Best State Parks in Florida

From the Florida Everglades to the panhandle region, over to the Space Coast and down to the Florida Keys, our state have so much to offer park enthusiasts. These are some of the best state parks in Florida. During my three years as Andrew’s scoutrmaster for Troop 823, the first two became my personal favorites.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

What better way to cool off in the sweltering summer than to float down a river of slow-moving springs? Ichetucknee Springs State Park is the perfect place to relax if you’re looking for the best state parks in Florida for unwinding. The scouts loved having splash wars back and forth while they tried to flip each other’s inner tubes into the 70 degree water.

Bahia Honda State Park

Located in the Florida Keys, BHSP is terrific for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. While beautiful, check the time of year before you go. The mosquitoes can be murderous at certain times of year!

Cayo Costa State Park

The beautiful Cayo Costa State Park is only accessible by boat. The rugged island offers great birdwatching, easy to moderate hiking, primitive camping, and fishing. The best thing about Cayo Costa is the quiet you’ll find there, especially since cell coverage is spotty.

Little Manatee River State Park

LMR state park, south of Tampa, has equestrian trails, so saddle up! There are also lots of hiking trails around lakes and grasslands that make for panoramic viewing. Best of all, there are paddle trails along the river that allow visitors to take in the local flora and fauna and look out for fish, manatee, alligators, birds, and other wildlife.