Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park listed on the National Register of Historic Places located at 6400 N. Oceanshore Boulevard in Palm Coast. Sit underneath a huge oak and have a picnic or sit on a bench while watching your children play on the playground. Hike or ride a bicycle along .5-mile Mala Compra Trail or the 2.1 mile Bella Vista Trail System. Relax on a bench and watch the boaters on the Matanzas River that is part of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Enter the main garden through the wrought iron gates and walk the sandy path to the visitor center originally the home of the Young Family who bought the home as a winter retreat. Watch a film about early Florida. The exhibits illustrates the life of the Timucuans an early Indian tribe, the European Invaders to the Indian Raids and Life at Bella Vista.

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PICT0805Stroll along the sandy walkway to the Formal Gardens. Walk underneath a trestle and admire an abundance of Roses, Azaleas, Camellias and Pentas that attract butterflies. An abundance of butterflies in this garden more than any garden that I’ve visited. Walk across one of the wooden bridges, stop and admire the garden statue or relax in the gazebo.

PICT0830washington oaks coquina rocksDrive across the highway directly across from the park, walk on the boardwalk to the beach and take photographs of the many coquina rocks formations. Turtle tracks and nests observed from May through October. I recommend the park and formal gardens. The reflection ponds emptied for maintenance. Check the website for the latest updates.

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