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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Palm Coast

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 420+ 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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  • Lovely State Park, scenic and relaxing, Beautiful old Live Oak Trees, old Florida style. Ther is beachside part of the park too. Yoiu must go see both of them! 
  • The upgrading work on the property was not an issue for me but the so called "Historic District" encompassing the Young's winter home was a let-down ; no home to see. The garden areas were average and...  read more »
  • We planned our stop at Washington Oaks State Park to see the tidal pools I had read about online. We had no trouble finding the park on A1A in Palm Coast but I would suggest that you come in from nort...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • This wonderful state park is a hidden gem ! I say hidden because when I go it is quiet and peaceful. It is what the "real Florida" is all about. Not really hidden right on A1a just south of Marineland, this park has it all. One side of A1a is the formal gardens, the historic district, the "fish island", picnic area , playground, hiking trails, ICW and more! The other side or east side of A1a is the famous beach with Coquina outcropping the shore depending on the tides! So whatever you want this park has it except for a campground! It's strictly a day-use state park. But a gorgeous one! Don't miss it
  • The Florida State Park system is phenomenal, but this is one of the best of the best. Spanning the width of the barrier island from the Atlantic Ocean to the Matanzas River, this relatively small park features history, culture, and natural beauty. The formal gardens are delightful and the nature trail provides a nice snapshot of the real Florida. But our favorite feature is the beachfront with its extensive coquina rock formations. Exploring the tide pools at low tide and experiencing the crashing waves at high tide are unique among beach-related experiences in Florida.
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