Saturday, October 26, 2013

Washington Oaks State Park

Last Saturday my husband Sandy and I spend most of the day walking around Washington Oaks. The formal gardens are the centerpiece of Washington Oaks, but it is also famous for the unique shoreline of coquina rock formations that line its Atlantic beach. This unique state park is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River and was once the property of a distant relative of President George Washington. Louise and Owen Young purchased the land in 1936 and built a winter retirement home. They established gardens and named it Washington Oaks. In 1965 the couple donated most of the property to the State. The gardens are filled with native and exotic species, including azaleas, camellias and the exquisite bird of paradise in a picturesque setting.
A lovely tranquil setting.
An artist takes advantage of the beautiful floral display.




Visitors are welcome to picnic and fish from either the beach or the seawall along the Matanzas River.
Playing among the many rock formation along the beach.

A stroll along the beach.
Short trails provide opportunities for hiking and bicycling. Visitors learn more about the park in the visitor center. Located two miles south of Marineland on State Road A1A.

The Homes, Gardens and Groves of Louise P. and Owen D. Young have been placed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
My Hubby Sandy Brooke takes the best pictures!
Friends of Washington Oaks:
Established in 1998 as a non-profit corporation to function as a Citizens Support Organization (CSO), to work for the preservation, protection, interpretation and promotion of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. This is accomplished through special work projects, programs, and events. There are also outreach programs, exhibits, interpretive programs, fund raising activities, guided tours and additional activities which are designed to meet the needs of Washington Oaks State Gardens.


Washington Oaks State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Boulevard
Palm Coast, Florida 32137
(386) 446-6780

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Carla,

We've been there a long time ago and your description and fabulous pictures brought back those priceless memories.

Thanks

Diane

R Howard said...

A beautiful
spot..Thanks so much for sharing..maybe someday I will get there!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

What beautiful photographs Carla
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts School Projects

Lindsay Weirich said...

lovely photos!

Linda Bouffard said...

Carla, what a beautiful post!! So beautiful pictures, too. Thanks for sharing them.. Linda