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Florida Department of Environmental Protection

November 20, 2014 Newsletter

Celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 27

~Spend Thanksgiving in a Florida State Park with family and friends.~   

A turkey at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
A turkey at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.

On the last Thursday in November of each year, families throughout the United States join together for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Florida Park Service would like to remind everyone that most of Florida’s state parks will be open on Thanksgiving Day.The Florida Park Service invites family and friends to plan a park picnic with Thanksgiving food as everyone enjoys the fall air. After you have finished your Thanksgiving meal, enjoy the recreational opportunities offered at Florida’s state parks.

Most of Florida’s state parks will be open during their regular hours of 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Florida Park Service encourages visitors to call ahead or check the Florida State Parks Website to ensure the park they wish to attend is open.

See below parks that will be open, but will not be offering all regular services:

  • De Leon Springs State Park in De Leon Springs - Sugarmill Restaurant closed 

  • Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna - No cave tours

  • Fort George Island Cultural State Park in Jacksonville - Ribault Clubhouse closed

  • Gamble Plantation Historic State Park in Ellenton - Mansion closed

  • Gasparilla Island State Park in Boca Grande - Lighthouse museum closed

  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek - No guided tours

  • See below the parks that will be closed on Thanksgiving day:

  • Constitution Convention Museum State Park in Port St. Joe

  • Forest Capital Museum State Park in Perry

  • John Gorrie Museum State Park in Apalachicola

  • Orman House Historic State Park in Apalachicola

  • San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park in St. Marks

  • The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove

  • Ybor City Museum State Park in Tampa

  • On behalf of the Florida Park Service and Florida State Parks, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving.


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