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Old 10-29-2015, 08:12 AM   #1
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Florida/Texas State Parks

Does anyone use the state park system for long term winter stays?

We enjoy the state parks around our home area and thought about trying it for snowbirding. We like the room between sites and more natural settings. Not into the amenities, so much.

The biggest draw-back I see is the 14 day limit at most parks. How do you handle that? Just move from park to park, every 2 wks? That, in itself, might be kind of interesting, except I'd be concerned about getting into the next place if you didn't have the reservations planned out just right. Or, is that not an issue?

Any first-hand advise? Thanks!
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We don't long term stay in State Parks in Florida but most of the folks we see doing it will either boondock somewhere or find a Home Depot or Sams to hang in before returning for two more weeks...we would probably use private CG though - cant speak for Texas - have never stayed in their state parks.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:42 AM   #3
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Go on line & make reservations around Fla-I have not been to a bad Fla Park- and they are full in the winter months.

The 2 week rule works because it gives everyone a shot at a campsite. Florida does not make money on campgrounds-our campgrounds are inexpensive & beautiful.
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winter in FL state parks are all booked. Same for warm areas of TX (gulf coast). Good luck.
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winter in FL state parks are all booked. Same for warm areas of TX (gulf coast). Good luck.
Thanks, but I'm looking ahead a little..... not 'till the winter of 2016-17.
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Texas has a great state park system. We spent a good part of the winter of 13/14 in Texas and stayed in the state parks often. I can't think of one that I would not go back to. The campsites seldom have sewer connections, only water and electric. We would have to drive to the dump station (located in the campground) about every four days or so. That's a little inconvenient but manageable. The park system has an annual pass available for $70. It's a great deal since you not only have to pay the daily rate for a campsite but also the day use fee as well. The annual pass eliminates the day use fee. When we bought our annual pass it included four nights stay in any campground. Most of the campgrounds were $15 to $20 per night so simple math will show the annual pass is a great deal. We normally stayed in the state parks for a week or so, then went to an RV park for a while. That gave us a chance to do laundry, get spoiled with the hot tub, etc. I bet after two weeks in one spot you'll be ready to move on and find a new area to explore.
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Go on line & make reservations around Fla-I have not been to a bad Fla Park- and they are full in the winter months.

The 2 week rule works because it gives everyone a shot at a campsite. Florida does not make money on campgrounds-our campgrounds are inexpensive & beautiful.
Agree that FL. has great state parks, but find it hard to believe they don't make money on campgrounds.
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I have only used the TX SPs, coming and going (fall and spring) The Pass is a great deal, I get 3 seasons from it as it expires next year at the end of the month of purchase. April 15, Oct 15, and April 16. You get 4-1/2 price nights of a 2 day stay. I spend 4-6 days in the parks each season. The only park I ever saw full was Garner. We do tend to make reservations. We have been to 15 or so different parks and enjoyed all!
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Florida changed the two week rule last April. You must depart the park for three days before you can restay for another 2 weeks. Apparently, the Rangers can no longer override the online reservation system to let someone "stay" for the night between weeks like they could under the old rules.
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South Carolina has extended stays in their state parks. And they offer 1/2 price for month long stays. Gulf State Park in Alabama also offers one month stays November through March.

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Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama is a wonderful park for winter snowbirds. You can stay all winter. It is cooler in temps but has some very nice days, too. It has big sites and a awesome beach within a short distance. It's a very friendly park because of all the snowbirders.
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What is the fee on gulf shores? Do the state parks honor the access pass?
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Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama is a wonderful park for winter snowbirds. You can stay all winter. It is cooler in temps but has some very nice days, too. It has big sites and a awesome beach within a short distance. It's a very friendly park because of all the snowbirders.
Plus Pensacola (where we live) and Destin in Florida are nearby, and have lots of attractions.

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