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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2010
CONTACT: Marguerite Jordan, (850) 245-3029, (850) 251-7282 (cell)
  Kristin Lock, (850) 245-2112, (850) 245-778-7294 (cell)


Celebrate Mother's Day with Florida State Parks

-Special Mother’s Day offer to honor beloved moms-

TALLAHASSEE – In honor of Mother’s Day, the Florida Department of Environmental (DEP) Protection’s Florida Park Service will offer 75 percent off day-use admission for any vehicle or group that visits a state park with their mother on Sunday, May 9.

“We are pleased to offer this special discount for families as they celebrate this significant holiday,” said DEP’s Florida Park Service Director Mike Bullock. “Florida’s state parks provide a perfect place for visitors to honor their mother and connect with nature at the same time.”

Statewide, any state park provides a great setting for families to take mom for this special holiday. Picnic on the beach, hike a beautiful trail, go tubing or walk through ornamental gardens and enjoy the day.

Several state parks offer unique ways to spend time with mom. At De Leon Springs State Park, mom and kids will enjoy making their own pancakes on the dining table at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant. Another great option is to take mom to Florida Caverns State Park where the family can enjoy a cave tour and see dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies.

This discount is valid during regular park hours on Sunday, May 9, 2010 only and excludes Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, the Florida State Park system has grown from eight to 160 parks in the last 75 years. Today, the Florida Park Service manages more than 700,000 acres of Florida’s natural environment, including 100 miles of beaches, eight National Historic Landmarks and 39 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Florida State Parks has been recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association as the nation’s first and only two-time Gold Medal winner for the nation’s best park service.

To learn more about the 75th Anniversary and the history of Florida State Parks, visit www.floridastateparks.org/history. To follow Florida State Parks on Twitter, visit www.Twitter.com/FLStateParks.

swimming at manatee springs state park

"We are pleased to offer this special discount for families as they celebrate this significant holiday."

Mike Bullock
DEP Florida Park Service Director

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Last updated: May 08, 2010

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