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Parks and Recreation Topics

DEP manages 175 state parks, trails and historic sites as part of its award-winning Florida State Parks system. Through its Florida Coastal Office, DEP also manages 41 aquatic preserves, and along with NOAA, three national estuarine research reserves and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. DEP-managed recreation areas encompass some of Florida’s most beautiful rivers, lakes, bays, beaches, forests, caves and woodlands. DEP also provides financial assistance to local governments to develop or acquire land for public outdoor recreation.

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Oleta River State Park - A new growth of mangroves

Aquatic Preserves

Florida has 42 aquatic preserves (APs), encompassing about 2.2 million acres. All but four of these submerged lands are located along Florida'
Honeymoon Island State Park - Blue Skies & White Sands on the beach

Beach Guide

A guide to public coastal access points along the entire Florida coast from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean
Sand dunes at Anastasia State Park

Recreation and Parks

Explore Florida's 175 state parks, state trails and historic sites that span nearly 800,000 acres and 100 miles of sandy white beach at
Blue Spring State Park - Manatees in clear water

Visit a Spring

Springs offer visitors unsurpassed locations to swim, snorkel, scuba dive, and observe wildlife. Learn about the wealth of recreational opportunities available at springs and locate a spring near you.

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