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Old 03-05-2008, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Between Belmont & Cramerton, North Carolina
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Hi all,

We are planning a trip to Florida in April for 10 days and we were wondering which destinations you can recommend in your state.

Interested in:
- Historic cities, districts / sites. Nice coastal towns
- National / state parks: Beautiful nature, hiking, animals
- Beaches: Snorkeling, high waves

Not interested:
- Family friendly places (we don't have children yet)
- Major spring break destinations
- Disney, Universal studios, aquariums

We're looking forward to hearing from you,
Christian
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Old 03-05-2008, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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St Augustine is a great city with lots of history. Anastasia Island State Park is right on the ocean and worth visiting. Ringling Museum (http://www.ringling.org/museum_art.asp - broken link) or Spanish Point in Sarasota/Osprey.

Tarpon Springs is kind of neat. It has a lot of Greek culture, interesting food, sponge docks.

You could try Ah-tah-thi-ki Museum. It's part of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. They have alligator wrestling, air boat rides, Indian museum.

Babcock Wilderness Adventures (http://www.babcockwilderness.com/about.htm - broken link) in Punta Gorda. You go out in a swamp buggy through the native wilderness of Florida. You will see deer, alligator, boar, etc. We just went on this a week or so ago and had a great time.

Here's a website that lists all of the state parks in Florida.

I'll see if I can think of anymore....
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Old 03-05-2008, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach, FL & Napa, CA
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Palm Beach, FL

Whitehall Flagler Museum


The Breakers

Palm Beach Hotels - Florida Resort - Florida Accommodations - The Breakers


Jupiter, FL

The Nature Conservancy in Florida - Blowing Rocks Preserve


North Palm Beach, FL

MacARTHUR BEACH STATE PARK


Delray Beach, FL

The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens


Juno Beach, FL

Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach - Home
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Old 03-05-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Mote Marine Laboratory is another really cool place to visit. It houses sea life and injured animals that are native to Florida.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Between Belmont & Cramerton, North Carolina
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Thanks for the information!

Can you tell me the best way to visit the Everglades? Do people drive to Homestead and then from the Ernest Coe to the Flamingo visitor center? The map http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/upload/evermap.pdf (broken link) shows a lot of campgrounds that don't seem to be accessible by a road. Do people hike there or are they only accessible by boat?

How are the John Pennekamp Coral Reef state park or Biscayne NP?

Is it worthwhile driving down all the way to Key West?
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:16 PM
 
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You can start in St. Augustine. Then cross the state into St. Pete. From there on cross the Skyway bridge into Sarasota. While there make a brief stop in Venice. Then head all the way down to Key West.
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:35 PM
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Location: NEFL/Chi, IL
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The Everglades in the warmer months are intensely "bug oriented".
Like, you can't even comprehend it until you experience it. Just beware.
As a FL native who actually lived in SWFL for a period of time, I've gone into the Glades precisely twice.
Once on a school field trip and once because a girl insisted we go. I have no intentions on ever going back because having 200 mosquito welts for a couple weeks isn't my idea of a "good time".

Invest in some 100% DEET and make sure to bring long sleeves.
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Between Belmont & Cramerton, North Carolina
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The Everglades in the warmer months are intensely "bug oriented".
Like, you can't even comprehend it until you experience it. Just beware.
As a FL native who actually lived in SWFL for a period of time, I've gone into the Glades precisely twice.
Once on a school field trip and once because a girl insisted we go. I have no intentions on ever going back because having 200 mosquito welts for a couple weeks isn't my idea of a "good time".

Invest in some 100% DEET and make sure to bring long sleeves.
We're planning on visiting at the beginning of April. Is it already that bad at this time of the year?
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:20 PM
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Location: NEFL/Chi, IL
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It's "beginning". Not as bad as July, but it still can really, really suck.

Everglades National Park Mosquitoes
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:43 AM
 
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My husbands parents always go to anna marie island and we have been there several times. Not far from St. Armonds circle(spelling) Great shopping. Sarasota gardens were nice as well (lots of birds) We also went to the mote marine lab where they offer boat tours (didn't get a chance to do). We went at the end of march and we found it do able.
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