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Wrap up your summer with FREE entry for Florida Parks

Florida State Parks and public libraries in South Florida offer an opportunity for free entry to almost all state parks in the Florida through Sept. 12, 2022.

Usual entry for Florida state parks varies, but typically is about $5-$10 per vehicle.

Some state parks rent kayaks. Photo/Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Real Florida Reader Program offers library patrons free vouchers during summer on loan. The voucher offers entry for about 170 state parks in Florida, with a few exceptions.

Phone your local library to verify if a voucher is available for loan. If you're not already a library patron eligible to borrow books & other items, signing up at your local library is easy and free.

Florida State Parks in Palm Beach County

  • John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nichlaus Drive, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Florida State Parks in Broward County

  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, 6503 N Ocean Dr, Dania Beach, FL 33004

The Barnacle State Park

Florida State Parks in Miami-Dade County

  • Oleta River State Park, 3400 Ne 163Rd St, N Miami, FL 33160
  • The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy Coconut Grove, FL 33133
  • Bill Boggs Cape Florida State Park, 1200 S Crandon Blvd Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Florida State Parks in Monroe County 

  • Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, County Rd. 905 & Mile Marker 106, Key Largo, FL 33037
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
  • Florida Keys Heritage Trail, 3 La Croix Court, Key Largo, FL 33037 plus multiple entrances throughout the islands
  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, 84900 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL33036 
  • Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, 77200 Overseas Hwy Islamorada, FL 33001
  • Indian Key Historic State Park, Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
  • San Pedro Underwater Archeaeological Preserve State Park
  • Long Key State Park, 67400 Overseas Hwy, Long Key, FL 33001
  • Curry Hammock State Park, 56200 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
  • Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (multiple locations)
  • Bahia Honda State Park, 36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, 601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040

Information about the program is online.

Information about Florida State Parks is online.

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