Florida State Parks Get New Website

Plan your next visit to a Florida state park or trail using the redesigned online park guide found at FloridaStateParks.org.

The new website assists visitors with planning their next trip by providing better maps, a variety of breathtaking images highlighting Florida’s beautiful natural and historic treasures and search tools to help you find activities and events you seek. The new site is smartphone and tablet friendly.

We invite you to explore the new webpage and plan your next visit to a state park or state-designated trail. Across the top of the homepage, six tabs are available to help visitors find information.

Each state park and state-designated trail has a dedicated page on the website featuring photos, activities, events and a message from the manager. There are four ways to find a state park or state-designated trail, which include:

A search box at the top of the homepage, which helps visitors find a park or trail if they know the name of the park or trail or a portion of the name.

A “Find a Park” tab, where visitors can choose “Park Filtered Search,” narrowing their search by park or trail, accessibility, pet-friendliness, region of the state, activity or amenities.

The Florida State Parks map, which features a map of the state with green dots indicating the location of state parks and trailheads for designated state trails. Powered by Map Direct, this tool allows visitors to drill down to state parks to see the entrance of a park, facility locations and activity icons.

State-designated trails operated alongside Florida’s state parks can be found in the “Find a Park” tab under “Guide to State Trails.”

The “Resources” tab offers links to state parks and “Connections” newsletters along with promotional deals, opportunities for becoming a state park concessionaire and other helpful links.

The “Things to Do” tab offers ways to search for specific activities or events. There is also information about volunteering, location-based activities like geocaching and orienteering, the monthly photo contest, educational opportunities, the Junior Ranger program and overnight accommodations.

Visitors frequently plan their trips to state parks around special events and ranger tours. Those can be found in a variety of ways.

Special events will be highlighted at all times on the website’s homepage. These are highly attended events with a broad appeal, such as historic reenactments or festivals.

A calendar on the homepage to help visitors select a date and drill down to events statewide for a particular day.

The “Events” page offers visitors an opportunity to search for events by region of the state, date, event theme, event type or by a specific park or trail. Themes include arts and crafts, astronomy, campfire programs, tours and more. Event types include educational programs, exhibits, guided programs and workshops.

The “Things to Know” tab offers information about park rules, frequently asked questions, safety, purchasing an annual entrance pass, fees for visiting a state park, the pet policy and requesting a “research and collecting” permit.

The “Access for All” tab helps visitors with special needs find facilities and amenities to assist with their visits. Special attention is paid to boat tours, fishing piers, trails, beach wheelchairs and the use of wheelchairs and mobility devices. A form is provided for requesting assistance with a park visit.

The “Contact Us” tab provides details regarding the Statewide Information Line, which is staffed by a team of people who provide basic information about all state parks and state trails, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Information is also provided to help reporters ask questions. Visitors may also complete a survey to tell us about their visit to a state park or state-designated trail.

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