Florida has some of the most beautiful places to escape the hustling, bustling city life and get back in touch with nature. Dense forests, canopies of palm trees, crystal clear springs, and even private islands are all yours to explore. And now, you can finally get back to your favorite spots and appreciate them any time of day as most Florida State Park campgrounds officially reopen today!

As of Thursday, May 21, you can pack your backpacks and set off on a weekend adventure at your favorite Florida campground again.

According to the post on the Florida State Parks' Instagram, you'll have to make reservations in advance. Make sure you have all your gear ready to pitch a tent too, as cabins will remain closed through May 31 for now.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been easing into reopening the parks to keep staff, guests, and the environment safe. They’re also implementing extra procedures and cleaning methods to keep everything sanitized for guest use.

Disinfecting procedures will periodically close public restrooms for a short time so they can be properly cleaned.

Social distancing guidelines will also still be in place. Staff and visitors are urged to continue keeping six feet of distance from other visitors, as well as limiting group sizes to 10 people.

To keep traffic in high-touch areas down, communal spaces such as pavilions, playgrounds, and picnic areas will also remain closed through May 31. But exploring the trails and taking in the scenery is a go.

Enjoy the beauty of Florida’s stunning state parks and stay safe out there!

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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