Emerson Point Preserve

Associated Agency: 
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department

Emerson Point Preserve is a 365 acre preserve located at the tip of Snead Island in western Palmetto. At Emerson Point, visitors can take in the beauty of Florida's wildlife and native plant communities while exploring both prehistoric and historic sites.

Photo Credit: John Ilko

Jiggs Landing

Associated Agency: 
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department

Jigg's Landing offers freshwater fishing and canoeing opportunities on the Evers Reservoir and Braden River. The property was purchased in 1944 by Al (Jiggs) and Agnes Metcalf and included a 7-acre piece of property. They created a fish camp on the banks of the Braden River, that has become a landmark to residents. The camp has served Manatee County for more than 40 years.

Arch Creek Park

Associated Agency: 
Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department

Designated as a Florida State Historical Preserve, this small park is a living legend rich in history. The now extinct Tequesta Indians occupied the site from 500 B.C. to 1300 A.D. The park was created around a natural limestone bridge formation that was once part of an important Indian trail for both the Tequesta and Seminoles, and later used by the federal government as part of the military trail during the Seminole wars. The park has a museum containing fossils, artifacts left by natives, and other unique relics of early Miami.

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Castellow Hammock Park

Associated Agency: 
Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department

Located in the heart of the Redland Agricultural area the nature Center is named after James Castellow an early South Florida homesteader and citrus farmer. The park, Miami-Dade's first environmental education center, has long been a hotspot for nature lovers in Miami-Dade.

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Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is on a mission to "Connect People with the Living Earth."

Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 1,500 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a Native Florida Wildlife Center and manatee hospital, Asian Gardens, Primate World, Free-Flight Aviaries, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and Safari Africa. The Zoo also features rides, shows and hands-on interactive exhibits designed to give you a WILD experience.

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park provides resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources. The park has something for every nature enthusiast; including self-guided interpretive trails, guided tours, wildlife discovery, fishing and so much more.

City of Winter Haven

Winter Haven, Florida is a unique, Premier City. It has countless recreational, social and special events. The City recognizes the importance of a high quality of life to Winter Haven residents and visitors. The City strives to ensure outdoor activities for all ages and walks of life. Winter Haven has numerous nature parks, boat ramps, fishing docks and walking trails throughout the city.

City of Haines City

The City of Haines City Parks Leisure Services Department's recreation programs are as diverse as its users. They encourage participants to challenge themselves, build confidence, connect with others, and develop new skills and hobbies that provide continued enjoyment.

Big Lagoon State Park

Associated Agency: 
Department of Environmental Protection/Florida State Parks

Sitting on the northern shoreline of its namesake, Big Lagoon State Park's 655 upland acres separate the mainland from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. Natural communities, ranging from saltwater marshes to pine flatwoods, attract a wide variety of birds, especially during the spring and fall migrations, while the beaches, shallow bays, nature trails and open woodlands offer splendid opportunities for nature study. The park also beckons visitors to camp, swim, fish, boat, canoe and hike. Crabbing in the shallow waters of Big Lagoon is a popular activity as well.

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