(Last Updated On: January 16, 2023)

bride and groom getting married at an american state park

No location makes as spectacular of a backdrop for saying “I do” as a beautiful state park surrounded by nature.

Around the country, you can find incredible venues, from castles to canyons to beaches, all the epitome of romance.

We found the thirteen of the best spots, in no particular order, from coast to coast to help you find your dream destination wedding.

bride and groom near rock formation at a state park

Map of State Parks Wedding Venues

Here is a map of the American State Parks covered in this post:

1. Odiorne Point State Park, New Hampshire

ocean view at odiorne point state park in new hampshire

Location: 570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870

New Hampshire offers hidden beauty on their little stretch of ocean with impressive options for vows. Odiorne Point State Park near Rye offers stunning beauty and facilities too. Say your “I do’s” in front of the rocky shoreline while the waves crash in the background. For the reception, set up a tent to enjoy the lighthouses, sailboats, and the Isles of Shoals for awe-inspiring beauty.

Allow the Seacoast Science Center to host your wedding in the state park with the perfect setup. They will transform their space to match your image of the perfect wedding day, whether you want a formal affair or a clam back on the beach. With room for up to 200 guests and quick access to the waterfront, your day will be even more special, a true event to remember.

2. Indian Springs State Park, Georgia

Location: 678 Lake Clark Rd, Flovilla, GA 30216

Indian Springs State Park, an hour southeast of Atlanta, Georgia, includes a wedding venue along with lovely southern beauty. Whether you are looking for an indoor or outdoor space, they offer it all. You can book the Idlewilde Event Center in the park to make memories at the enormous lakeside terrace with stunning water views and room for five hundred.

At Indian Springs State Park, you can enjoy a night of dancing in the ancient stone pavilion or at the park’s spacious event facility. The rocky river terrain and a low stone bridge may be the perfect backdrop for love. You can relax too as the facility offers catering facilities and AV equipment in each room and many other perks like a gigantic patio as big as a house!

3. Lake Havasu State Park, Arizona

sunset after a wedding at lake havasu state park

Location: 699 London Bridge Rd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Lake Havasu City is one of the most magnificent outdoor wedding sites in the Southwest on the border of California. Thanks to its gorgeous sun-painted rock formations, white sand beaches, pure blue seas, year-round sunshine, and central location to three states, it’s a wonderful option. You have options too, as you can join your lives together in marriage in fantastically elegant chapels, a pristine beach, on the London Bridge, or on a cruise across the lake.

Nearby Lake Havasu City is home to a wide variety of restaurants and caterers, so no matter your guests’ food preferences or budget, you will be able to find the perfect place to celebrate your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower.

Additionally, the Nautical Beachfront Resort in Lake Havasu City offers everything you need for your ceremony and reception, including room for guests.

4. Gillette Castle State Park, Connecticut

Gillette Castle State Park wedding venue

Location: 67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423

Every bride deserves to feel like a princess on her wedding day, and very few people can say they were married in a castle. You can if you hold your wedding at Gillette Castle State Park, an hour east of New Haven, Connecticut. The terrace of Gillette Castle in Gillette Castle State Park is a beautiful location for a small, intimate wedding, but keep in mind you cannot get married at the castle. You and your guests can take a tour before taking a ferry back.

Gillette Castle is a 14,000-square-foot stone marvel that sits atop the 7th Sister hill, 200 feet above the Connecticut River. The Castle stands in stark contrast to the trees and the blooming native flora along with the river. One of the best aspects of this wedding location is the castle part of the park remains cool and peaceful even during the hot, humid summers. Do plan for a smaller wedding, though, as the venue works best for twenty with everyone else standing.

5. The Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina

Atalaya Castle wedding venue

Location: Atalaya Rd, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Located at Huntington Beach State Park, the National Historic Landmark Atalaya Castles makes a gorgeous location for a wedding with a nod to Spanish and Mediterranean style on the east coast. The home’s location on the beach makes it one of the most picturesque and romantic wedding venues in South Carolina. Choose the castle’s palmetto tree-lined gardens for a memorable ceremony and the other side of the gardens for the reception.

No other location close to Myrtle Beach offers as much beauty and romance.
The Moorish style adds a touch of elegance to the Inlet castle, which is close to the beautiful sandy beaches of the South Carolina coast, making it an ideal location for a garden wedding. The castle’s stone walls and the surrounding vegetation both make for stunning backdrops, and the wedding packages offer reasonable prices. With so much space, including a courtyard, you will find room for all your guests and vendors.

6. Degray Lake Resort State Park, Arkansas

Location: 2027 State Park Entrance Rd, Bismarck, AR 71929

Wedding ceremonies, receptions, and even rehearsal dinners can all be held at the beautiful DeGray Lake Resort State Park a little over the southwest of Little Rock. While not the largest venue, the resort offers 96 guest rooms, professional event planners, caterers, and more to help you plan your dream wedding. Family from out of town who come for the event will enjoy a full-service restaurant, swimming pool, hot tub, golf course, and fitness center. A

As one of the region’s five Diamond Lakes, you can surround yourself with crystal blue waters and forest on a tiny island close to land. Enjoy breathtaking views and amazing facilities ready to make your day extra special with an amphitheater, pavilions, and more perfect options for the vow ceremony. End the perfect day with a sunset cruise, or go on a snorkeling excursion the next day with your new spouse!

7. Lake Louisa State Park, Florida

beach at Lake Louisa State Park

Location: 7305 US Hwy No. 27, Clermont, FL 34714

Lake Louisa provides a dazzling setting for your wedding and reception in the Sunshine State of Florida, only half an hour for Orlando. The park will help you with all the preparations for your wedding, from finding a gorgeous spot by the water to providing full catering and other services. Find out why many couples choose this picturesque place with natural features such as a private beach, peaceful meadows, towering oak trees, and docks facing a crystal clear lake.

Pick from several locations for your nuptials, from comfortable cabins to glamping tents. Friends and family from out of town can try the best of luxury camping in style. Just think about the magical experience of an intimate ceremony in the shade of moss-draped trees, with a view of the beautiful lakes. Lake Louisa is a beautiful setting for a joyful outdoor celebration.

8. Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Golden Gate Canyon State Park in colorado