Florida State Parks is one of the largest state park system in the country with 175 parks, trails and historic sites. With nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches and 1,500 miles of multiuse trails, the Florida Park Service shows visitors the best of the state's diverse natural and cultural sites.
The Florida Park Service is the proud recipient of four National Gold Medals for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, making Florida the nation’s first four-time Gold Medal winner. The awards were received in 1999, 2005, 2013 and 2019 from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association.
From swimming and diving in Florida's rivers and springs to birding and fishing or hiking and riding on natural scenic trails, outdoor activities for all ages are available year-round at Florida state parks. Battle re-enactments and Native American festivals celebrate Florida's history, while art shows, museums and lighthouses offer a window into Florida's cultural heritage.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.