Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Florida State Parks

Sep. 21, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service joins Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of State in recognizing the Hispanic/Latino culture’s contributions to Florida during Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept.15-Oct. 15.

“Hispanic culture has long influenced Florida’s rich history and 15 state parks preserve and honor that contribution,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service. “I encourage Florida residents and visitors to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by visiting a state park steeped in Hispanic history.”

This month, join the Florida Park Service in “Recognizing the Past, Honoring the Present and Celebrating the Future” at one of these 15 state parks that are rich in Hispanic traditions. The 15 parks preserving and honoring Hispanic history are sprinkled throughout Florida from Tallahassee to Key West and many are offering special programs as part of the month-long celebration.

The following Florida state parks offer a window into Florida’s Hispanic heritage:

Northwest Florida

Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, Ponce de Leon

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, St. Marks

Northeast Florida

Big Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville

Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine

Fort Mose Historic State Park, St. Augustine

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, Alachua

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy

Central Florida

De Leon Springs State Park, DeLeon Springs

Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach

Sebastian Inlet State Park’s McLarty Treasure Museum, Melbourne Beach

Southwest Florida

Cayo Costa State Park, Boca Grande

Mound Key Archaeological State Park, Estero

Ybor City Museum State Park, Tampa

South Florida

San Pedro Underwater Archaeology Preserve State Park, Islamorada

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West

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