Ravine Gardens State Park is one of nine state parks during the New Deal era in Florida. The park has two canyons up to 120 feet deep, with steep banks at a 45-degree angle.
In 1933, the Federal Agency for the Progress of Labor turned the canyon into a charming garden. Some of the original landscapes still exist as a unique system of formal gardens and walkways.
From January to March, azaleas reach their peak of bloom in the park. Hundreds of azaleas bloom, called “rolling flowers”, and 50-60% of the plants bloom simultaneously. The most recent survey recorded 18 species of azaleas. The season depends on the weather conditions.
The 1.8-mile winding road winds around the canyon, and car and bicycle visitors can enjoy the garden. One hour before sunset, the Canyon Ring Road is closed to vehicles, but pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchairs are allowed.
Treasure Hunt is an outdoor game that uses a Portable Global Positioning System (GPS). In fact, this is an inexpensive, interactive high-tech treasure hunt and a good way to learn geography.
The park has two hiking trails of varying difficulty.
There are many picnic spots. Free use of wheelchair accessible picnic tables and barbecues. There are steps and paths leading into the canyon near each picnic area.
The park rents out a large picnic pavilion, very suitable for family reunions. The garden pavilion has four wheelchair access grates and several picnic tables.
Groups of 10 to 30 people can join ranger-led hikes for USD 2 per person. Please apply for the tour at least 3 weeks in advance.
Scouting schools and programs are available upon request at no additional cost.
You can see all kinds of wildlife throughout the park, but it’s best to observe them along the park’s main steps or nature trails. The best time for observation is early in the morning, before sunset.