Visit a State Park or State Trail on Thanksgiving Day

The Florida Park Service invites all Florida residents and visitors to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday in a state park. Most of Florida’s state parks will be open their regular hours, 8 a.m. to sunset on Thursday, Nov. 28. So, after the feast or when out-of-town visitors or children need to be entertained, head to your local state park or state trail for a hike, bicycle ride or to soak up the sun.

“This is an excellent time to enjoy nature, fresh air and Florida’s famous sunshine with family and friends,” said Donald Forgione, Florida Park Service Director. “I encourage Floridians to bring their visiting relatives to their local state park for fun activities and to make unforgettable holiday memories.”

Most of Florida’s award-winning state parks are open 365 days a year and some museums or historic sites have different hours, and may be open only five days a week. Visit for information about all 171 state parks and trails.

To celebrate the fall season, Florida’s state parks offer a variety of fall festivals and fun family events. Whether you’re interested in making family memories, longing for an outdoors trip or simply looking to take a break, Florida’s state parks offer the perfect setting for outdoor recreation. Visit the website for special events and guided tours, hikes and paddles and ranger programs to celebrate the fall season.

In October, the Florida State Parks System won its third Gold Medal of Excellence from the National Recreation and Parks System. This makes Florida the first three-time gold medal award recipient. Since 1935, the Florida Park Service has provided recreational activities, while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

For a list of parks or activities are closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, click here.

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