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Florida National Parks

Big Cypress National Preserve

Area protects the watershed for the threatened ecosystem of South Florida and includes abundant subtropical plant and animal life.

Biscayne National Park

Protects interrelated marine ecosystems including mangrove shoreline, bay community, subtropical keys, and the northernmost coral reef in the U.S.

Canaveral National Seashore

24 miles of undeveloped barrier island preserve the natural beach, marsh, dune, and lagoon habitats for a variety of wildlife, including many species of birds.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Oldest masonry fort in the U.S. was started in 1672 by the Spanish to protect St. Augustine, the first permanent settlement by Europeans in the continental U.S.

De Soto National Memorial

Commemorates Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who landed on the southwest Florida coast in 1539.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Park's cluster of seven islands includes Fort Jefferson, the largest all-masonry fortification in the Western Hemisphere, a bird refuge, and abundant marine life.

Everglades National Park

The largest subtropical wilderness in the continental U.S. includes extensive fresh- and saltwater areas, Everglades prairies, and mangrove forests.

Fort Caroline National Memorial

Two centuries of French and Spanish colonial rivalry in North America began here with the establishment of a French Huguenot settlement in 1564.

Fort Matanzas National Monument

Built in 1740-42, this Spanish fort was responsible for warning St. Augustine of British or other enemy approach from the south.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Located in both Florida and Mississippi, the offshore islands feature beaches, historic forts, and nature trails.

Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve

Protects estuarine natural resources, along with historic and prehistoric sites between northeast Florida's lower Saint Johns and Nassau rivers.

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