A Message From Our Director

Florida State Parks Director Eric Draper stands in front of a large oak tree at Hontoon Island State Park.

Many of us have childhood memories of family road trips. On a recent drive around Florida to visit state parks, a colleague and I reflected on his road trip experiences. He remembered the anticipation of packing up and the long hours of looking out the window of the family car.

He said many of his trips were to state parks. Our drive brought back the thrill he felt finally arriving at the park gates of Wakulla Springs, Anastasia, or Topsail Hill Preserve. We agreed that one of the best things about parks is how they bring back that childhood sense of wonder and excitement.

This time of the year is my favorite because we spend it together with friends and family. We give gifts, show appreciation and enjoy each other’s company. Florida State Parks are open 365 days a year, making them a great place to start a new holiday tradition, connect with people and explore beautiful landscapes. What better gift than a trip to a state park?


Eric Draper's Signature

Eric Draper, Director