There are 11 national parks here in our state of Florida including Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas and of course, the Everglades. Don't forget about Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Fort Matanzas National Monument both located in the gorgeous city of St. Augustine. (Check out this post when we visited last year). Right in our own backyard located here in Jacksonville, we have the Timucuan Preserve which includes Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation. You can get more details for these two National Parks on this website.
We can't always visit a national park so I love taking my kids to local state parks. A plus side of living in Jacksonville is that our city has an abundant amount of parks. Parks serve multiple purposes including using them to have picnics, parties, sports activities, play time for kids, peaceful place to relax, take a walk, enjoy nature, have photo shoots and even weddings. Ever since having kids, I have learned to appreciate them even more. Here are some pics from some parks we like to visit:
|Jessie Ball DuPont Park|
|Also known as Treaty Oak Park because it's home to the 200 year old tree|
|This tree is amazing to see|
|This park is a great place for pictures|
|I love the long branches and how they twist and turn in various ways|
|Friendship Fountain Park|
|This fountain becomes vibrant and colorful at night when the light show goes on.|
|Love the view from here.|
|Lots of pretty views at this park.|
|This park is a great place for pictures, too.|
|Lots of running space.|
|This park is a great place to get some peace.|
Some of our other fave parks are Roosevelt Park, Memorial Park, Boone Park, 9A/Baymeadows Park and McGirts Creek Park. Go to Jacksonville's Parks and Recreation Department (JaxParks) to get more details and park locations.
Support your parks and enjoy your weekend!