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DH and I are basically touring Florida in February. So far so good with reservations! Will be in J'Ville, St Augustine, Stuart, over to FT Myers and then to Tampa/ST Pete - mostly using the RV to visit friends all over the state. Where to next? We have at least 3 more weeks to wander! Have been to Pensacola area (open to any other suggestions on the panhandle) and don't want to do Disney at this time. I am a history buff and DH goes along with almost anything. We are NOT into a lot of outdoors activities, but will walk for a purpose! Will be wandering in a 34'Class A with toad. Would like to make a 'loop' that will take us back towards home in Virginia . Thought about going up into Georgia, but not sure where to go there. Wondered about Atlanta, but many have suggested it's too congested and not worth a visit. Open to any places you may have gone along the way that you found worth a stop. Campground suggestions also welcome. Thanks in advance. Pam Hyatt


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Kennedy Space Center The Keys. In Ga Savannah

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If you can get in, and that's a big IF, look at Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island, not real far from Pensacola Beach, Florida. The fort is quite historic and interesting.


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Definitely stay well away from Atlanta. A number of the Georgia State Parks are historic sites or are close to historic sites.

Check out the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation.

Here's the Georgia State Parks and Historic sites guide online.. Nearly all of the GA State Parks have RV sites. Check to be sure if you pick a park. Some don't.

Here's a map of Georgia State Parks to check for those along your route.
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites Map

Ft. McAllister State Park just south of Savannah has historic re-enactments. You can camp there and go explore Savannah's historic district.


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Well in Tampa or near it anyway is Ybor City the old cigar manufacturing town, a definite history spot. Tarpon Springs just north of Tampa is an old greek sponge fishing town, worth a visit. St Augustine of course is the oldest settlement in America and has a lot of thoroughly restored historical sites.

Take a look at this interactive map of the state parks:
FL State Parks map

Koroshan SP down near Ft Myers is the remains of a utopian cult back in the 1800's. I haven't been there but some RV bloggers do camp hosting down there, I think he is a cook. And there is Mound Key not to far from there which is an archaeological park. Collier Seminole has an exhibit of the dredge used to cut the Tamiami Canal all the way across the state.
If you work your way thru those parks you'll find many are at historical sites and/or Indian relic sites. There are several parks devoted to the Seminole Wars back in Andrew Jackson'1s days. You could spend lots of time working your way thru a set of those and easily set up a loop path. Florida has almost 200 parks now and is adding more all the time. I have given up on visiting all of them...heh.


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If you do the Keys, it would probably be better to park the MH on the mainland and take the toad to Key West. I have been told there is a Casino on Krome Ave, close to Homestead that permits boondocking. Do the architecture tour of Miami Beach. I loved it.


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jspringator wrote:

If you do the Keys, it would probably be better to park the MH on the mainland and take the toad to Key West. I have been told there is a Casino on Krome Ave, close to Homestead that permits boondocking. Do the architecture tour of Miami Beach. I loved it.


Great idea except it involves driving in Miami traffic which is beyond horrible. I want to show my wife where I lived as a kid but gave up after a mile or so and 90 minutes.

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Silver Springs State Park is really nice.





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Howdy!

We like the Venice Beach area. My wife loves looking for sharks teeth a long the beaches.

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If you're lastly in the Tampa area & eventually heading north from there you might want to check out Florida's Nature Coast. It's 1-2 hours north of Tampa along the Gulf. The two towns you would want to research for camping are Homosassa and Crystal River.

Do some research on the various campgrounds in those areas. We stay at Rock Crusher Canyon in Crystal River, but there are several campgrounds in the area. Some are west of U.S.19 and border the Homosassa River or the Crystal River, while our CG is a few miles east of 19, not far from the local airport.

The Nature Coast isn't a beachy area although there is a small beach west of CR on Halls River Rd. Don't take your RV out there. This area is known for their manatees, kayaking, fishing, bike trails, and is more rural than you'll find along the Atlantic or south of I-4. The seafood joints are always good.

Suggested route from south of Tampa would be I-75 north to Brooksville exit and follow 98 westward to U.S.19 and then north.


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