Spend Your Break At A Florida Natural Park!
Florida is king when it comes to amusement parks – Disney, Universal, and more – but Florida also has great natural parks that will thrill, inspire and awe you as much as any amusement park. Here is some info about a few Florida natural parks to give you a taste of what Florida has to offer, but you can click here for a complete listing of Florida’s natural parks.
Discover a Waterfall
Falling Waters is home to Florida’s highest water fall. A small stream drops 73 feet to the bottom of the 100-foot deep, 20-foot wide cylindrical pit named Falling Waters Sink. Once in the sink, the destination of the water is unknown. Along with the water fall, the park has a butterfly garden, lake open for swimming, and picnic area. Campsites are also available for overnight stays with a reservation.
1130 State Park Road
Chipley, FL 32428
Explore a Cave
Florida Caverns State Park is the only state park in Florida that provides cave tours to the public. Speaking from experience, be ready to walk, crouch, and turn sideways as you maneuver through the cave. There’s also a short period of complete darkness when the tour guide turns off all the lights to show visitors exactly how dark a cave actually is (at least out tour guide did so, and it was creepy dark). The guided tours are offered Thursday through Monday (with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas). For the less adventurous, an audio video of cave tours is aired in the visitor center. Also available at the park is fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, boating, and hiking.
3345 Caverns Road
Marianna, FL 32446
Tackle White Water Rafting
You’ll find Florida’s largest whitewater rapids in Big Shoals State Park. The Big Shoal rapids reach a Class III Whitewater classification once the water level on the Suwannee River is 59 and 61 feet above mean sea level. It’s highly suggested that only experienced canoe and kayakers take on Big Shoals but there is a smaller set of rapids downstream called Little Shoals for other skill levels. Along with the rapids, you can enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and a picnic pavilion.
18738 Southeast 94th St.
White Springs, FL 32096
Enjoy the Scenery
Florida is known for its beautiful sandy shore line but at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, you’ll enjoy a change of scenery with a shoreline of coquina rock formations. After taking in the unique shoreline, you can enjoy the rest of the park with fishing, picnicking, hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing.
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137
Befriend a Mermaid
Mermaids live in Florida at the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Friendly mermaids put on a show for visitors watching in the 400-seat submerged Mermaid Theaters. You can enjoy the waters as well with a river boat cruise, kayaking, canoeing, paddling, swimming area and 4 water slides. There’s also an animal show to educate and entertain.
6131 Commercial Way
Spring Hill, FL 34606
So, ditch the crowds and high prices at the amusement parks and give Florida’s natural parks a visit this spring or summer break!
Which would you rather visit during the spring or summer?
Falling Waters State Park
Florida Caverns State Parks
Big Shoals State Park
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
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