GeoTour Spotlight: Florida’s Operation Recreation (GT3D)

Florida’s 171 award-winning state parks
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Operation Recreation GeoTour stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 award winning Florida State Parks and Trails.

Bahia Honda State Park
Bahia Honda State Park

Florida’s state parks and trails inspire residents and visitors with recreation opportunities and scenic beauty. Print out your GeoTour Tracking Sheet and the Kids GeoTour Tracking Sheet and come explore nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches, and more than 1,600 miles trails.

Must See (popular tourist attraction)

While caching, don’t forget to take some time to soak in the striking features of Florida State Parks. Gaze upon the outstanding floral architecture at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and work your way through webs of brick walkways leading you to secret gardens and reflection ponds to locate the hidden cache treasure. Get invigorated while making the five-mile drive into Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park to cache within the 54,000-acre preserve protecting Florida’s dry prairie. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for an array of endangered plants and animals!

Kissimmee State Park
Kissimmee State Park Meadowlark


Hidden Gem (something only the locals know)

Step back in time and discover more about the Native Americans that once inhabited Florida at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. Locate the cache while learning about why this site has served as a vital ceremonial center for 1,600 years. Or head on down to Bahia Honda State Park where you can interject caching with snorkeling coral reefs.

Lovers Key State Park
Lovers Key State Park


Find 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Kids can win too!  If they discover all six nature cards, they win an Operation Recreation Kids Geocoin!

Operation Recreation GeoTour Geocoin

What geocachers are saying

Carrot Killer and I braved the heat to ride our bikes and explore the Keys. We love visiting state parks, and we have the Florida Geo-Tour in mind as a fun challenge to complete. We loved riding the trails and hitting up the beach at this park. CK made the find on his one, and we were happy to sign for our first Florida State Park cache.       — LadyBlackCat

949 After the Manatee talk, we headed to this cache. It was very windy today because of the incoming storm, so it was a nice break to be inside. We had a wonderful time. We went to the river viewing platform afterwards and saw a wild manatee swimming in the river. TFTC FloridaParkService! — Mahout_

Have found 50+ ORGT caches and got our coin long ago. Not sure how it is that we never got this ORGT that is not too far (about 25 miles) from our home. Just after we got the cache, it started to rain and we got soaked on our way back to the geomobile. Beautiful park. TFTF. — caviar42

Florida Caverns State Park
Florida Caverns State Park



Find out more about the Operation Recreation GeoTour here.

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

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