National Parks in Florida.
Florida's 11 national parks encompass tropical islands, coastal wetlands, and historic forts.
Sugar-white sands, lush islands, and wildlife-filled marshes fringe Florida's coastline, and the state's 11 National Park Services lands cover the highlights. Dive into state history as you explore historic sites, cruise the UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Everglades, or snorkelRead more...
Sugar-white sands, lush islands, and wildlife-filled marshes fringe Florida's coastline, and the state's 11 National Park Services lands cover the highlights. Dive into state history as you explore historic sites, cruise the UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Everglades, or snorkel the coral reef islands of the Florida Keys. Camping is possible in or near all of Florida's national parks, whether pitching your tent by the beach or checking into an RV park. November through April has the best weather for camping, while soaring temperatures and hurricanes can quickly hamper camping plans in summer.
Where to Go
Florida's northwestern country is famed for its white-sand beaches, and the region's only national park doesn't disappoint. Coastal marshes, pristine beaches, and islands make up the Gulf Islands National Seashore between Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. Stay at one of two developed campsites or pitch your tent right on the beach at a hike-in backcountry campsite.
Jacksonville is the gateway to the northern Atlantic Coast, where the Fort Matanzas National Monument, Fort Caroline National Monument, and St. Augustine's Castillo de San Marcos provide insight into Florida’s French and Spanish heritage. To the north, the hardwood hammocks and salt marshes of Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve are a bird-watching paradise, while backcountry campers can escape the crowds on the hiking trails, beaches, and barrier islands of the Canaveral National Seashore on the east coast near Titusville.
The headline act of Florida's south has to be Everglades National Park, where campers can cruise the subtropical wetlands ecosystem, spot manatees and crocodiles from the boardwalks, and sleep out at wilderness campgrounds reachable only by water. If that’s not enough of an adventure, there’s also the neighboring Big Cypress National Preserve, where kayak paddling, boat tours, and backcountry camping lets you truly escape the crowds.
The string of islands and coral reefs that pepper Florida's southern shore provide some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the US, and there are two national parks to explore. To the east near Homestead, the mangrove forests and lagoons of Biscayne National Park lie just off the coast of Miami, while Fort Jefferson and the remote islands of Dry Tortugas National Park sit west of Key West. Leave your RV behind, as these campsites are only reachable by boat or seaplane, set amid shipwrecks and marine life.