Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Activity Questions

Beach Closed to Swimming

Due to extreme surf and windy conditions, the beach has been closed to all swimming activities effective 8 a.m. this morning. Double red flags are displayed throughout the park, and appropriate signage is displayed at the entrance station.

Can I arrange to have my wedding, business meeting or family reunion at a state park in Florida?

Special events are permitted at Florida State Parks. Please check with the park of your choice for special details and arrangements.

Can I fish at state parks? Do I need a fishing license?

Fishing locations are abundant in Florida's State Parks. Check the park's webpage for specific information. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website to determine if you need a fishing license.

Can I reserve a picnic shelter for a family, business or church outing?

In general, parks offer picnic shelters on a first-come, first-served basis. However, some picnic shelters may be reserved. Check the park's webpage for specific information.

Can I use my metal detector in Florida State Parks?

The use of metal detectors is allowed in certain designated areas in Florida State Parks.  Metal detectors may be used at coastal parks between the waterline and toe of the dune, as determined by the Park Manager, except at archaeological sites within the zone. Metal detectors may also be used during authorized archaeological research projects, and to recover lost personal items, with supervision of a park staff member.  Please check with the park of your choice for special details and arrangements.

Is hunting allowed in Florida State Parks?

Florida's state parks are managed as natural systems. All plant and animal life is protected in state parks. Limited hunting with a special permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is allowed at Rock Springs Run State Reserve, Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve and the Marshall Swamp area of the Cross Florida Greenway. To fully enjoy the experience of visiting a wilderness area it is recommended that you contact the reserves in advance of your visit.

Where can I swim with the manatees?

Resource protection is foremost at all state parks and swimming with manatees is not allowed. However, the endangered Florida manatee can be seen every day at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Visitors can go below the water’s surface to view these gentle giants from the underwater observatory in Homosassa's main spring.