Last updated on October 4th, 2019 at 09:23 am

Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi Island State Park.

The National Recreation and Parks Association has awarded Florida’s State Parks its 2019 Gold Medal in the state parks category, edging out finalists Maryland, Tennessee and Washington State.

This year’s award marks the fourth time the honor has been bestowed on Florida. Previous NRPA gold medals were awarded to Florida in 1999, 2005 and 2013.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.

Florida boasts 175 state parks, 59 of which have campgrounds, all of which are open year around.

We love all of Florida’s State Parks, but we do have our favorites (with links to stories):

Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine.

Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key.

Caladesi Island State Park, Clearwater

Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach.

Lake Kissimmee State Park, Lake Wales

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota.

The Talbot Islands, Jacksonville (cluster of 7 state parks).

Three Rivers State Park, Sneads.

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