Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are alcoholic beverages allowed in the parks?
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in public areas in all state parks.
In some instances when private, fee-based events are scheduled, alcoholic beverages may be allowed.
Are discounts available at Florida State Parks?
- Seniors (65+) and 100% disabled Florida residents (maximum four people per site) receive half (50%) off the base fee for camping.
- Discounts on the Annual Entrance Pass are available for U.S. military veterans and service members, as well as for foster families and adoptive parents.
- Visit the Fees page for more information about fees and discounts.
Are gift cards refundable?
Effective Feb. 1, 2018, Gift Cards are no longer available for purchase. Gift cards themselves are non-refundable.
Are state park facilities accessible for persons using wheelchairs?
Most of Florida's state parks offer accessible amenities and programs. For additional access to trails and beaches, all-terrain wheelchairs are located in parks throughout the state.
Accessible boat tours are available at some parks. Sign language interpreters can be provided, with advance notice. Many parks with video programs offer an open-captioned version, as well as transcribed copies of audio programs.
If you need information about specific amenities and programs, please contact that park directly.
Do parks ever close when they are full?
All parks will close when they reach capacity.
Each park has a set carrying capacity which is established based on the estimated number of users a recreation resource can accommodate while maintaining the quality of the recreational experience and avoiding unacceptable resource degradation. Should a park close once they reach capacity, no further vehicles, bicycles or walk-in visitors will be allowed to enter until space becomes available – with exception to registered campers.
If you are renting a pavilion, hosting an event or have been invited to an event, please plan accordingly. If you leave the park, you will not be allowed to re-enter until space is available.
Please be advised that many of our parks offer entry access located off busy highways, however we ask our visitors not to block access for emergency vehicles and not to park on the road shoulders.
At many parks, for safety reasons, visitors may not be allowed to wait in line in the park when the park has closed.
How much are the entrance fees?
- The entrance fee for most state parks ranges from $4 to $10 per vehicle, up to eight people.
- Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers are $2 per person.
- There may be additional fees for camping, tours and museum entrances.
How much is a gift card worth?
Effective Feb. 1, 2018, gift cards are no longer available for purchase. Gift cards may have been purchased for any amount starting at $5 and up.
Visitors can check their balance on their gift card online by selecting “Check My Balance” on the gift card page.
Is an annual pass available for frequent state park visitors?
Individual and family passes are available. Passes may be purchased through all park ranger stations and museums.
What are your days and hours of operation?
Most of Florida's state parks are open from 8 a.m. to sunset, every day of the year.
Museums, visitor centers and historic sites may be closed two days per week and hours may vary. Check the park's webpage for specific information.
What can a gift card be redeemed for and where?
Effective Feb. 1, 2018, gift cards are no longer available for purchase.
Gift cards may only be used to make reservations for camping and cabins at Florida State Parks; however, a few exceptions apply. Those exceptions are:
- Concession-Operated Campgrounds or Cabins
- Wakulla Springs Lodge
- Caladesi Island State Park (only including walk-in reservations)
- Cayo Costa State Park (only including walk-in reservations)
- Primitive Camping Sites, Primitive Group Camping, Developed Group Camping
Gift cards cannot be redeemed for canoe/kayak rentals or the purchase of merchandise (patches, license plates, etc.).
Gift cards may be redeemed for reservations made online, through the call center and as walk-ins. They are not redeemable for past purchases or other merchandise, fees, rentals and are not redeemable for camping or cabin reservations in other states (exclusive to Florida State Parks).
What methods of payment are accepted for entrance to state parks or overnight accommodations?
All state parks accept cash for entrance fees.
Overnight accommodations may be secured with major credit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.
Where can I purchase a Gift Card?
Effective February 1, 2018, Gift Cards are no longer available for purchase.
Florida State Parks will continue to honor all Gift Cards purchased prior to February 1, 2018.