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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

DEP manages Florida's 41 aquatic preserves, encompassing about 2.2 million acres of submerged lands.
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
A family enjoys a snorkel eco-venture in Gasparilla Sound-Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve


Ecoventures Staff members conduct Eco-venture trips in Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves (CHAP). These interactive trips inform visitors about the importance of aquatic preserves and the ecological...
Ecotour in Rookery Bay

Naturalist Guided Tours

Naturalist-guided tours provide guests with the opportunity to explore the estuary on a kayak or boat. Tours are offered seasonally, from November through April.
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
An aerial photo of coastal mangroves at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Rookery Bay

Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the research reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America.
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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