Seven of the Best State Parks in Florida for RVers
Linda Card writing on RVing…
When you have the freedom of the open road, the state of Florida is a great place to go. The warm climate, recreational attractions, and beautiful beaches draw thousands of RVers from all over North America.
Florida’s State Parks are another reason to visit, with 161 of them spread across the state. Of these, 54 offer very affordable sites for RV campers. Most sites cost $22 per night, and if you happen to be a Florida resident aged 65 or over, you’ll get a 50% discount.
The state parks are not resorts, to be sure, and offer no luxury amenities. They do, however, have electricity and water at every site, tables and fire pits, dump stations, clean bath houses, and some have laundry rooms.
Checking availability and making reservations is easy on www.reserveamerica.com) and you can stay as long as 14 nights. You can easily spend the winter months exploring Florida, and here are some of the best parks to visit while you avoid the frozen northlands.
Here you’ll find natural caves, stalactites, stalagmites, and other spectacular formations, as well as a natural spring and the Chipola River for fishing and boating. The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and includes a nine-hole golf course. It’s located near Marianna in the Florida panhandle.
This park, near St. Augustine is a great choice for history buffs, with an archaeological site that used to be a quarry. The coquina rock found there was used to build nearby Castillo de San Marcos, a National Monument and the quarry itself is a National Historic Site. The city of St. Augustine is fun to explore, too, and the park is right on the beach.
You’ll find this park about half-way down the eastern shoreline of Florida, near Melbourne Beach. Fishing enthusiasts won’t want to miss this spot, where anglers bring in bluefish, snook, redfish and more. It’s also a favorite among surfers and regularly hosts competitions. For non-athletes there are two museums to check out on-site, and again, there’s the beach.
Moving inland, you’ll find this park near Ocala. The springs for which the park is named are Florida’s very-first tourist attraction and best known for the glass-bottom boats that allow guests to look into the crystalline water below. It’s popular among kayakers and canoeists, and it’s a fun place for families thanks to the museum and “cracker” settlement, a replica of a typical pioneer homestead.
This is a State Historic Site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was once home to the Koreshan Unity, a religious colony who built a small community on the property. You can enjoy canoeing and fishing along the Estero River, which runs through the park. The gulf beaches are close-by and as well as the Edison-Ford Estate in Fort Myers.
This one is a must-see when you’re in Florida. The park, located on Key Largo, protects the only living coral reef in the U.S. with scuba diving and snorkeling within the park waters. There’s a marina for boaters, glass-bottom boat tours, and a huge aquarium in the Visitor’s Center.
At the other end of the Florida Keys, just before Key West and the country’s southernmost point, is this park. If you love being on the water you’ll love Bahia Honda. The island offers any and all marine activities, has a small marina, cabins for rent, and of course, beaches.
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