29 Mar 2017
State Park Highlights…Key West
State Parks are not scarce in the Keys. Most people think of beaches when they hear the name Key West. Surprisingly there are a few State parks here as well. They are full of history, wildlife and fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Fort Zachary is full of history and beautiful scenery. Fort Zach served as the Navy Headquarters during the Civil War. Beginning in the mid 1800’s shortly after Florida became a state construction began. There are 54 acres of land to explore, full of native wildlife, wildflowers, Civil War Cannons and more! This location is perfect for weddings, private parties or just a relaxing picnic with friends, family or just you! There are tours given daily at 11 a.m. if you’re interested as well.
Location: 601 Howard England Way Key West, FL
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was established in 1935. This park is 70 sq. miles of coral reefs, sea grass and mangrove swamps. There is also a 30,000 gallon aquarium, nature trails and picnic pavilions. Visitors can enjoy all sorts of activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, scuba tours etc.
Location: 102601 Overseas Highway Key, Largo
Bahia Honda State Park is a nice tropical location. The list of things to do here are endless. Just give you an idea of what is available, here is a little list:
- Boat tours
- Geo- seeking
- Bird watching
Location: 36850 Overseas Highway Big Pine Key, FL
We highly recommend that if given the opportunity it is worth checking one or all three of these state parks!