Recreation
5:24 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Reminder: Florida State Parks Remain Open To The Public

While the partial shutdown of the federal government has caused national parks like the Everglades to close temporarily, the state parks are still open.

A view of the gun room and 10-inch Rodman cannon at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.
Credit FloridaStateParks.org

The Florida Park Service is reminding residents and visitors that all 171 state parks are open for business seven days a week.

Park managers say visitors who have planned a trip to a closed federal park shouldn't cancel their plans; they should just visit a nearby state park instead.

Joe Howard, a manager at Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee, says Florida’s parks have something for everyone, especially as the weather cools down during fall.

Most state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sunset, and many offer overnight camping and cabins.

To find your closest state park, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org .