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Florida state parks

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Pretty graphics don’t make a website great – good, easy-to-access content does. And while inept government programs make headlines, The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) state parks website – www.FloridaStateParks.org – is rich in content and actually useful for visitors.

The website, launched in early 2010, received the National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) Members’ Choice Award for 2010. The site, which serves 2.5 million visitors each year, received high marks for navigation, visual appeal, information, and accessibility. It shows park locations, explains why it’s worth a visit, and outlines every service available, such as hiking trails, disabled access, boating, camping, etc.

Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, the Florida State Park system started with just eight parks has grown to 160. The Florida Park Service manages more than 700,000 acres of land that includes 100 miles of beaches, eight National Historic Landmarks, and 39 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

Florida’s state parks don’t have the same marketing budget as Orlando theme parks, but they offer a great family get-away at a bargain-basement price. If visiting the state, make at least one day “real.”

Read more: www.FloridaStateParks.org.

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