Visit a State Park or State Trail on Christmas

The Florida Park Service invites all Florida residents and visitors to enjoy the Christmas holiday in a state park. Most of Florida’s 171 state parks and trails will be open their regular hours, 8 a.m. to sunset on Wednesday, Dec. 25. So, 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.

“Florida’s mild temperatures and the holidays family members from far away a reason to visit during the winter,” said Donald Forgione, Florida Park Service Director. “I encourage Floridians to bring their visiting relatives to their local state park for fun activities, exercise and sunshine.”

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.

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 Christmas, Dec. 25, click here.

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