Jonathan Dickinson State Park (credit: Florida DEP)
Celebrate Parks with unique workshops on your Florida Vacation
In Florida, July is Park and Recreation Month so get out and enjoy it. From 160 state parks to choose from, there’s a variety of activities. Canoe one of Florida’s wild and scenic rivers such as the Loxahatchee in Jonathan Dickinson State Park near Hobe Sound or the Wekiva river in Wekiwa Springs State Park near Orlando. Have a picnic on a long stretch of beach such as Bahia Honda State park or Caladesi Island. Hike one of the nature trails such as the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary or Everglades National Park. If you’re not sure where to start, hre are some family-friendly activities for this week:
4th of July Firecracker 5 K Race, Sebring
Independence Day starts early at this Highlands Hammock State Park! Roll out of bed and pull on your running shoes to join their 4th of July celebration during the annual Firecracker 5K Race. It’s the 18th year this event has been going strong and the race starts bright and early at 7:30 a.m. Runners get ice-cold watermelon to quench their thirst and technical T-shirts to wear with pride. There are age group awards plus master and grand master male and female winners.
- When: July 5, 7:30 a.m.
- Where: 31 Hammock Rd., Sebring, FL 33872
Kids Summer Workshop Series, White Springs
Children ages 8 to 13 can learn about heritage in singe and multiple workshops at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. Heirloom crafts and heritage skills are on the agenda or you can observe demonstrations of quilting, blacksmithing or stained glass making in Craft Square.
- When: July 5, 10:00 a.m. to noon
- Where: 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive, White Springs, FL 32096
Adult Saltwater Fishing Workshop, Palm Coast
If you’ve wanted to learn about saltwater fishing, here’s your chance! Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is holding an informative workshop led by a park ranger will demonstrate various techniques use by anglers to catch fish. Emphasis during this session is on fishing safety and the value of conservation for this sport.
- When: July 5, 9:00 a.m. to noon
- Where: 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, FL 32137
How often do you get out to a state park?