Florida state parks that allow diving


Did you know we have fabulous state parks in Florida that allow diving and snorkeling? Every year we purchase the annual pass. Check out Floridastateparks.org for more info. If I have been to the park and done a review on my blog, click on the name for more helpful tips, cautions and funny stories.

This year the annual family pass is $120(up to 8 people) and individual is $60.

* Annual Entrance Passes allow park entrance in lieu of the daily entrance fee.
* Annual Entrance Passes are honored at all state parks, except for Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, where they are valid for a 33 percent discount.
* The Family Annual Entrance Pass is valid for up to eight people in a group, except at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park where the family pass is good for admission of up to two people. Additional guests to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park may wish to purchase additional passes or pay the daily admission fees.
* Does not waive other special use fees charged at some parks for special events, camping or activities such as boat tours, tubing, fishing piers, gardens admission, use of Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, etc.
* Additional local fees may apply (example: Monroe County Surcharge).
* Access to Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park requires a per person day use fee. Current Annual Entrance Pass holders may purchase a Buccaneer Bay Annual Entrance Pass Endorsement for $15.00 per person, which expires when the Annual Entrance Pass expires. An Individual Annual Entrance Pass may have one endorsement per pass and a Family Annual Entrance Pass may have up to two Buccaneer Bay endorsements per pass.
* An Annual Entrance Pass is valid for one year from the month of purchase.

Be sure to call before going for a few of the parks. Troy is a no go when the river rises. Peacock (Orange Grove) will get a bad algae bloom which will cause it to be closed to open water diving at certain times. Also, be sure to check the website. I try to keep current based on my experience but it may be a site I haven’t been to lately.

Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key 33043
Southeast Region
(305) 872-2353
$4.00 (single occupant) $8.00 per car (2-8), plus $0.50 per person
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving)

Blue Spring State Park
2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City 32763
Central Region
(386) 775-3663
$4.00 (single occupant) $6.00 per car (2-8)
$15.00 per diver (Entrance Included)
Lights are allowed only if all members of the party are cavern or cave certified.
No Water Activities From November 15 to March 1

Cayo Costa State Park
880 Belcher Road, Boca Grande 33921
Southwest Region
(941) 964-0375
$2.00 per person
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving)

De Leon Springs State Park
601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, De Leon Springs 32130
Central Region
(386) 985-4212
$4.00 (single occupant) $6.00 per car (2-8)
No “Diving” Fee, however, no recreational diving is allowed accept for students with an instructor.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Dr., Naples 34108
Southwest Region
(239) 597-6196
$4.00 (single occupant) $6.00 per car (2-8)
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving) There is a hard bottom reef, which runs parallel to the beach where scuba diving is permitted. The closest area to the reef is area 2.

Don Pedro Island State Park
880 Belcher Road, Boca Grande 33921
Southwest Region
(941) 964-0375
$3.00 per car
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving)

Fanning Springs State Park
18020 N.W. Highway 19, Fanning Springs 32693
Northeast Region
(352) 463-3420
$4.00 (single occupant) $6.00 per car (2-8), or $1.00 per person if entrance station is closed
$15.00 per diver plus tax (should be 7% = $16.05)

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
905 Shorewinds Drive, Fort Pierce 34949
Southeast Region
(772) 468-3985
$4.00 (single occupant) $6.00 per car (2-8)
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving) There is a reef about 100 yards from the beach. A Diver Down flag must be displayed.

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Southard Street, Key West 33041
Southeast Region
(305) 292-6713
$4.00 (single occupant car) $6.00 per car (2-8), plus $0.50 per person
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving)

This is where it all started for me. I had been going to Key west for about 5 years and would spend 8 hours snorkeling here. Kept getting braver and braver and finally talked hubby into taking the plunge to diving. Incredible array of sealife, big and small. My son was free diving and snorkeling by ten here. We have seen manta rays, nurse sharks and enormous goliath grouper here. The parrot fish are brilliant and many varieties. Easy to snorkel in 20 ft of water and witness gigantic schools of tarpon. We had a 7 or 8 foot tarpon that was protecting the heard, come swimming but while we were diving. Crazy, I thought it was a shark and just about crapped my suit. Plenty of cudas and have even seen lobster. (you can’t take anything out here) All in all, it is my favorite snorkeling spot and a good place to do a refresher if you have been out of the water.
They post water viz and surf conditions at the gate.
Be careful, during peak times if you go midday you could be in line for 20 minutes to get in.
There is a little restaurant that does have beer and wine. Plenty of bathrooms, grills and shaded area. There are several outdoor showers.
There are 3 huge concrete piles. In my opinion the middle is the best but will get the busiest and chopped up a bit later in the day. There is a current on the backside that can run very strong at times. Use caution if you are new here. The rocks are nice that are exposed in the middle of the concrete piles if you have weaker swimmers or young ones to take a break. My mom is a new snorkeler only having been a dozen times or so and she is in the water for 4-6 hours at a clip, coming up for a tasty adult beverage occasionally.
Be prepared if you dive to be called Scuba man and have the tourists ask you in mass what you saw.
Again, my favorite snorkeling site!

Gasparilla Island State Park
880 Belcher Road, Boca Grande 33921
Southwest Region
(941) 964-0375
$3.00 per car
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving)

Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 S.W. U.S. 27, Fort White 32038
Northeast Region
(386) 497-4690
$4.00 (single occupant), $6.00 per car (2-8)
$15.00 per person at Blue Hole Spring from October through March. Scuba diving is not permitted in the river or other springs. Must be Cave Certified

Indian Key Historic State Park
U.S. 1 Mile Marker 85.5, Islamorada 33036
Southeast Region
(305) 664-2540
No admission fee
No “Diving” Fee. Permitted in the surrounding offshore waters. A “Diver Down” flag is required by law and must be displayed at all times.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach 33408
Southeast Region
(561) 624-6950
$4.00 (single occupant), $5.00 per car (2-8)
No “Diving” Fee. A “Diver Down” flag, for snorkelers and divers, is required by law and is available for rent at the Nature Center.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
U.S. 1 Mile Marker 102.5, Key Largo 33037
Southeast Region
(305) 451-1202
$4.00 (single occupant), $8.00 per car (2-8) plus $0.50 per person
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving) To fully enjoy the diving possibilities of the park, boat trips to the reef are recommended. A new diver, or a diver that needs a refresher, will find the waters off Cannon Beach a great place to hone his or her skills.

John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach 33004
Southeast Region
(954) 923-2833
$4.00 (single Occupant), $6.00 per car (2-8)
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving) You can follow the submerged Eurojacks to the first reef.

Lafayette Blue Spring State Park
799 N.W. Blue Spring Road, Mayo 32066
Northeast Region
(386) 294-3667
$4.00 (single occupant), $6.00 per car (2-8)
$15.00 per person (includes admission fee) Dives cannot extend past 5:00 p.m. Must be Cave Certified

Madison Blue Spring State Park
8300 N.E. State Road 6, Lee 32059
Northeast Region
(850) 971-5003
$4.00 (single occupant), $6.00 (2-8)
$15.00 per person, diving fee (includes entrance fee). Cavern and cave diving only, no open water diving. All cavern divers must be accompanied by a certified cave diver or instructor. All divers must show proof of certification prior to diving. Solo diving is not permitted.

Manatee Springs State Park
11650 N.W. 115th Street, Chiefland 32626
Northeast Region
(352) 493-6072
$4.00 (single occupant), $6.00 per car (2-8)
$15.00 per person, plus tax (should be 7% = $16.05) Diving: spring, open water and cave diving.

Peacock Springs State Park
Peacock Springs Road, Luraville
Northeast Region
(386) 776-2194
$4.00 per car
$15.00 per person. Open water diving is permitted only in Orange Grove Sink. Cavern and cave diving is available to certified dive teams in Orange Grove Sink & Peacock Springs.

San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park
U.S. 1 Mile Marker 85.5, Islamorada 33036
Southeast Region
(305) 664-2540
No admission fee
No “Diving” Fee

Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach 32951
Central Region
(321) 984-4852
$4.00 (single occupant), $8.00 per car (2-8)
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving) Scuba diving and snorkeling are permitted in all in the waters of Sebastian Inlet State Park, with the exception of under the Sebastian Inlet Bridge and in the boat channel. Rock reefs stretch for miles starting south of Sebastian Inlet in the near shore waters. Water visibility is best in the summer months. All divers and snorkelers must be within 100 feet of a dive flag. Spearfishing is prohibited.

This was my first Florida park experience and I have a seperate link for full park info. When our son Brandon (now 16) was a wee one, we went here weekly. Great all day trip for us. Pack the cooler and hit the little inlet area. When you head in turn to the left and you will see a small area in the woods to park. the water is shallow here and PERFECT for toddlers just getting their groove on in the water. There is a tide but water will run from 1 ft to max really 10 foot out by rocks. There is a rock jetty that is good to do a little snorkeling in. I find it a bit chillier here at times due to the inlet. You can take granny and she will relax as well. Just don’t let her take the tea kettle like my husbands mother!

St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane, Panama City 32408
Northwest Region
(850) 233-5140
$4.00 (single occupant), $8.00 per car (2-8)
No “Diving” Fee

St. Lucie Inlet State Park
4810 S.E. Cove Road, Stuart 34997
Southeast Region
(772) 219-1880
$2.00 per kayak/canoe, $3.00 per boat (it is only accessible by boat)
No “Diving” Fee. An extensive Anastasia rock reef is located just offshore of the park extending 4.7 miles along the coast and up to 1 mile offshore. Depths range from 5 ft. to 35 ft. This reef is the northernmost limit for the ranges of several species of corals found in south Florida. In addition, many species of marine plants and tropical fishes are associated with the reef. No spearfishing is permitted within state park boundaries.

Stump Pass Beach State Park
Manasota Key, Englewood
Southwest Region
(941) 964-0375
$3.00 per car
No “Diving” Fee (Shore Diving)

Troy Spring State Park
674 Troy Springs Road, Branford 32008
Northeast Region
(386) 935-4835
$4.00 (single occupant), $5.00 per car (2-8)
$15.00 per person. All diving is open water only. Lights and scooters are prohibited. Dives cannot extend past 5:00 p.m.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill 34606
Southwest Region
(352) 592-5656
$13.00 per adult, $5.00 per child (see the site for more details)
No “Diving” Fee. All divers must be accompanied by an instructor from a dive shop. No individual dives allowed and reservations are required.

Hope this is helpful!

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