With another year ending and the potential of a fresh start, we often take time to reflect and resolve to improve our lives. Two of the most popular resolutions are improving physical and mental well-being. An excellent way to kick off the start of those resolutions is by exploring alternatives to traditional gyms and stepping out in the great outdoors. Here in Florida, our state parks provide a wonderful opportunity for individuals and groups to find their path to fitness with their Florida Park Fit program.

With 52 weeks in a year, we cheer and challenge you to take the time this year to explore your surroundings and become familiar with the biodiversity in your community. Below are a few of our favorite locations to add to your weekend exploration bucket lists. (comment below if you have already been!)

Photos shown are from a First Day Hike exploration of Highlands Hammock State Park by our designer and nature enthusiast, Stephanie Dunn. The First Day Hike programs are free guided hiking events for individuals and families led by knowledgeable park staff and volunteers of the fifty state park system. This nationwide initiative was started by the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) as a way to encourage people to spend time outdoors, exercising, and connecting with nature in the coming year.

Highlands Hammock State Park Sebring, FL