North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Alexa On June - 25 - 2017 0 Comment

Florida is a beautiful state full of state parks, botanical gardens, and interesting Florida wildlife. Florida’s oldest city, St. Augustine, is a great place to visit if you want to explore beautiful parks. Some even have a bit of history. Here are the best parks to visit during your next St. Augustine trip.

Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

The park is the site of the original St. Augustine settlement from 1565. The park has been open since 1868 and is dedicated to St. Augustine history and its founder, Pedro Menendez de Aviles. You can explore 15 acres of history and beautiful waterfront gardens in the park. You’ll be captivated by the beautiful magnolia trees, peacocks, and blue cedars throughout the park. Some notable things to see in the park are the Menendez statue, archaeological sites, lookout tower, and the Timucuan village.

Anastasia State Park

You’ll never be bored while exploring the 1,600 acres of Florida wildlife and beach at Anastasia State Park. The nature trail takes you through marshes and ancient sand dunes. The park also has a national register of historic places site, Coquina Quarry. This is where coquina rock was mined to build the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. You might even see a tortoise and some Florida native birds.

Alpine Groves Park

The 54-acre park is located on a bluff that overlooks the St. Johns River. The park was built on the grounds of a 19th-century homestead. It’s a great place for birding as it’s on the official Great Florida Birding Trail. You’ll enjoy the fresh smell of citrus and magnolia trees as you visit the butterfly garden or fish off the dock.

Faver-Dykes State Park

If you like water sports, Faver-Dykes State Park borders Pellicer Creek that is a designated state canoe trail. The peaceful spot is a great place to enjoy a quiet nature walk where you can see a variety of Florida birds, deer, river otter, turkey, and bobcat. With the abundance of animals, it’s also a local favorite for hunting and fishing.

St. Augustine area’s parks are a great place to enjoy the Florida outdoors without going to the beach. To explore the parks for more than a day, book a stay at Agustin Inn bed and breakfast.


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