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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

 About Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Gazebo surrounded by blooming flowers. Photo by Danielle Floyd.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Renee Paolini

Summer is here!  Come on out to the park and take a walk in the gardens or enjoy our pristine beach and some fun-in-the-sun activities. It’s also a time to relax in the shade offered here by the many Live Oaks in the graceful Gardens and by the charming Visitor Center. Last but not least, the beach! Dust off your beach chairs and bring the sunscreen for a refreshing beach day with the sand under your toes and a view of the Atlantic Ocean’s waves breaking on the coquina rock outcroppings.

For the adventurers, take a hike on old A1A or the Mala Compra trail into Florida’s natural habitats, breaking off from a dense canopied coastal scrub into a coastal maritime hammock and down into the estuarine tidal marsh along the Matanzas River. Peacefully gaze into the reflecting ponds that wind along the footpaths in the gardens and along the way you’ll hopefully catch a glimpse of seasonal birds found this time of the year, like the Great Horned Owl or the Summer Tanager. If you find yourself on the seawall, keep a lookout to the west for the Eagles that reside in the tree tops as they soar the skies and occasionally snare a fish from the Intracoastal Waterway.

The warm weather brings us into a rich blooming season in the Gardens. Remember to stop and smell the roses as the many varieties enchant the senses.

Our wonderful park offers something for everyone. Bring the whole family out to enjoy some of the upcoming events and programs.

The second Saturday of each month, The Friends of Washington Oaks holds a plant sale from 10am-2pm where you can purchase perennials, succulents, and orchids, most being grown right here in the park by our wonderful volunteers. See the Ranger Programs Tab for more information.

The third Saturday of each month, The Friends of Washington Oaks features a Photo Challenge for photographers at every level of expertise. Bring your camera and get “snappy” at the designated photo spots to have your work of art displayed for a month at the Gift Shop and the Visitor Center Information Kiosk. See the Events Tab for more information.

Take a hike into Natural Florida, have a picnic at one of our shaded Pavilions, learn about a piece of Florida’s history, bring a fishing pole and catch a keeper, plan your wedding in the gardens, become a volunteer, and enjoy the beauty of Washington Oaks Gardens. We hope to see you soon!

 

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GETTING HERE

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is located two miles south of Marineland, off A1A.

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