Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, once a plantation dating back to the early 1800s named by a former owner who was a distant relative of George Washington, is the perfect place to take a serene Saturday stroll … actually, it’s a great place to visit ANY day of the week.
Extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Matanzas River just south of Marineland, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park preserves 425 acres of Florida’s original coastal scenery.
Although the formal gardens are the centerpiece of this park, Washington Oaks is also famous for the shoreline of coquina rock formations that line its beach on the Atlantic Ocean.
Scenic, self-guiding trails lead park visitors along the marsh and through a maritime hammock. Picnicking and fishing are popular activities. A picnic area is located in a shady hammock south of the gardens. Fishing areas are provided along the park’s seawall and west of the picnic area along the Matanzas River.
Many park visitors enjoy sunbathing, beachcombing, and bird watching. It’s important to note that there are no formal swimming areas due to the coquina rock formations along the beach.
A portion of the hammock contains a formal garden with footpaths and reflecting ponds featuring many species of exotic plants from around the world.
The gardens are well known for their azaleas, camellias, and roses. It’s an incredible experience for your senses, so make sure you stop and smell the roses (every color).
If interested, you may join a Ranger on the First Friday of every month for a garden walk. You will learn about the history of Washington Oaks while exploring the formal gardens. The walk is approximately one hour and included with the park entry fee. No registration required. NOTE: Participants meet in the Garden parking lot.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park, Oceanside
The ocean side gives visitors the opportunity to hike extensive coquina rock formations stretching along the Atlantic shoreline.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park, Gift Shop
The Gift Shop is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 11 am-3 pm. When volunteer manpower permits, the shop may be open more days so it’s a good idea to give them a call to find out if they are open: (386) 246-5000.
If they are open, we recommend that you start off at the gift shop since it also acts as a Visitors Center.
- Hours are 8 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year.
- An entrance fee required. Additional user fees may also apply.
- All plants, animals, and park property are protected. Collection, destruction, or disturbance prohibited.
- Pets permitted in designated areas only. Keep pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet and well behaved at all times.
- Fishing, boating, swimming, and fires allowed in designated areas only. A Florida fishing license may be required.
- Fireworks and hunting prohibited in all Florida state parks.
- Become a volunteer. Inquire at the ranger station.
For information about joining the Friends of Washington Oaks, call (386) 446-6783 and also visit www.washingtonoaks.org/
Florida’s state parks also have a commitment to provide equal access to all facilities and programs. Should you need assistance to enable your participation, please contact the ranger station.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 North Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, Florida 32137
AuthenticFlorida.com was named Best Travel Blog at the 2018 Sunshine Awards.
Comments are closed.