Donald V. Forgione, Director
Florida Park Service
Enjoy Florida's State Parks!
Welcome to the website for Florida’s state parks. This website
will help you plan your visits to Florida’s 174 award-winning state
parks, trails and historic sites.
On December 3, a new exhibit will open at the
Florida Historic Capitol Museum. The Best that Nature has to Offer:
The History of Florida State Parks will offer visitors to the museum an
opportunity to view a historically significant collection showcasing the
ways Florida’s state parks have preserved natural and cultural resources
and benefited residents and tourists for the past 80 years. The exhibit
will run through May 1, 2016. If you get a chance, be sure to visit the
Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee to learn more about the
history of Florida's state parks.
In December, many people enjoy the activities around the winter
holidays. Many of state parks offer special events with holiday lights,
Santa Claus and gift buying opportunities. Take a look at our
page to find an event near you.
For me, the holidays are about spending time with family and
friends. Florida’s mild climate means you can spend time outdoors. If
you enjoy hiking, bicycling, picnicking, walking on the beach or
watching the sunset, plan to spend some time at your favorite state
park. Most will be open Christmas Day if you find you need to stretch
your legs and soak up some sunshine.
Be sure to follow us on
Instagram. Use #FLStatePark
to share your photos. Also, be sure to download the PocketRanger® app
for iPhones and Android smart phones.
See you at the park!
Donald V. Forgione
Director, Florida Park Service
Donald V. Forgione is the director of the Florida Park Service which
manages Florida's award-winning state parks and trails encompassing more
than 800,000 acres and attracting more than 24 million visitors every
year. Donald began his career with the Florida Park Service in 1983 as a
Park Ranger and has held many positions at state parks across Florida
including Law Enforcement Ranger, Assistant Park Manager, Park Manager,
Assistant District Manager and District Manager. He also has held
several positions including Environmental Land Manager for the Palm
Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. Donald was appointed
Florida Park Service Director in 2010. He is the president of the
Association of Southeastern State Parks Directors and is the recipient
of the prestigious Florida Park Service Interpreter of the Year Award.
Donald lives in Tallahassee with his wife Rosie and enjoys visiting
Florida's state parks with his four grandchildren.