Live Oak reflection in the ponds
Azalea bloom
Stage
Sun reflections
Gift shop
Coquina rock at the beach
Live Oak
Barred Owls
A live oak shows its reflection in the ponds at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Azalea bloom at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Beautiful stage in event field at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Sun relelctions on the intercoastal waterway at Washington Oaks
Gift Shop next to Live Oak at Washington Oaks
Coquina rock and waves crashing at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park beach
Awesome live oak at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
A pair of Barred Owls in a tree at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Welcome to Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Although the formal gardens are the centerpiece of this park, Washington Oaks is also famous for the unique shoreline of coquina rock formations that line its Atlantic beach. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, this property was once owned by a distant relative of President George Washington. The gardens were established by Louise and Owen Young who purchased the land in 1936 and built a winter retirement home. They named it Washington Oaks and, in 1965, donated most of the property to the State. The gardens make remarkable use of native and exotic species, from azaleas and camellias to the exquisite bird of paradise, sheltered within a picturesque oak hammock. Visitors can picnic and fish from either the beach or the seawall along the Matanzas River. A number of short trails provide opportunities for hiking and bicycling. Visitors can learn about the park's natural and cultural resources in the visitor center.

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