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Old 12-13-2014, 08:51 AM   #1
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First time in Florida: Suggestions

Hi. We will be traveling around Florida for a month or two this winter. It is our first visit to Florida and we want to make sure that we make the most of it. I'm hoping to get a few suggestions for things to see and do while we're there. We love the outdoors and a lot of what we like to do centers around being outdoors. We will have our bikes with us but unfortunately, not our kayaks. We also like anything historical. Beyond that, we will be glad for all suggestions. If you found something you really enjoyed, it might be something we'd like to see also.

Our first week is at W.P. Franklin COE Park in Alva, Florida. After that Myakka State Park for 3 days, Jonathan Dickenson State Park for a week, and finally Anastasia State Park near St, Augustine for a week. After that, we have the option to travel around for another week or two but have nothing planned. Weather permitting, we may travel around Georgia, South Carolina or possibly North Carolina, gradually working our way back north. (New Hampshire)

Of course, we can research online for ideas but we put a lot more weight on things we learn from fellow campers. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

BTW: Travel dates are the end of January through the middle of March.

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Old 12-13-2014, 10:47 AM   #2
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mrebele, In 2013 we traveled the Georgia, South Carolina, and lower North Carolina Coasts. There are many interesting areas to explore. The one that we enjoyed the most was Hunting Island State Park in SC.


You can see our trip as we captured it on our blog.:


We will be traveling the Florida East and West coast, Alabama, Mississippi coast to New Orleans starting in January 2015. We expect to add this trip to our blog as we go.

Be sure to visit Blackbeard's Museum in Beaufort North Carolina. In 1718 Blackbeard's ship, The Queen's Revenge, ran aground as it entered the inlet at Beaufort. The ship sunk. In 1996 the sunken ship was discovered and since then every October they have been recovering artifacts from the shipwreck and restoring and then placing them in the Maritime Museum. Very interesting exhibit.

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Old 12-13-2014, 10:56 AM   #3
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Welcome to Florida! You will love the state parks. We go to a different one for a week every month. Be sure you check out some of the springs state parks for the manatees. Blue Spring and Rainbow Springs are two that come to mind. Myakka River SP had some flooding problems earlier this year...might want to check conditions there before going. The campsites were closed for a while and the cabins are closed until 2016. Anastasia SP is the best location for exploring St Augustine. The old tourist attraction Silver Springs near Ocala has now become a state park. We're going there next month for the first time to check it out. Have fun and stay safe.
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Old 12-13-2014, 01:54 PM   #4
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Thanks TinCanTee and RV735. I will check with Myakka to make sure everything is all set with our reservation. They took our reservation and haven't contacted us to cancel it so I'm hoping we're all set.

RV735, I read your blog and loved it. You seem to enjoy some of the same things we enjoy. I especially liked the Blackbeard Museum. We'll be traveling around Florida at about the same time. If you see a Springdale travel trailer pulled by a red pickup with NH plates, give us a honk and a wave!
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You may want to add your vehicle info to your signature. (make/model/size). There are plenty of good Florida State Parks but many have length restrictions and lots of them have low branches. You'll have a great time at Anastasia but it's a bit chilly in north FL that time of year.
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:31 PM   #6
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While at the COE, you can go into Ft. Myers and check out the Edison/Ford museum . In St. Augustine, you'll have plenty to do .. the 2 forts, all the shops on St. George, check out the Alligator Farm... interesting. By Myakka, there is a bike trail that goes from Sarasota to Venice... I've been meaning to get there.
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A good place to visit is Ocala National Forest. There are a number of springs that have nice, nature walks. Juniper is one of our favorites. Also, just for fun, visit Ft. Clinch State Park near Fernandina Beach. It is more fun than the fort in St. Augustine since you get to walk around and go in all the rooms. The first weekend of each month is an encampment there with reenactors. River Rendezvous near Mayo, Florida has a nice campground, and you can rent a canoe and they will take you up and drop you off to paddle downstream to tour the Suwanee River. You can stop at 4 or 5 small springs on the way back on the way back to the campground.
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Jollyjim. Thanks for the ideas. We looked up Fort Clinch and that sounds like a place we'd like to visit. Our last reservation is at Anastasia St Park and Fort Clinch is on our way home from there. We've added it to our itinerary.
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Being your first trip to FL. from N.H. I might suggest getting out a map and find I-4 that intersects the state. The rule of thumb is that's the dividing line to find warmer temps. You'll be surprised how cold it can get above I-4. We're in a place called Frostproof, FL., that's below I-4, and it was 36 this morning when I got up, but it'll be in the beautiful 70's later. Being from N.H., by the way I love your state, 36 won't sound bad at all. But most folks travel to FL. for warmer temps.
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Didn't have any flooding issues at Myakka a month ago, and we haven't had any serious rain since, so think you'll be okay there.

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