Bahia Honda State Park is a romantic and beautiful spot to spend your Valentine's Day. | Courtesy of Florida Department of Environmental Protection
News Release: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
TALLAHASSEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service invites Floridians and visitors to celebrate Valentine's Day at a state park or trail. From early morning hikes and day-long festivals to picnics with friends and family you love or sunset watching and full moon walks with your Valentine, you are invited to share Florida’s natural treasures.
Governor Scott said, “I encourage Floridians and their visitors to get outdoors and experience the many hiking, biking and walking trails or special events our parks and trails offer this holiday weekend. We are blessed to live in a state with access to our natural resources and recreational opportunities, and Florida’s award-winning state parks have activities for people of all ages.”
Recognizing the importance of providing a healthy and affordable outdoor activity for Florida’s families and visitors, Governor Scott has proclaimed February as Florida Hiking Trails Month. Florida’s hiking trails give visitors access to natural and cultural resources, as well as promote healthy lifestyles, nature-based tourism and economic benefits for the state. With more than 2,500 miles of hiking trails on public lands, from urban trails in the midst of cityscapes to wilderness trails that run through Florida’s award-winning state parks, there is a hiking trail for everyone.
“Florida state parks and state trails offer many heart-healthy activities to share with those that you love,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “Valentine’s Day and heart health go hand-in-hand. Research by the American Heart Association, shows that every $1 spent on biking trails and walking paths could save approximately $3 in medical expenses.”
Here are some of the special Valentine's Day activities happening at Florida’s state parks:
Visit our website for a complete list of activities in Florida’s state parks and trails.