Florida is known for its stunning beaches, lush forests, and amazing wildlife. But did you know that there are also some incredible state parks located in the Florida Keys? From tropical islands to mangrove forests and even a lighthouse, these parks have something for everyone. Let’s take a look at what the Florida Keys has to offer.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is one of the most popular parks in the area. Located on Key Largo, this park offers visitors a chance to explore an underwater paradise with snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and more. You can also take glass-bottom boat tours of the coral reefs and learn about their unique ecosystem. The park also has plenty of land-based activities like camping, hiking, biking, bird watching and wildlife viewing.
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
This park is located on Key Largo and it’s home to one of the largest remaining tracts of tropical hardwood hammock forest in South Florida. Visitors can explore nature trails through the hammocks as well as picnic areas and a playground for kids. There’s also a butterfly garden where you can get up close with some of Florida’s beautiful native butterflies.
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
Located just off Islamorada in Plantation Key, this park is home to one of the few remaining virgin tropical hardwood hammocks in North America. Visitors can explore nature trails through the hammock forest as well as visit a historic lighthouse from 1825 on Windley Key Island. The park also offers bird watching opportunities and guided tours by boat or kayak throughout the mangrove islands nearby.
The Florida Keys are full of amazing state parks that offer visitors a chance to explore an underwater paradise teeming with marine life or take in the beauty of unspoiled nature trails through tropical hardwood hammocks. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, there’s something here for everyone! So if you’re ever visiting south Florida don’t forget to check out some of these incredible state parks! You won’t regret it!
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