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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are your days and hours of operation?

Most of Florida's state parks are open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset every day of the year. Museums, visitor centers and historic sites may be closed two days per week and their hours may vary. Check the park's webpage for specific information.

How much are the entrance fees?

The entrance fee into most state parks ranges from $4.00 to $6.00 per vehicle, up to eight people. Some parks are more; some parks are less. Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers are $2.00 per person. There may be additional fees for camping, tours and museum entrances. Check the park's Web page for specific information.

*Prices subject to change without notice.

What methods of payment are accepted for entrance to state parks or overnight accommodations?

State Parks accept cash for entrance fees to any state park. Overnight accommodations may be secured with major credit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.

Are discounts available at Florida State Parks?

  • Seniors (65+) and 100 percent disabled Florida residents (maximum four people per site) receive half off the base fee for camping.
  • Weekly rate discounts are available at selected parks offering 10 percent off the base fee for camping.
  • Monthly rate discounts are available at selected parks offering 30 percent off the base fee for camping.

Is an annual pass available for frequent state park visitors?

Individual and family passes are available. Passes may be purchased through any state park, by direct mail and online.

Are alcoholic beverages allowed in the parks?

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in public areas in all state parks. In some instances when private, fee-based events are scheduled, alcoholic beverages may be allowed.

Are state park facilities accessible for persons using wheelchairs?

Many of Florida's state parks offer accessible facilities and programs. For additional access to trails and beaches, all terrain wheelchairs are located in parks throughout the state. Accessible boat tours are available at some parks. Sign language interpreters can be provided, with advance notice. Many parks with video programs offer an open-captioned version, as well as transcribed copies of audio programs. If you need information about specific facilities and programs, please call or write to the park that interests you.

CAMPING AND CABIN QUESTIONS RETURN TO TOP


How much does it cost to camp at Florida State Park Campgrounds?

Camping fees range from $12.00 to $38.00. Visit the park's website for specific information.

Do you have lodging in state parks?

The Lodge at Wakulla Springs is the only overnight lodge available. However, 17 state parks from Pensacola to the Florida Keys include overnight cabin accommodations. Some are vacation cabins with two bedrooms and some are rustic. For overnight reservations, call toll-free to (800) 326-3521 or TDD (888) 433-0287. If you prefer, you can make your reservation online at http://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance.

How do I make a reservation to camp in a Florida State Park?

Visitors to Florida State Parks can reserve campsites and cabins by calling toll-free to (800) 326-3521, 1-866-ICAMPFL or TDD (888) 433-0287. If you prefer, you can make your reservation online at http://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance.

Can I bring my pet to stay in a state park cottage, cabin or lodge?

No. Pets are not permitted in state park cabins, cottages or lodges. Pets are permitted in campgrounds. Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida's state parks. The Pet Policy shares guidelines for bringing your pets to the park.

Will my RV fit in your campsites?

RV campsites are available for vehicles ranging in length from 20 to 76 feet. Most campsites maintain a soft gravel pad and each is equipped with water and electricity. Most parks have a centrally located dump station. Some parks offer drive through and waterfront locations. Check the park's Web page for specific information.

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Can I reserve a picnic shelter for a family, business or church outing?

In general, parks offer picnic shelters on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, some picnic shelters may be reserved. Check the park's Web page for specific information.

Can I fish at state parks? Do I need a fishing license?

Fishing locations are abundant in Florida's State Parks. Check the park's Web page for specific information. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Web site to determine if you need a fishing license.

Where can I learn more about outfitters and outdoor tours?

The State of Florida's Nature and Heritage Tourism Center is a resource of information for Florida's natural and cultural resources and recreational opportunities. It is located on the corner of Highway 136 and U.S 41 in White Springs, Florida. The Center is easily accessed off Interstate 10 or Interstate 75. You may also reach them at (800) 868-9914.

Can I arrange to have my wedding, business meeting or family reunion at a state park in Florida?

Special events are permitted at state parks. Please check with the park of your choice for special details and arrangements.

Where can I swim with the manatees?

Resource protection is foremost at all state parks and swimming with manatees is not allowed. However, the endangered Florida manatee can be seen every day at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Visitors can go below the water’s surface to view these gentle giants from the underwater observatory in Homosassa's main spring.

Is hunting allowed in Florida State Parks?

Florida's state parks are managed as natural systems. All plant and animal life is protected in state parks. Limited hunting with a special permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is allowed at the Rock Springs Run State Reserve located in Apopka, Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve located in Cedar Key and Big Shoals State Park in White Springs. To fully enjoy the experience of visiting a wilderness area it is recommended that you contact the reserves in advance of your planned visit.

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How can I become involved as a volunteer at Florida State Parks?

More than 6,000 volunteers, 1,900 community partners and numerous citizen support organizations provide much needed additional support for state parks. You, your family or service organization can participate by donating time, money or supplies to your nearby park. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact the individual park to ask about opportunities. You can also contact the Florida Park Service Volunteer Coordinator at (850) 245-2157. Visit the Get Involved section of the Web site to learn more.

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Who can I contact about job opportunities at state parks? How can I become a park ranger?

Job opportunity announcements are available at: jobs.myflorida.com.

All inquiries for applicant information should be directed to the People First Service Center, 1-866-663-4735.

If you have questions or need additional information about career opportunities with Florida State Parks, contact:

Nancy Richardson
3900 Commonwealth Blvd. MS 535
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-3000
(850)245-3083
Nancy.Richardson@dep.state.fl.us