This weekend, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you can visit one of Florida’s 11 national parks for free. The National Park Service is offering free entry to all 397 national parks. View our directory of Florida’s National Parks.

The closest Central Florida National Park is Canaveral National Seashore. Situated on a barrier island along Florida’s east coast, the park includes a pristine, undeveloped beach, dunes and plenty of water offering sanctuary to an abundant blend of plants and animals. Year-round recreation includes fishing, boating, canoeing, surfing, sunbathing, swimming, hiking, camping, nature and historical trails.

Canaveral National Park

When you get there be sure to check out the Eldora Statehouse. It has a lot of history of earlier life along Mosquito Lagoon. Just down the road is a historical interpretive park called Seminole Rest. Here you will learn about the Native Americans who lived here thousands of years before us.

Once you’ve had your fill of history, head over to the beach. Even in the cooler weather, this beach is a joy to experience. Bring your fishing rods along for some of the best surf fishing in Central Florida. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you own a boat, put it in on the Mosquito Lagoon side. If you really love to fish, hire a guide for a day. This is a fantastic time of the year to fish the Reds, which Mosquito Lagoon is world famous for. 

Join millions of others who have discovered the natural beauty of a recreational paradise. Spend a day this weekend at one of Florida’s National Parks Enjoy!