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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Palm Coast

(4.7/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is a Florida State Park located near Palm Coast, Florida, along A1A. The park is most famous for its formal gardens, but it also preserves the original habitat of a northeast Florida barrier island.EcologyHabitats preserved by the park include beach, coastal scrub, coastal hammock, and tidal marshes.FloraVegetation includes southern live oaks, magnolias, hickories, cabbage palmettos, and saw palmettos . Plants that can be found in the gardens are roses, camellias, and azaleas, among others.FaunaWildlife include sea turtles, Florida gopher tortoises, West Indian manatees, white-tailed deer, raccoons, bobcats, foxes, Virginia opossums, eastern gray squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, northern cardinals, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and Florida scrub jays.
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  • Have visited a couple of times. Enjoyed seeing all the Christmas Decor among the gardens. Observed birds in the trees and a hydroplane land in the inter coastal. Scenic along the water. 
  • The state park has two sections. One section is directly on the ocean, but has been closed since Hurricane Matthew. Hopefully it will reopen soon. The other section, the main section takes you into a ...  more »
  • This is such a pretty area , there are tons of different areas to see each little parking area has something to offer you can spend the whole day here just looking at all the pretty trees and flowers ...  more »
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  • This was a great stop to explore. Park costs $5 on faith (envelope cash into box). The pools were being redone so they were empty but there were still beautiful gardens to see. The best part to me was the beach part across the street. Awesome rock formations along the beach that stretch a few miles. Be sure not to miss that!
  • Beautiful grounds, well maintained, tranquil. My only regret is we bring my mother-in-law (93) who is wheelchair bound and it is a struggle to push her wheelchair through the dirt trails down to the water's edge. I would like to see if there is anything they can do (walkway which is either paved or with blacktop) to make it a lot easier. We love it there, she loves it there and would like to continue making our weekly trips. Just hopeful they can take care of this issue since they are under construction now.
  • I always have a lovely time here. It's nice and calm and there's a variety of photo opportunities if you're into photography. The rose garden smells divine. My last trip out there (9/26/2016) there were dolphins out in the bay. Plenty of parking too.
  • One side of this park is the ocean with big formations of coquina rock along its shore and the other side is a garden with greenhouse, rose garden and giftshop. Beautiful place. There is an entrance fee of $5. A1A splits it in half so have to cross the street to access both portions.
  • I adventure here often for beautiful scenic weddings. Large oaks trees, gorgeous rose garden, tropical garden and very convenient for accessing beach sessions. Affordable entrance fees and rates. Be sure to check out the rock formations on an incoming tide at the beach for epic water splashes against the rocks and exploring for kids.