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Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

  • Overview

    Although the formal gardens are the centerpiece of this park, Washington Oaks is also famous for the unique shoreline of coquina rock formations that line its Atlantic beach. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, this property was once owned by a distant relative of President George Washington. The gardens were established by Louise and Owen Young who purchased the land in 1936 and built a winter retirement home. They named it Washington Oaks and, in 1965, donated most of the property to the State. The gardens make remarkable use of native and exotic species, from azaleas and camellias to the exquisite bird of paradise, sheltered within a picturesque oak hammock. Visitors can picnic and fish from either the beach or the seawall along the Matanzas River. A number of short trails provide opportunities for hiking and bicycling. Visitors can learn about the park's natural and cultural resources in the visitor center. Located two miles south of Marineland on State Road A1A.

  • Events
    Sep 21
    Bird Walk at Washington Oaks

    Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

    09/21/2019 - 09/21/2019
    Sep 28
    National Public Lands Day at Washington Oaks

    Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

    09/28/2019 - 09/28/2019
    Oct 12
    Second Saturday Plant Sale

    Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

    04/13/2019 - 11/09/2019
    Oct 20
    Music in the Gardens

    Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

    10/20/2019 - 10/20/2019
    Nov 29
    Native American Heritage Month: Timucua

    Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

    11/29/2019 - 11/29/2019
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