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National Parks Week
The National Park Foundation kicks off National Park week this Saturday, April 18th through Sunday, April 26th. There are over 400 National parks nationwide where you can visit, explore or volunteer. Many of the parks will host special events to commemorate National Park Week and to kick it off all national parks will be offering fee-free days Saturday and Sunday, April 18th and 19th.
There are a number of National parks in Florida that showcase the state diverse ecosystems, wildlife, and landscape. The three most popular are Biscayne National Park near Miami, Dry Tortugas National Park in the Keys, and Everglades National Park in southern Florida.
Starting at the southernmost point, Dry Tortugas National Park is a cluster of 7 islands located 70 miles west of the keys. The islands are only reachable by ferry, seaplane, or by a private or chartered boat. One of the main attractions in this national park is Fort Jefferson, a coastal fortress built between 1846 and 1875. The fort was never fully finished but is the largest masonry structure in the islands. Activities include snorkeling along the coral reefs, boating and camping on the beach.
Biscayne National Park preserves the famous Biscayne Bay. This national park is over 90% water and sits along the 3rd largest coral reef in the world, making it one of the top scuba diving spots in the United States. There is a lot of history along the bay, over 10,000 years in fact, where pirates use to travel through and many shipwrecked. The Maritime Heritage Trail is an underwater stretch of 6 shipwrecks of different sizes and different vessels. It’s the perfect spot for exploring underwater treasures.
Everglades National Park, by far the most popular of the three, expands over 1.5 million acres of tropical and subtropical habitats. Home to many different species of wildlife, the park has been deemed an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a World Heritage Site. There are five different types of habitats within the park including Mangrove, Sawgrass and Slough. There are plenty of activities to take part in including boating, canoeing and biking tours hosted by the park administration. But, watch out for those crocodiles lurking in the waters. Park administrators recommend not exploring the marshes and swampland without a trained guide.
For a list of other national parks near you, visit www.nationalparks.org.
If you are planning a trip to your favorite national park during National Parks Week, you’ll need to stock up on your essential camping gear. RV Connections has a massive inventory of camping and RV accessories. Visit our parts store in Panama City to stock up on the items you’ll need to enjoy your camping trip this week.