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Friday, October 14, 2016

Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EDT

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe rental $17 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $5.

Single Kayak $15 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

Double Kayak $20 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

More Information:
Kimbell Education Center (561) 745-5551

Located in the Southeast region at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Explore the natural wonders of the Loxahatchee River. Rent a canoe or kayak at the park's River Store or bring your own and join us for a fun and leisurely paddle. Registration is required. 

Additional Information:

For more information contact the Kimbell Education Center at (561) 745-5551.

Woodstove Cooking Demonstration & Tasting @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Park entry fee is $3.00 per car.  Historic house tours are an additional $3.00 per adult, $2.00 per child (6-12 years.) Cash or check only. House tour times which will include this demonstration are 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM and 3PM only.

More Information:
Carrie Todd, Park Ranger (352) 466-3672

Located in the Northeast region at:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S. CR 325
Cross Creek, FL 32640

Take an historic house tour and watch park ranger Carrie Todd demonstrate Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' methods for cooking a variety of her recipes on the kitchen's vintage woodstove.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

These cooking demonstrations highlight the joy and satisfaction of Rawlings' ability to make use of ingredients from her own farm.  Different samples will be offered throughout the day for tasting, and ingredients used will be posted at the demonstration.

Hayride with Ranger Crowe and Friends @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm EDT

 This event is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 850-487-4556

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

The Department of Environmental Protection's Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park would like to invite you and your family out for a one of a kind hayride.  Come enjoy a hayride down the majestic brick path of the gardens where you will get to view unique and creative scarecrows.  We will be briefly stopping at each scarecrow so you can really enjoy the details and artwork.  After the hayride participants will have the chance to vote for their favorite scarecrow to receive the People's Choice Award!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements 

The last hayride will be at 6:45 p.m.

Fourth Annual Haunted Hammock @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 5:30pm to 10:00pm EDT

Admission fee to the Haunted Hammock is $5.00 per person.  Kids under five years old are free.  The Terror Tram ride is additional $5.00 per person, regardless of age.  Park entry fees are waived after 5:30 pm for the event.

More Information:
Contact the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Highlands Hammock will celebrate Halloween and the arrival of autumn at the Fourth Annual Haunted Hammock!  This fun and thrilling special event will be held on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 2016.   Families with very young children can enjoy the Friendly Forest, no-scare area early in the evening.  The Friendly Forest features a trail walk from 5:30 pm until dusk, carnival style games with candy, coloring, costume contests, music and dancing with a live DJ, and making scarecrows.  Adults and older youngsters who ride the Terror Tram may enjoy thrills, chills and a "full loop of terror" this year, as the ride is being lengthened to include the entire Loop Road.  Food vendors and a gift shop sponsored by the Friends of Highlands Hammock will be available.  Please see Additional Information for participation requirements and other pertinent information. 

Additional Information:

Please review participation requirements for the Fourth Annual Haunted Hammock by clicking on the following links:  EEC FRIENDLY FOREST HALLOWEEN and EEC TERROR TRAM HALLOWEEN

Jaycees Haunted Swamp Walk - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

$12.00: Adult TIckets

$8.00: Children's tickets, ten and under

More Information:
Call the concessions at Silver Springs 352-261-5840

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

The JCI Ocala Jaycees present the 44th Annual Haunted House in partnership with Silver Springs State Park, every Friday and Saturday evening in October.

This will be an evening of fun and fear and will feature multiple scare zones as well as food and drink service.

No costumes or masks permitted. This is a scary event and may not be suitable for young children. Please read participation requirements in the additional information section.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40). The gates will be closed promptly at 10:00 p.m. and no new visitors will be allowed entry. Visitors that have already participated will be able to exit through a one-way gate.

For more information on the Ocala Jaycees visit their facebook page.

The Ocala Jaycees is a nonprofit organization for local citizens looking to make an impact on the community. Through development opportunities and their global network of young, active citizens, the mission of the Jaycees is to empower young people to create positive change.

Participation requirements.

"Moon Over the Mounds" Returns Monthly @ Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm EDT

Recommended donations of $5.00 per person will be applied to sustaining future interpretive programming in the park.

More Information:
Park Ranger, 352-795-3817

Located in the Northeast region at:
Crystal River Archaeological State Park
3400 N. Museum Point
Crystal River, FL 34428

The Crystal River Archaeological State Park continues the popular monthly guided evening walking tours. This event is a torch lit tour of the site led by professional interpretive guides through the moonlit Crystal River Archaeological State Park complex. The Crystal River archaeological site, a National Historic Landmark, is a world-famous pre-Columbian ceremonial center on Florida’s west coast.

Travel back in time to experience the park under the full moon and catch a glimpse of what life was like living on the Crystal River from 1000 BC to AD 1000.


Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Reservations are not required, but are recommended for larger groups.



40th Anniversary of the State Aquisition of Fort Taylor @ Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day)

Regular park admission applies.

More Information:
Kevin Bowes, (305) 292-6850

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, FL 33040

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the acquisition of Fort Taylor by the State of Florida.

October 7, 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the acquisition of Fort Zachary Taylor and surrounding land from the U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. The State of Florida acquired the Fort for the purpose of creating a new state park in Key West.  The new park was originally named Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site.  This was changed in 1985 to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park when the site first opened to the general public on July 4, 1985.  The formal ceremony for the transfer of the former U. S. Navy property to the State was held on Friday, October 15th.  Over 100 dignitaries and citizens attended the ceremony which was held in the Sally Port of the Fort.  Mr. Howard England, the volunteer crusader who led the seven-year quest to bring the property to public notice, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. 

We will celebrate this historic event with a living history weekend inside Fort Taylor.  For more information please contact Park Services Specialist Kevin Bowes at

Sea Shells of the Talbot Islands @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 2:00am to 3:00pm EDT

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $5 vehicle entrance fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a park ranger to learn about the difference between a conch and a whelk, or a cockle and a clam. Discover how to identify many of the frequently found shells and fossils that wash up on the Talbot Islands State Parks shores. The program will take place at North Beach pavilion area on Little Talbot Island State Park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements.