Pine Key

Clean sandy shores and crystalline waters await you in Bahia Honda State Park. You can rest in one of the six two-bedroom cabins with view to the bay. They have full kitchen, air conditioning, but no TV, phone or Wi-Fi.
Explore the Sandspur beach, with its isolated wide shoreline and sandy dunes. Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary tour is a must, as it will give you the unique opportunity to marvel at the only living coral barrier reef in the continental USA.
For dinner, you can have fresh fish, encrusted with bread crumbs, sautéed and topped with tomatoes, scallions, Parmesan and Key-lime butter, at the Lazy Days, while enjoying the waterfront view.
Walk to the Old Bahia Honda Bridge, to get a glimpse of the endangered Miami blue butterfly, and admire the sunset at what remains of the Flagler’s railroad, destroyed in the 1935 hurricane.

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park – South of Tallahassee
Wakulla Springs Lodge was opened in 1937, and it still preserves it’s luxurious marble flooring and staircases and an expensive lobby with an old fashioned art-deco elevator. Rooms are large and lack gadgets and TVs, encouraging you to spend time outside in nature.
The Wakulla Springs are the attraction of this place, inviting you to a casual swim or snorkel. Take a boat tour to admire the turtles, the alligators and the amazing birds.
For dinner try the stuffed grouper or the roast quail at the Ball Room Restaurant. If you are looking for just a snack, try the soda fountain – snack bar across the lobby. After dinner, at night time, don’t miss the breathtaking view of the stars.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park – Santa Rosa Beach

At Topsail Hill you can find 12 two-bedroom, two bathroom cabins with full kitchen, screened-in porch, soft towels and big panoramic TV. The cabins are spread out along a winding road, at a short distance from the beach. You can lay on the porch of the cabin and listen to the woosh of the waves.
The beach, of about three miles in length, has beautiful white sand, a real paradise for sunbathers. There is also a swimming pool and shuffleboard courts.
Close by you’ll find the Gulf Place, a quaint shopping village. This is the location of the lovely Smiling Fish Café, a good place for having dinner, enjoying the sweet-chilli calamari or the crispy duck with pepper-jelly vinaigrette.
Two and a half mile walk on the Morris Lane Nature will bring you through an amazing canopy of longleaf and slash pines to the famous dunes of the region, impressing dunes that stand two and three stories high.

2 Responses

  1. Audrey
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    wow! it was really awesome post! thanks for sharing..

  2. Ryan
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    Those beaches look amazing, I'm so jealous now.

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