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9 Florida State Parks Worth Visiting

Florida State Parks Travel

Every weekend, my dad texts me and asks “What state park are you at today?” I usually get this text a few hours after it’s been sent because I am in fact in a state park where there is limited to no cell service, but that’s my favorite thing about the weekends, exploring natural Florida. I’m not usually one to sit still on the weekend, but after a few crazy weeks, I finally gave in and just relaxed. And in my…

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Exploring the Florida Everglades

Florida State Parks Travel

The Everglades, a marshy wonderland unlike any other ecosystem in the world. There truly is only one Everglades. Here is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and home to a wide variety of species. It was designated a National Park in 1947 and efforts continue each and every day to save and protect this unique and wild landscape in South Florida.  Pack up the sunscreen, binoculars, bug spray, and camera and let me take you on a journey…

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Small Town Florida: Micanopy

Florida Travel

Away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, Florida has many quaint, small towns that seem reminiscent of the past. My latest journey took me through Micanopy, pronounced (mick-ah-No-pee). Micanopy, with a population of just over 600, is known as the town that time forgot. You can tell by the antique shops that line the rustic streets. The southern charm immediately drew me in. Way back in 1539 Hernando DeSoto, who I referenced in a previous blog post, encountered…

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Withlacoochee State Forest

Florida State Parks Travel

Withlacoochee, try saying that three times fast, or even three times correctly. I couldn’t seem to manage that despite how memorable it was.  What made this a memorable experience you ask? Well, it was almost my last*. I hope this blog post helps save lives. First, if you’re going to go off-roading in Florida, be sure you are in the appropriate off-roading vehicle. A Dodge Charger is not one of those.  Second, if you are going to explore the unknown,…

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Florida has old stuff too: DeSoto National Memorial

Florida State Parks Travel

It’s been a while since I’ve written about or even visited a state park. There is only one thing to blame for that: Florida summer. The heat and humidity can make it a little less desirable to hike through the marshy forest. Luckily DeSoto National Memorial is an excellent mix of history, nature, and beaches. This National Park on the west coast of Florida is believed to have been the landing spot of Hernando DeSoto and his crew in May…

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Experience the wild side of Central Florida at the Brevard Zoo

Florida Travel

No passport needed for this trip around the world. From African safaris to rainforest treks to a hop around the Australian Outback, it’s all possible just a short drive from Orlando at the Brevard Zoo. Africa Our day began with a kayaking tour on the Nyami Nyami River, an expedition through Africa. As we paddled down river we passed cheetahs, rhinos, zebra, lemurs and more. Did you know Lemurs cannot swim? I didn’t know that. Our guide said it was a…

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