Florida State Parks to celebrate National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday

TALLAHASSEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service will celebrate National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 18. Parents are encouraged to celebrate by bringing their children to a state park for a picnic, a hike in the woods or a refreshing swim.

"National Kids to Parks Day provides a wonderful opportunity for families to experience Florida's natural beauty with a fun day outside," said Florida Park Service Director Donald V. Forgione. "This Saturday, gather your kids and friends and head to a Florida state park to explore nature and enjoy our famous sunshine."

Many of Florida's state parks have organized special events appropriate for children and families for Saturday, May 18. For more information about the parks below visit: www.floridastateparks.org

Southwest Florida

■ Music in the Park: 7 p.m. at Highlands Hammock State Park, 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring. $6 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people); $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers.863-386-6094

■ Cayo Costa Heritage Day: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cayo Costa State Park, four nautical miles west off the coast of Pine Island Florida. $2 per person. 941-964-0375

■ Eagle Hike: 8 a.m. at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, 9120 Old Post Road, Port Richey. $3 for cars and $2 for walkers/bikes. 727-816-1890

South Florida

■ Introduction to Kayak Fishing: 1 p.m. at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach. $5 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people); $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers. 561-624-6950

■ Scavenger Hunt: 10 a.m. at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. $6 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people); $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers. 772-546-2771

Central Florida

■ Discovery Hike: 10 a.m. at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, 3100 S. State Road A1A, Flagler Beach. $5 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people) and per boat access from Intracoastal Waterway; $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers. 386-517-2086

■ Nature Fest: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Louisa State Park, 7305 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont. $5 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people); $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers. 352-394-3969

■ Disasters & Dreams Powerpoint Program: 1 p.m. at Sebastian Inlet State Park, 9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach. $8 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people); $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers. 321-984-4852

■ Stargazing Event: 7:30 p.m. at Silver River State Park, 1425 N.E. 58th Ave., Ocala. $6 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people); $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers; Silver River Museum and Environmental Center $2 per person 6 and older. 352-236-7148.

■ Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tomoka State Park, 2099 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach. $5 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people); $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers. 386-676-4050.

■ Third Saturday Photo Challenge: At Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Palm Coast, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. $5 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people); $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers. 386-446-6780

Northwest Florida

■ Civil War Weekend: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Orman House Historic State Park, 177 Fifth St., Apalachicola. Free, kids 5 and younger; $2 per person 6 and older. 850-653-1209

■ Topsail Nature Hike: 3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach. $6 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people); $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers. 850-267-8330.

Northeast Florida

■ Nature Hike: 2 p.m. at Fort George Island Cultural State Park, State Road A1A South, Jacksonville. Free. 904-251-2320

■ Turtles and Reptiles Program: 10 a.m. at O'Leno State Park, 410 S.E. O'Leno Park Road, High Springs. $5 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people); $4 single occupant vehicle; $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers. 386-454-1853

National Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide grassroots movement which was established as part of the National Park Trust’s ongoing efforts to connect youth across the country with nature and encourage them to explore outdoors – especially at parks in their communities. National Kids to Parks Day is held on the third Saturday every May and is responsible for bringing more than 100,000 kids and families to parks.

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