TALLAHASSEE ? In honor of Father?s Day and in recognition of the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection?s (DEP) Florida Park
Service?s 75th Anniversary, 75 percent off day-use admission for any
vehicle or group of up to eight people visiting a state park with
their father will be offered on Sunday, June 20.
?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 father and connect with
nature at the same time.?
Statewide, Florida?s state parks provide great settings for
families to take Dad for this special holiday, and the Father?s Day
discount coincides with Governor Charlie Crist?s recent announcement
of free saltwater fishing this weekend along Florida?s beautiful
shoreline. Dad and the family can go to a state park to enjoy a day
of fishing, have a picnic on the beach, hike along a beautiful
trail, or cool off while taking a relaxing tubing trip down the
At Honeymoon Island State Park on the Southwest coast, Dad and
the family can enjoy a relaxing day fishing on the beach; building
sandcastles and searching for seashells. Another great option is to
take Dad to Big Talbot Island State Park where the family can hike
several different trails and learn about Northeast Florida?s unique
This discount is valid during regular park hours on Sunday, June
20, 2010 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
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