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Anastasia State Park is a 1,600-acre (6.5 km2) Florida State Park located on a peninsula on the Atlantic coast of Anastasia Island across Matanzas Bay from downtown St. Augustine. The park has a variety of wildlife, birds and plants in a setting of beaches, tidal salt marsh, and marine and upland hammock.

Anastasia State Park
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Boardwalk to beach, Anastasia State Park
Map showing the location of Anastasia State Park
Map showing the location of Anastasia State Park
Location St. Johns County, Florida, United States
Nearest city St. Augustine, Florida
Coordinates 29°51′43″N 81°16′23″W / 29.86194°N 81.27306°W / 29.86194; -81.27306Coordinates: 29°51′43″N 81°16′23″W / 29.86194°N 81.27306°W / 29.86194; -81.27306
Area 1,700 acres (6.9 km2)
Established 1949
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

It is also home to the Old Spanish Coquina Quarries, an archaeological site from which the coquina stone used in the construction of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine was mined, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Acquired by the state of Florida in 1949, Anastasia State Park has long been a favorite playground for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

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Recreational activitiesEdit

Activities include bird watching, camping, fishing, sun bathing, beachcombing, running, surfing, sail boarding, swimming, kayaking, hiking, and picnicking.

Along with park interpretive programs and nature trails, there is also a campground. The campground contains 139 campsites all located within the beautiful maritime hammock and just a short walk or bike ride from the beach. Anastasia State Park has concessions to provide guests with rental opportunities of bicycles, paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. There is also a grill area and a small gift shop for visitors to take home an Anastasia memory. The grill location also provides Wi-Fi for visitors' use.

HoursEdit

Florida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).

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