Looking for a day or weekend trip from Miami? With sunshine almost year-round, there is no bad time to visit Florida’s national parks and diverse ecosystem.Less
Traveling in Florida isn’t complete without stopping at the Everglades—a swampland just one hour outside of Miami. With 1.5 million acres of tropical and subtropical habitat, this park is one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Step into a haven amongst the mangroves, immerse yourself in the sense of wonder that surrounds you, and to sink deep into the slow, languid pace of life in a swamp.
Discover the rich cultural stories of Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in south Florida, home to a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther. This recreational paradise preserves over 700,000 acres and offers camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and bird watching opportunities.
Located within sight of downtown Miami, popular activities at Biscayne National Park include boating, snorkeling, camping, and wildlife watching. Within the park, which is over 90 percent water, enjoy the extensive mangrove forest along the shoreline, a portion of the world's third-longest living coral reef, and the northernmost Florida Keys. And don’t miss out on scuba diving or snorkeling along the Maritime Heritage Trail, where you can explore the remains of six shipwrecks.
Visitors to Canaveral National Seashore enjoy year-round recreation opportunities including fishing, boating, canoeing, surfing, sunbathing, swimming, hiking, camping, nature, and historical trails. A refuge for many endangered species, the barrier island and adjacent waterways offer a blend of plant and animal life to enjoy while walking the nature and historical trails.
Over 320 years old, the 20-acre site of Castillo de San Marcos National Monument stands proud as the oldest and largest masonry fortress within the continental United States. Discover what lays within this impenetrable fortress that once withstood siege against British forces and combatted pirate raiding.
Located in the in the Tampa Bay area, De Soto National Memorial commemorates the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto and his army of over 600 soldiers and the fierce resistance they were met with by the indigenous people protecting their homelands. Here, you can learn about the story of the four year, four-thousand-mile odyssey and its significance in American history. The park also offers many outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, birdwatching, camping, and boating.
With clear blue waters that stretch for miles and colorful marine life, Dry Tortugas National Park is the perfect remote getaway from Miami. Almost seventy miles west of Key West, visitors can explore a 19th century fort and snorkel superlative coral reefs and marine life that is mostly open water with seven small islands. Make sure to plan ahead – there is no car access to the park! Reserve a ferry ride or hop aboard a seaplane to visit this park.
Located within Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Fort Caroline National Memorial honors the short-lived French presence in 16th century Florida. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks.
The history and culture of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve stretches over 6,000 years. Hear the stories of the native people who survived in Florida's environment prior to European contact, learn of the clash of cultures that occurred as nations converged in the New World, and experience more modern trends such as the present community efforts to sustain modern life while preserving our local environment and its history.
A timeless vigil, Fort Matanzas National Monument guarded St. Augustine's southern river approach on barrier islands along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas estuary. In addition to commemorating the history of Fort Matanzas, the park also provides a natural habitat rich in wildlife with the salt marsh, scrub, and maritime hammock now protecting endangered and threatened species.