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South Florida Parks

Affron Park
Alsdorf Park / 14th Street Boat Ramp
Alvin L. Ward Senior Park
American Homes Park
Apoxee Park
Barefoot Beach State Preserve
Bert Winters Park
Blum Park
Bob Mason Waterfront Park
Bowman Park
Brian H. Chappell Park (Poinsettia Park)
Bryant Park
Burt Reynolds Park
Buttonwood Park
C. Scott Driver Park
Cabana Colony Park
Caloosa Park
Calypso Bay
Canal Point Park and Community Center
Carlin Park
Centennial Park
Chekika Day Use Area
Chillingworth Park
Coconut Park
Collier-Seminole State Park
Colohatchee Park
Coral Cove Park
County Pines Recreational Complex at Samuel Friedland Park
Crandon Park Beach
Currie Park
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
Dale Wimbrow Park
Deerfield Island Park
Dreher Park
Dubois Park and Beach
Duncan Padgett Park
Dyer Park
E.G. Sewell Memorial Park
Echo Lake Park
Edith Weiner Hack Park
Flagler Park
Flamango Lake Park
Fogleman Park
Fort Center at Fisheating Creek WMA
Gaines Park
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Gardens of Crandon Park
George English Park
George Petty Park
Glades Pioneer Park
Golfview Heights Park
Gordy Road Recreation Area
Governor Lawton Chiles Memorial Park
Grassy Waters Preserve
Green Cay Wetlands
Gulfstream Park
Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex
H.L. Bishop Park
H.L. Johnson
H.P. Williams Roadside Park
Halpatiokee Park
Hammock Road Trail
Harvey Oyer Park
Haverhill Park
Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park
Highlands Hammock State Park
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Holland Park
Hosford Park
Indian Riverside Park
Island City Park Preserve
Istokpoga Canal Boat Ramp Area
Istokpoga Park
Ixora Park
Jim Brandon Equestrian Center / Cholee Park / Okeeheelee Park South / Whispering Pines State Park
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
John Prince Park
John Stretch Park
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Juno Beach
Juno Dunes Natural Area
Juno Park
Jupiter Beach Park
Jupiter Farms Park
Kennedy Estates Park
Kenwood Estates Playground
Kidscape Park
Kirby Storter Roadside Park
Knowles Park
LaBelle Recreation Access Area (Hendry County Boat Dock)
Lake Belvedere Estates Park
Lake Catherine Park
Lake Charleston Park
Lake Ida Park
Lake Lytal Park
Lake Okeechobee Recreation Area
Lake Shore Park
Lake Trail
Lake Worth Beach
Lake Worth West Park
Lakeside Challenger Park
Lakewood Park
Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park
Legion Memorial Park
Limestone Creek Park
Little Econ Greenway
Loblolly Woods Nature Park
Loggerhead Park
Loggers' Run
Loxahatchee Groves Park
Loxahatchee River Canoeing and Kayaking
Mangrove Park
Matanzas Pass Preserve
Maurice Gibb Memorial Park (Island View Park)
Melear Park
Monument Lake Campground
Moore Haven Riverwalk
Morikami Park
Mounts Botanical Garden
Munyon Island
Ocean Cay Park
Ocean Inlet Park
Ocean Reef Park
Ocean Ridge Hammock Park
Ocean Ridge Natural Area
Okeeheelee Park
Old Fort Park
Old Trail Park
Paul Rardin Park
Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park
Peanut Island Park
Peck Lake Park
Pendarvis Cove Park
Phil Foster Park
Phipps Ocean Park
Picower Super Park
Pinecrest Gardens
Pioneer Park
Pooch Pines at Okeeheelee Park
R. G. Kreusler Park
Red Reef Park
Riverbend Park
Riverland Woods Park
Rotary Park Hollywood
Round Island Riverfront Park
Royal Palm Beach Commons
Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area
Sago Park
San Castle Community Park and Early Head Start
San Castle Neighborhood Park
Sandalfoot Cove Park
Sanders Drive Park
Santaluces Athletic and Aquatic Complex
Seabranch Preserve State Park
Seminole Palms Park
Shepard Park (Shephard Park)
Singer Island Beach
South Bay RV Park
South County Regional Park
South Inlet Park
Spanish River Park
St Lucie Locks / Phipps Park
Stub Canal Park
Sweetwater Hammock Preserve
Temple Park
Ten Mile Creek Natural Area
The Club Managers Association of America Therapeutic Recreation Complex
The Reverend Leon Camel, Jr. Park
Tiger Shark Cove Playground
Timer Powers Park
Triangle Park
Trinity Park
Veteran's Memorial Park at Rivergate
Veterans Beach
Veterans Park (Boca)
Veterans Park (RPB)
Vitolo Family Park North
WP Franklin Lock Recreation Area (South)
Wakodahatchee Wetlands
West Delray Regional Park
West Lake Park
Westgate Park and Recreation Center
Wetlands Park
White City Park
Windy Point Park
Yamato Scrub Natural Area

South Florida Parks and Recreation

South Florida vacationers will be amazed at the variety of parks available in Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and the other South Florida areas. Hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, bike trails, camping, and picnicking are just a few kinds of recreation offered in South Florida.

Pinecrest Gardens

Pinecrest Gardens

I honestly can't believe that I haven't written about Pinecrest Gardens before! I was there many times when it was Parrot Jungle (founded in 1936!), and the gardens themselves were just as interesting as the birds. Parrot Jungle (now Jungle Island) moved to an Watson Island on the MacArthur Causeway in 2002, leaving the historic gardens behind. The property was soon purchased by the Village of Pinecrest, and turned into a public park. The grounds of Pinecrest Gardens are truly amazing, with varied and beautiful plants all around the nature paths carved through the original coral. Solution holes filled with water and fish are scattered throughout the park. The trees and plants are native and astounding. There are still remnants of the old Parrot Jungle, and that's part of the fun, trying to remember what animals and birds were housed where. Also, there are now signs at some chosen sites, with QR codes to scan for an audio description of the area. Originally, admission to the gardens was free of charge, and there were no amenities aside from restrooms. Now, there is a splash park for the kids, a petting zoo (wasn't real impressed with the condition of the animals, sadly), and snack stands. I'll be honest, I preferred it when it was still just a plain botanic garden, but I do understand the need to attract guests. A visit won't take a full day, but it's definitely worth a stop if you're in the area - we went after visiting Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There was a farmer's market happening in the parking lot on the day we visited - it's a weekly Sunday event - and there are other events and entertainment throughout the year. Pinecrest Gardens is open from 10AM to 5PM Monday through Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on weekends, with hours extended until 6PM during the spring and summer. General admission is $5, seniors get in for $3, and members of the military visit free. (Pinecrest Gardens continued)

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George English Park

Fort Lauderdale

George English Park offers athletic fields, a tennis center, and a playground but all we are interested in today are the boat ramps. There are two boat ramps a...

Pinecrest Gardens


I honestly can't believe that I haven't written about Pinecrest Gardens before! I was there many times when it was Parrot Jungle (founded in 1936!), and the gar...

Wetlands Park

Royal Palm Beach

2016 Update The park is open! This park, formerly known as "Wetland Trail", was closed for a least a couple of years, with a big dumpster in the park...

Riverbend Park


2014 Update The enhancements to Riverbend Park have been completed for a while now, and we've been there a few times with our bikes. There are about ...

Dubois Park and Beach


May 2014 Update Dubois Park has undergone quite a transformation over the past few years, most notably with the addition of day docking for boats, wit...

Royal Palm Beach Commons

Royal Palm Beach

I'll admit, I was pretty surprised when I visited Royal Palm Beach Commons in Royal Palm Beach. I was honestly expecting some thing much smaller, along the lin...

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail


Over Memorial Day weekend this year my husband and I traveled to Gainesville specifically for one thing: to ride our bicycles down the Gainesville-Hawthorne Sta...

Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park


Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park is HUGE, covering over 22,000 acres, and to be honest, we saw only the tiniest portion of the park, just along the first sec...

Little Econ Greenway


My husband and I were at a pinball convention in Orlando in late July, and before heading home we stopped at Little Econ Greenway for a bike ride. Little Econ ...

Loblolly Woods Nature Park


During a recent trip to Gainesville my husband and I, scouting out trails to ride our bikes and in search of the Hogtown Creek Greenway, stopped at Loblolly Woo...

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