Published: Jan 28, 2011 5:59 PM EST
Updated: Jan 28, 2011 1:48 PM EST

LOVER'S KEY, Fla.-- Florida's state parks remain a big hit with its citizens.

Two state parks in Lee County are ranked in the top five for being popular with residents.

Audubon of Florida reported this week that more than one million people visited Honeymoon Island in Pinellas County alone in 2010.

It was the state's most popular park last year.

Lovers Key and Gasparilla Island in Lee County, Brevard County's Sebastian Inlet and Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park in Miami-Dade County ranked second through fifth respectively, Audubon said, referencing data from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Audubon is using the numbers in its efforts to persuade Florida lawmakers to find the money for the program known as Florida Forever that was established so the state could purchase environmentally sensitive lands.

At Lovers Key, visitors are attracted to the two-mile long beach accessible by boardwalk or tram.

It's popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking and sunbathing.

Anglers and boaters can launch their vessels from the park's boat ramp.

Outdoor enthusiasts can find plenty to do like kayaking, hiking, and riding bike.

For tour reservations and rentals of bicycles, canoes and kayaks, call (239)765-7788. Lovers Key is located on County Road 865 between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach in Lee County.