Do you enjoy wandering through perfectly manicured gardens and watching butterflies flittering from flower to flower? Or maybe you like strolling along the water’s edge and exploring paths through the historic Florida countryside?
If you stop at mealtime, there is a nice picnic area with grills and a playground for the kids.
Before becoming a state park, the land was the winter estate of Owen and Louise Young from New York. Louise donated the property to Florida for the public to enjoy.
The gardens and historic home are on the shore of the Matanzas River.
The estate extended to the Atlantic coast. If you want to enjoy the beach, visit the eastern side of the park just across A1A on the ocean.
Highway A1A ran through the estate near the house and gardens. Mr. Young asked for it to be moved to its present location closer to the beach.
The old highway became a walking trail in the park. The ancient live-oak trees create a shady canopy over the historic trail.
You can still see the estate’s entrance columns along the old highway. They are crafted from the coquina rock that is so plentiful on the coastal beach.