The Best State Park in Florida, According to Travel Websites

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National parks get massive amounts of visitors every year. According to the National Park Service, in 2021, national parks had 297,115,406 visits. However, state parks put up impressive numbers also. According to the Discoverer, state parks in the United States average around 807 million visitors annually.

Florida's tourism gets a boost from its own state park system. According to the Florida State Parks Foundation, Florida welcomed 29 million visitors to its 175 state parks in 2021, generating $176 million in revenue.

Determining the Best State Parks: Every state park has something unique to offer visitors, but the travel website the Discoverer put together a list of what it believes are the best state park in each state to celebrate "the grandeur, history, and natural beauty" that each state has to offer.

What Were the Criteria?: The site did not list any specific criteria, but looking at the state parks chosen and the commentary for each, the Discoverer appeared to prioritize natural beauty and unique experiences.

What State Park is Considered the Best in Florida?: The sunshine state has several gorgeous state parks to choose from, such as Silver Springs State Park, Myakka River State Park, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Bahia Honda State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, and Anastasia State Park, to name only a few.

Ultimately, the Discoverer chose Ichetucknee Springs State Park just outside of Ft. White, in north-central Florida, as the best state park in Florida. The site appreciated the ability to tube down the Ichetucknee River from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Visitors may also canoe, kayak, snorkel, scuba dive, or cave dive. There are 9 named springs in the Park. As popular as the springs are, there are also hiking trails available.

Although the Discoverer's choice was arguably subjective, Ichetucknee Springs State Park earns high marks from other travel websites as well. TripAdvisor's users have given it a nearly five star rating, with many calling it one of the best springs in Florida, and several reviewers noting its cleanliness. Google reviewers also gave the Park high marks, and many enjoyed the 72 degree water.

Here are some tips for tubing at the Park:

The Best State Park in Each State: The Discoverer also chose what it considered the best State Park from all 50 states. Here were the choices:

DeSoto State Park, Alabama

Chugach State Park, Alaska

Red Rock State Park, Arizona

Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansas

Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California

State Forest State Park, Colorado

Gillette Castle State Park, Connecticut

Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware

Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Florida

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia

Waimea Canyon State Park, Hawaii

Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho

Starved Rock State Park, Illinois

Brown County State Park, Indiana

Backbone State Park, Iowa

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Kentucky

Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana

Baxter State Park, Maine

Assateague State Park, Maryland

Bash Bish Falls State Park, Massachusetts

Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan

Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi

Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Missouri

Giant Springs State Park, Montana

Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

Liberty Park State Park, New Jersey

City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico

Letchworth State Park, New York

Jockey's Ridge State Park, North Carolina

Fort Ransom State Park, North Dakota

Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

Lake Murray State Park, Oklahoma

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania

Lincoln Woods State Park, Rhode Island

Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina

Custer State Park, South Dakota

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Smuggler's Notch State Park, Vermont

First Landing State Park, Virginia

Deception Pass State Park, Washington

Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin

Buffalo Bill State Park, Wyoming

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