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Donald Forgione, Director Florida Park Service

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.

Happy Holidays

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 events 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 Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and 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.


The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

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