Posted in Florida Camping, Nature August 18, 2015 by Victoria W These 12 Amazing Camping Spots In Florida Are An Absolute Must See Florida has some of the best camping and the most beautiful state parks in the country. Don’t believe us? Check these out. 1. Blue Spring State Park Flickr/Jim Brekke Flickr/Katy Warner This park in Orange City is a popular spot to see manatees (mid-November through March) and other wildlife for both natives and tourists. Admission is $6 per vehicle, and a campsite will cost you $24.00 per night, plus tax. Florida State Parks also add a $6.70 reservation fee, so add this to the price for each park if you plan to reserve a spot for in advance (which is a good idea). This includes water and electricity. 2. Bahia Honda State Park Flickr/Jenni Konrad This gem on Big Pine Key is famous for its view of the Old Railroad Bridge. Snorkeling is popular at this park, but there are many other options from cycling to fishing and picnicking. Campsites cost $36 a night. As with most of the parks on this list, it's wise to reserve a spot well in advance. 3. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Flickr/Marijka Julie Fletcher via Flickr/VISIT FLORIDA Editor This National Natural Landmark near Gainesville is a beloved spot for wildlife viewing, with alligators, horses, and even bison for $18 a night. This park will definitely become one of your favorites. 4. Hillsborough River State Park Flickr/Matthew Paulson Flickr/Walter This park in Thonotosassa (about 20 miles from Tampa) is absolutely gorgeous and historic, having opened in 1938. It features Class II rapids, a pool with a café, and includes the nearby Fort Foster. Admission is $6 per vehicle, and camping is $24 per night. Canoes, bikes, and even golf carts are available for rent. 5. Cayo Costa State Park Flickr/Chris Lexow Cayo Costa is located off the coast of Pine Island on Florida's west coast. Admission is $2 per person, and tent camping costs $22 per night. Sea turtles, manatees, and bald eagles can be spotted at this beautiful park. 6. Juniper Springs Recreation Area, Ocala National Forest Flickr/Houser This scene that looks right out of a fairy tale is actually Fern Hammock Springs, which is only accessible by walking a short distance from Juniper Springs. There are many, many beautiful places in Ocala National Forest, which is located in north central Florida. Call (352) 625-3147 for more information on staying in Juniper Springs Recreation Area. 7. Myakka River State Park Flickr/Jim Liestman Flickr/Pieter Bas Elskamp A local favorite, Myakka, near Sarasota, has a river and two lakes, so water-related opportunities are plentiful. Entrance costs $6 per vehicle, and camping costs $26 a night. It's home to many diverse environments, so there's something for everyone. 8. Sebastian Inlet Flickr/Daniel Piraino Flickr/Daniel Piraino This park south of Melbourne marks the spot of a Spanish fleet's wreck in 1715. The ark also contains a treasure museum and a fishing museum, so there's always something to do. Admission is $8 per vehicle, and camping is $28 a night. 9. Rainbow Springs State Park Greg Workman via Flickr/Florida Fish and Wildlife That's right, there are waterfalls in Florida. Man-made maybe, but lovely nonetheless. Rainbow Springs State Park is a unique and historic paradise in Dunnellon that you just can't miss. Camping costs $30 a night, and the very popular tubing costs $15. Tubing is closed October through March, so hurry! 10. Florida Caverns State Park Flickr/stephg67 First waterfalls, now caves? You heard right. This park is home to the only open-air caves open to the public in the state of Florida. Admission is $5 per vehicle and $20 a night for camping. Cave tours are available for an additional cost, but don't run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 11. TH Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula Park Flickr/Jason Mrachina $24 a night and $6 per vehicle gets you a spot at this park in Port St. Joe with water, electricity, a picnic table, and a grill in one of our best state parks with one of the best beaches in the country. Don't pass up a night like this. 12. Grayton Beach State Park Flickr/JR P Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach is home to another of our top-rated beaches, as well as the gorgeous lake seen here. $5 per vehicle and $25 to $30 per campsite will buy you endless outdoor opportunities on Florida's Emerald Coast. What are your favorite places to camp in Florida? Please share them with us below and they could end up in one of our lists.