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New Florida Park Service Website Launched Redesigned to Educate & Help Plan Trips

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Yesterday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced the redesign of the Florida State Parks website. The new website promotes the Florida Park Service, providing visitors with detailed information about all 175 state parks, trails and historic sites. The enhanced site improves user experience with its mobile responsiveness and robust site search tool, and it features more photos and a trip tuner, making it easier for visitors to plan their trips to state parks. The Florida Park Service is dedicated to providing accessibility and outstanding customer service to all visitors, ensuring they have a memorable experience.

Governor Rick Scott said, "Florida is home to the best state parks in the nation… Our award-winning state park service not only provides world-class recreation for Florida's residents and visitors, but also protects our natural treasures for generations to come."

DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein said, "Our award-winning state parks provide many unique recreational and educational opportunities for all who visit. By creating this new platform, DEP is dedicated to providing visitors with a one-of-a-kind park experience.”

In partnership with VISIT FLORIDA, the new Florida State Parks website features tools and information that will be helpful to the state's visitors. With a trip tuner, visitors can now plan their state park experience online based on their preferences. On the new website, visitors will also find ways to get involved in state parks through volunteering, and stories from park rangers, staff and volunteers. 

“We are fortunate to be home to the best state park system in the nation," said Ken Lawson, CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. "As our state's visitation numbers continue to increase, we are excited to partner with DEP and showcase Florida’s award-winning state parks and attract even more visitors from around the world to enjoy our state’s natural beauty and wonder."

The website also features a new marketing logo for Florida State Parks. The new logo features the Florida panther, which symbolizes the Florida Park Service’s role in protection and conservation, while representing the wild, Real Florida found within Florida State Parks.

“FloridaStateParks.org is a place where people can learn about Florida’s special places and prized properties," said Eric Draper, Director of Florida State Parks. "This new design recognizes state park transformative experiences, which in Florida can be as different as swimming in a first magnitude spring or walking on one of the world’s best beaches. People make our parks, and this new website features our great park staff, volunteers and friends.”

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