More Than the Everglades: Florida’s National Parks

Some people could believe that the only natural beauty found in Florida national parks is in the Everglades—there’s so much more! The Everglades may be Florida’s most famous national park, world renowned for its size and rich biodiversity, but the Sunshine State is home to several other parks. Many of them are among the most beautiful national parks in the nation, so let’s explore what else they have to offer. 

National Parks in Florida

Big Cypress National Preserve

Ochopee, Florida

Known as the “Freshwater of the Sea,” Big Cypress National Preserve, neighbors the aforementioned Everglades, and features a very diverse landscape with over 700,000 acres. It’s also America’s first national preserve and helped start a rich tradition of preserving Florida’s ecosystem.

Biscayne National Park

Miami, Key Biscayne & Homestead, Florida

Just outside the glitz and glamor of Miami, you’ll find the natural oasis known as Biscayne National Park. You’ll discover lush islands, vast coral reefs, fishing, guiding tours and more. If you’re visiting the city and find that you need to escape the concrete jungle for a few hours, Biscayne National Park is the place to do so. 

Canaveral National Seashore

Titusville and New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Canaveral National Seashore boasts a unique distinction from other shorelines in Florida, as it’s the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline along the Atlantic. Nature lovers will find that this is a place to observe many wonderful animals, including sea turtles. Canaveral also serves as a remarkable natural backdrop to watch shuttle launches from neighboring Kennedy Space Center.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Key West, Florida

Nestled some 70 miles just off the western coast of the Keys, Dry Tortugas National Park is over 100 square miles of gorgeous open water and several islands filled with natural wonders to discover. You’ll find lots to do here beyond the natural beauty, as the park is also home to Fort Jefferson, the largest 19th century fort in our nation. 

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Breeze, Florida (and Ocean Springs, Mississippi)

Gulf Islands National Seashore’s emerald coast isn’t exclusive to just Florida. The park sits in the Gulf of Mexico and also has a Mississippi side to explore as well. Along its 160 miles of coastline you’ll find plenty to do, like camping, boating, bird watching, snorkeling and so much more. That’s before you’ve even seen any of the park’s historical sites, including numerous Civil War forts. 

Florida’s year-round sunny weather means there’s never a bad time to hit the open road and find an adventure at any of these wonderful national parks. But when you do, you’ll want high-quality auto insurance from Florida Farm Bureau Insurance to keep you and your family covered. So use our Agent Finder to contact your local agent and get a quote today.