Washington Oaks State Park and botanical garden is one of those places you can drive by every day for years without ever knowing of the absolute treasure tucked away just out of sight from the busy road.
Do yourself a favor and visit. You’ll be surprised that such a unique marine environment is so accessible to northern Floridians.
Located just 2 miles south of Marineland below Crescent Beach, the state park is bisected by Highway A1A.
On one side, bordered by the Matanzas River, visitors can stroll through a beautiful botanical garden.
On the other, beachcombers find themselves in a surprising landscape, more reminiscent of the rugged, rocky California coast than Florida.
Either locale is a treat for the senses and great for photo opportunities.