Everglades National Park in Florida

National Parks in Florida

There are three national parks in Florida, which protect large swaths of Florida’s natural ecosystem. 

  • Key Biscayne National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Dry Tortugas National Park

Florida’s national parks are administered by the federal government, and managed by the National Park Service.

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is located in the southernmost part of the state, and stretches across the entire southern section of the Florida peninsula. 

The park protects a fragile, priceless and irreplaceable wetland ecosystem, which has lost much of its size to development and destruction.

Everglades National Park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, including some of Florida’s most famous wildlife, including countless bird species, manatees, alligators, crocodiles, and the nearly extinct Florida panther.

Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park is located offshore of Florida’s southeast coast. 

Biscayne National Park is famous for its beautiful living coral reefs and endless mangrove forests. 

The park is home to many species, including migratory birds, seabirds, countless fish and marine species, manatees, sharks and dolphins, among others.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most unique and remote national parks in the United States. The park, mostly marine, is located in the Gulf of Mexico, about 70 miles west of Key West. 

The park is known for its colorful coral reefs, crystal clear waters, and rich history, which dates back for many hundreds of years. 

Dry Tortugas National Park is mostly a marine environment, along with a series of low lying islands. The national park is home to a variety of marine species, including sea turtles, tropical fish, and sea birds.

Other “National” Parks in Florida

Other types of national park sites in Florida include:

  • Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Canaveral National Seashore
  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  • De Soto National Memorial
  • Fort Caroline National Memorial
  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

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