3 Florida National Parks you should add to your summer bucket list

Our master planned community began welcoming residents in 2003 with the objective of connecting people with nature. Fourteen years and a few more residents later, the cornerstone of our community is still conserving the environment around us. As one of the only green communities in Florida, we are proud to boast that 70 percent of Harmony’s 11,000-acre community will remain open, green space. Future generations will be able to enjoy Harmony’s land and learn about its rich history. Our master-planned community lifestyle lends its hand to appreciating other natural sanctuaries, like National Parks and Preserves. Since July is National Parks and Recreation month, we’ve put together a list of three Florida Parks that should be added to your summer plans! Big Cypress National Preserve Ochopee, FL Big Cypress National Preserve is located in Ochopee, Florida. Big Cypress contains a mix of tropical and temperate plant communities that host different wildlife, including the Florida panther. The freshwater of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, supports the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast. Big Cypress is also a designated International Dark Sky Park. This is one of the last protected night skies where visitors can still enjoy seeing the Milky Way and thousands of stars. You won’t want to miss the opportunity for star gazing from your camping site!   Dry Tortugas National Park  Key West, Florida Seventy miles west of Key West lies Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Only accessible by boat or seaplane, the park is home to one of the nation’s largest 19th-century forts, Fort Jefferson. It's also home to crystal clear waters, coral reefs and plenty of marine and bird life. One of the most popular ways to see this National Park is by snorkeling and diving. Dry Tortugas’ coral reef is one of the most vibrant in the Florida Keys. The Dry Tortugas National Park is a must-see that you should have on your bucket list!    Everglades National Park Monroe, Miami-Dade and Collier Counties It’s hard to think about Florida without mentioning the Everglades National Park. Everglades National Park covers 1.5 million acres of South Florida and spans threecounties. The best way to see the Everglades is by camping along the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway, which can be traveled by canoe, kayak or power boat. The trail takes about eight days to complete. The Everglades provides an important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the Florida panther. The Everglades is recognized internationally as a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and is a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty. Do you have a favorite Florida National Park? Tweet them to us at @HarmonyFL! If you're looking for a master-planned community in Central Florida, we’re here to answer any questions you might have. Give us a call and see why Harmony, Florida is the perfect place to call home. Harmony home tour