In honor of our nation’s veterans and active military personnel, day-use entry will be free to everyone at Florida’s state parks* on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Pick your favorite outdoor activity – hiking, bicycling, bird watching or looking for shells on the beach – and enjoy a day at a state park.
“The Florida Park Service supports veterans, current military personnel and their families and honors the sacrifices of members of the armed forces,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald V. Forgione. “We encourage Florida’s citizens and visitors to enjoy our state’s natural and cultural resources while honoring our dedicated service men and women.”
If you are in the Apalachicola area, be sure to visit the Three Soldiers Detail statue at Orman House Historic State Park. This one-of-a-kind bronze sculpture was made from the original mold of the Three Servicemen Statue that is part of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
If you are near Jacksonville, be sure to visit Fort Clinch State Park for the History of the American Soldier event saluting our Armed Forces on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Living historians from each major U.S. military conflict will share information along with military history displays from the Revolutionary War to present day. Period music and firing demonstrations will highlight the experience. Visitors may purchase refreshments from the Fort Clinch Canteen. Entrance is $6 per vehicle, up to eight people. Fort admission is one canned food item per person, which will be donated to the Barnabas Food Pantry. Veterans and active duty military are invited to come dressed in uniform.
Florida’s state parks offer free or discounted Annual Entrance Passes to those who currently serve or have served in the U.S. military branches, veterans with service-related disabilities and surviving spouses of members of the U.S. military who have fallen in combat. The discounted or free Florida State Parks Annual Entrance Pass is available at any Florida State Park staffed ranger station.
*Free entry to any Florida state park except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.