State parks in St. Augustine Florida guarantee fun and new experiences, and you can always take solace in your admission fee going right back into preserving natural beauty in the area you’re visiting. There are numerous national, state, and county parks in St. Johns County – it would take weeks to take them all in. Here, we’ve highlighted three state parks in the St. Augustine area that are definitely worth checking out.
Anastasia State Park
Four miles of gorgeous, glowing beaches are yours to explored at Anastasia State Park. This 1,600-acre park is one of the most renowned state parks in the country, rated as #6 of 100 by Reserve America. The park is just minutes away from downtown St. Augustine and has everything that a beachgoer could dream of. Surfing, swimming, fishing, boating, and more are all easily accessible at the park. The history buff in the family can appreciate the archaeological site from the 1700s when Castillo de San Marcos was first built. The park costs $5.00 per vehicle ($4.00 for single occupants) and is open from 8 a.m. to sundown.
Washington Oaks Gardens
Washington Oaks Gardens is a little quainter, and a little more removed from downtown St. Augustine. However, as one of the many Saint Augustine’s parks with stunning scenic views, it’s still well worth the visit. The unique shoreline and formal gardens of the park feature prominently as you wander amongst all the natural beauty. Large oak trees and rare coquina rock outcroppings line the trails that you can either bike or hike along. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch, as the peaceful gardens are an ideal location for afternoon lounging. Admission to the park is $5.00 per vehicle or $2.00 for pedestrians and cyclists.
Faver-Dykes State Park
Faver-Dykes is home to more than one hundred bird species during the spring and fall migrations. This makes it a popular spot for birdwatchers, but the park can be enjoyed by anyone with an affinity for nature. The park lies next to Pellicer Creek, which is connected to the Matanzas River. Park guests can take the canoe and kayak tributaries to explore these waters, brimming with wildlife and flora. Visitors should call ahead to make canoe reservations. In addition, the park has a picnic area, boat ramp, campground, and shower area. There’s also a great fishing dock on the creek for catching spotted sea trout, sheepshead and more. Admission to the park is $5.00 per vehicle or $2.00 for pedestrians.