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Get Festive at Florida State Parks!
‘Tis the season to explore the outdoors! From cozy cabin stays to walks on the beach, winter is fun in both chilly North Florida and sunny South Florida. Florida State Parks statewide will host holiday events such as historic home tours, greenery workshops, caroling events and more!
Join us for holiday traditions we love, such as Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park’s Festival of Lights. Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeastern United States, this light display runs from Dec. 2 to Dec. 24, 2016. See colorful holiday lights, a gingerbread village and candy cane forest, Santa’s workshop and more while enjoying this historic park in White Springs, Florida!
This month at State Parks, Trails and Historic Sites
Video: Alafia River State Park
Firsthand Florida Fun blog #37: Alafia River State Park. Erika Z. and friends took a weekend camping trip to this park in Lithia, Florida. Some of Florida’s most challenging off-road biking trails can be found here, with steep grades and unique topography.
Visitors can also enjoy equestrian and hiking trails that explore a variety of natural environments.
Watch Erika Z.’s videoand read her blog to see what makes this park near
World Wildlife Conservation Day
World Wildlife Conservation Day is on Dec. 4, 2016! Florida State Parks protect many threatened and endangered animals.
Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, Florida, is well known for its population of Florida Scrub Jays – a threatened species that only lives in Florida.
Your feedback can enter you for a chance to win a Family Annual Entrance Pass! You must complete a survey and provide your email address to be eligible to win. A Florida State Parks Family Annual Entrance Pass will be given away each month.
Let your senses be your guide as we explore the sounds, sights and smells of nocturnal wildlife and night-blooming plants. The program is held every third Saturday of the month and is free with park admission.
Florida State Parks Statewide
Sunday, Jan. 1, 2016
Join us for the yearly tradition of First Day Hikes, a group hike on the first day of the new year! Parks across the state will be ringing in 2017 with ranger-guided hikes and other activities. Find a park near you and celebrate the new year with us!
Other Important News
Mobile App for Smartphones
Plan your state park adventures using the new Pocket Ranger® app for your smartphone. The FREE Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger® mobile app is available now on iTunes, Android Market and PocketRanger.com.
Give the gift of sleeping under the stars in Florida State Parks! Florida State Parks offers gift cards which can be used to make reservations for camping and cabins at participating Florida State Parks.
The Real Florida Passport
The Real Florida Passport is your perfect companion while visiting Florida State Parks! The Pioneer Edition contains 56 pages of fun facts, space to make notes and so much more. Order your Passport today and visit a park near you!