1.8. Can I rent camping gear if I don’t have my own?

In most state park campgrounds, you will need to bring your own camping gear.  However, a limited number of parks offer Glamping opportunities through our concession partners, combining modern comfort with the experience of camping in the great outdoors. Amenities may include a spacious tent already set up for you, quality bedding, climate control, decorative lighting or other special features. 

1.4. Are there any overnight accommodation discounts available?

We offer a 50% discount off nightly campsite rental rates to permanent Florida residents who fall into one of three categories:

  • Florida residents ages 65 and older.
  • Florida residents who receive a Social Security Disability award or who are otherwise rated at 100% disability by a government agency.
  • Florida residents who operate a Level I-V foster family home licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

For more information about the eligibility documents required to receive this discount, please view Overnight Accommodation Discounts.We do not offer discounts for cabins, primitive camping, boat camping, group camping or campsites booked through a concessionaire.

1. What are the different ways that you can stay overnight in Florida State Parks?

Florida's state parks offer multiple ways to stay in our parks overnight and enjoy the great outdoors:

  • Camping in a tent, RV, travel trailer, pop-up camper, fifth wheel, motor home, school bus camper, truck camper or hammock, on a campsite where you have power/water and restroom/shower facilities nearby.
  • Staying in a cabin – either along the lines of a vacation home or in a more rustic camp-style atmosphere.
  • Primitive camping where you hike, bicycle, ride a horse or paddle out to your campsite and stay in a tent.
  • Boat camping in a marina slip, anchored or attached to a mooring buoy.
  • Camping with your horse in either a full-facility or primitive campground setting.
  • Hotel-style rooms in the historic Lodge at Wakulla Springs.
  • Developed group camping facilities for organized nonprofit groups such as Scouts, faith-based groups and civic service clubs. These facilities can be found at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale, O’Leno State Park in High Springs or Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka.
  • Primitive group camps for organized nonprofit groups such as scouts, faith-based groups and civic service clubs.

13. Is the $7 nightly utility fee automatically added to all campsites?

When making a new reservation, visitors select the equipment type they will use for their reservation (i.e., tent, RV, etc.).

  • A $7 nightly utility fee is automatically applied for all RV, boat, bungalow, cabin and yurt units at all parks. 
  • Tent campers are not assessed the fee but can use electric and water as available on their site. This includes tent campers staying in a standard RV site.
  • Campers staying in any equipment other than a tent will be assessed the entire $7 nightly utility fee, even if they choose not to use some or all of the utilities offered.
  • Discounts do not apply to the $7 nightly utility fee. The $7 nightly utility fee will be applied as a taxable charge to the reservation on top of the base campsite/cabin fee.

1.7. Can I bring my pet camping with me?

Pets are permitted in certain designated camping areas and campsites. The number of pets allowed is variable by park depending on the campsite, but four pets is the maximum number allowed on any campsite. 

Pets are not permitted on beaches, playgrounds, bathing areas, cabins, park buildings or concession facilities. Individual parks may have specific areas prohibiting pets.

Service animals are permitted in all public areas of state parks. For more information about camping with pets, please read the Pet Policy.

24. Why can’t Florida residents get a reservation?

Camping in Florida State Parks is a very popular activity. Florida residents may make campsite or cabin reservations up to 11 months in advance of their arrival date. Non-Florida residents may make campsite or cabin reservations up to 10 months in advance of their arrival date. 

 New sites become available for reservation daily at 8 a.m. Eastern time. Any new sites that become available throughout the day due to a cancellation are released back into inventory following the cancellation. 

23. Does the current reservation system give an advantage to any group or individual in making reservations?

No. The reservation system does not give an advantage to any particular group or individual in making reservations.

Everyone has the same opportunity to call or go online and make a reservation. Everyone also has access to the bookable inventory at the same time.

11. Will my RV or camping rig fit in the campsites?

Campsites are available for campers and vehicles ranging in length from 10 feet to 104 feet. Most campsites maintain a soft gravel pad and each is equipped with water and electricity.

  • Accessible campsites are available.
  • Most parks have a central dump station.
  • Some parks offer drive-through and waterfront locations.

Check the park's reservation page for specific information on site-specific amenities and maximum vehicle length. Look for the site length and site width. These numbers represent the length and width of the site. Consider the overall length and width of your camper or RV and your tow vehicle when deciding if a site is appropriate for you.

RVs and campers are not permitted on sites reserved for tents only.

Can I bring my pet to stay in a state park cottage, cabin or lodge?

No. Pets are not permitted in state park cabins, cottages or lodges. Pets are permitted in designated campgrounds.

Service animals are welcome in all public areas of Florida's State Parks.

  • The Pet Policy shares guidelines for bringing your pets to the park.

10. Can I make or change reservations using my mobile device?

Yes. Reservations can be made securely from mobile devices using our reservation website. This website is responsive and friendly for users of mobile devices.

Website and phone reservations, cancellations and transfers are subject to transaction fees.