You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Experienced This One Incredible Park In Florida

On A1A, near Palm Coast, you’ll find one of the state’s most beautiful parks. At Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, visitors can stroll through the formal gardens, full of both native and exotic plants, including azaleas, roses, camellias and 200-year-old live oaks. Almost two miles of trails wind through the park, for both hiking and biking. The lovely gardens are surrounded by the Matanzas River on one side and a gorgeous stretch of beach on the other, which is known for its unique coquina formations lining the coast. This park is absolutely perfect for day trips and family outings. Bring a pole and spend the day fishing on either side or exploring the tide pools on the beach. A midday picnic in this serene environment is a must. No matter what part of the park you explore, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful scenery the entire time.

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Park hours: 8 a.m. – Sundown, 365 days a year.

Admission: Fee of $5 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle, with an extra charge for more people.

Currently, the park offers ranger-led tours on the first Friday. Tours meet in the Garden parking lot for the 10 a.m. walking tour, which lasts 45 min.-1 hour. Tours are included in admission price.

From July 7th – July 29th, the park is conducting saltwater fishing workshops, on Thursdays for adults and Fridays for children, from 9 a.m. to noon. All supplies are provided, and the cost is $20 per person. Call 386-446-6783 to register or to learn more.

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