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6 Florida State Parks To Visit This Summer

From camping and cabins to hiking trails and springs, here are some of Florida's best State Parks to visit this summer

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Summer could be a great opportunity to get to know some of the best state parks located across Florida.

Here are some top destinations for you to visit with your family, significant other or alone to get some rest from a busy life.

Cayo Costa State Park: Campsite and Cabins

This island on Florida's Gulf Coast is accessible only by boat or kayak. It offers nine miles of undeveloped shoreline for swimming, snorkeling, shelling, fishing and birdwatching.

Cayo Costa Island showcases shorebirds, manatees, porpoises and sea turtles offshore.

Campsites and cabins are available for overnight stays, and a ferry service runs to the island from several mainland locations.

Admission: $2 per person

Location: 4 Nautical Miles West of Pine Island

CAYO COSTA ISLAND, FLORIDA - (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

Collier-Seminole State Park: RV Campground

Collier-Seminole State Park lies partly within the great mangrove swamp of South Florida, one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world.

Campground sites offer electricity, water, a grill and picnic tables. The restrooms have hot showers and there are laundry facilities available. A dump station is available for RV campers. 

The park has canoe rentals along with a boat ramp that provides access to the Blackwater River. There are opportunities for bicycling, hiking and nature observation.

Location: 20200 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL 34114

Collier-Seminole State Park sign. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

The park contains a collection of natural springs, including a large second-magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day.

Paddling, snorkeling and swimming are all popular at the park. Pavilions are available, and a concession stand provides food and beverage service, plus paddling equipment rentals.

Admission: $6 per vehicle

Location: 7450 N.E. 60th St. High Springs, FL 32643

Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Dudley Farm Historic State Park was designated as a National Historic Landmark on Jan. 13, 2021. The farm tells the history of owner-operator farms in the southern U.S. in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

This place is often used for tours, weddings, hiking and wildlife viewing.

Admission: $5 per vehicle

Location: 18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, FL 32669

A North American, wild tom turkey at Dudley Farm Historic State Park. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Grayton Beach State Park: Cabins and Campgrounds at the Beach

Grayton Beach offers fishing and paddling and has 4 miles of trails to traverse through a coastal forest.

An overnight excursion is available with a stay in one of the cabins. Campgrounds are also available.

Admission: $5 per vehicle

Location: 357 Main Park Road, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Grayton Beach is a State Park in the Panhandle of Florida

Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park is surrounded by gardens and historic structures.

The park is the home of the annual Springsfest, which celebrates protection of all Florida springs and waterways.

The Silver River offers glass-bottom boat tours, campsites, cabins, historic sites, picnic pavilions, and RV campgrounds, among many others.

A Palm Tree in the Silver River at Silver Springs, Florida. Home of the glass-bottomed boats.

For more information, visit Floridastateparks.org

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