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Here are the best state parks in the Orlando area

Florida Park Service launches new 'passport,' offers prizes

A kayak at Wekiwa Springs State Park. (Cortney Busscher/Florida State Parks)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Park Service announced in early April that it's launching a new way to document park visits, resulting in potential prizes for frequent visitors.

The Deluxe Real Florida Passport is a journal that park visitors use to collect stamps from the state's 175 parks. The booklet also includes a fold-out map and information about each park.

Those who collect stamps from every state park will then be eligible for an annual family pass.

The passport costs $17.99 online, but state officials are offering a free copy of a special edition to the first 250 people who take an online survey.

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Here are state parks located in Central Florida.

Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka
407-884-2008

Blue Spring State Park
2100 West French Avenue, Orange City
386-775-3663

De Leon Springs State Park
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd, De Leon Springs
386-985-4212

Hontoon Island State Park
2309 River Ridge Road, De Land
386-736-5309

Lake Louisa State Park
7305 U.S. 27, Clermont
352-394-3969

Lake Griffin State Park
3089 US Highway 441/27, Fruitland Park
352-360-6760

Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area
3365 Taylor Creek Road, Christmas
407-568-5893


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