Governor Rick Scott today is encouraging Florida residents and visitors to explore Florida’s unique environment in the new year at Florida’s 175 state parks. Florida State Parks are open on New Year’s Day and will be hosting more than 35 events on January 1, 2019, as well as more than 100 events in the month of January. These events include hikes, paddles and swims, and are designed to help families get outdoors.
Governor Scott said, “Florida has the best state parks in the nation, making them great places to spend time outdoors with family and friends. I’m encouraging Floridians and visitors alike to start the new year on the right foot at one of our 175 award-winning state parks and trails.”
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein said, “Florida is home to some of the most diverse and unique natural areas in the country and Florida State Parks protect many of these jewels. As we think about things we are thankful for this new year, I know that many families will join me in being thankful for our incredible state park system and the committed park staff who work to share these resources every day of the year.”
Florida State Parks are the only state park system in the nation to win the Gold Medal for Excellence in State Park Management three times. Florida’s 175 state parks are open from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year. To learn more about Florida State Parks and find an event, visit FloridaStateParks.org.