Find Your Park

It’s National Park Week! And while last weekend park admission was free, it’ still a good time to visit one of our country’s more than 400 national parks.

In the past year, we’ve enjoyed these treasures with a trip to the National Mall and the monuments and memorials of our nation’s capital.

IMG_7421Trips to Chickamauga, Appomattox and Ford’s Theater have been a good way to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Adventures in the Big Cypress Swamp, the Everglades, the Great Smoky Mountains,  Gulf Islands and Canaveral Seashores, Shenandoah and Ocala National Forest.

It’s time to plan for summer visits to more parks…Olympic, San Juan Island, Lewis and Clark and Crater Lake…a good start.

And maybe we can squeeze in a quick trip to one of the National Parks in South Florida. Everglades, Big Cypress Swamp, Biscayne, and the Dry Tortugas are perfect places to spend a spring day in the Florida sunshine. I hear them calling my name.

Find your park and share your story at #FindYourPark.

Florida’s National Parks

Looking for something to do this weekend? Take advantage of free park admission today and tomorrow and visit one of the nation’s 401 national parks as they celebrate National Park Week April 19th – April 27. IMG_4567 Florida is home to three national parks, two national seashores, two national preserves, three national monuments, and a national cultural heritage corridor. Even if you can’t take advantage of the free admission this weekend, the parks are a great value any day of the year.

  • Biscayne National Park
  • Dry Tortugus National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Canaveral National Seashore
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Timucuan Preserve which includes Fort Caroline, a National Monument, and Kingsley Plantation
  • Castillo De San Marcos National Monument
  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
  • DeSoto National Memorial
  • Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor from Wilmington, NC to Jacksonville, FL

Yesterday we toured the Kingsley Plantation in Amelia Island exploring the plantation house, kitchen house, slave quarters, barn, and waterfront. The informative self guided tour took about an hour, but unfortunately, the plantation house can only be toured on the weekend due to renovations currently underway.

With our trip to Kingsley Plantation, we can say we’ve visited them all. Time to get started on the hundreds of battlefields, trails, and historical places located throughout the state.