• How to Make a Campground Reservation in Florida
    Campsites,  Florida Parks

    How to Make a Campground Reservation in Florida

    We love camping in Florida and apparently so do a lot of other campers. Finding a campsite for a weekend getaway can be frustrating. You will quickly realize that the more popular campgrounds are booked months in advance, especially during the winter months. I’ll give several ways we learned on how to make a campground reservation in Florida. If you are like us, you don’t always know that very far ahead if you will have time off to camp for a weekend. I have found some helpful websites and an app to help find the perfect campground for each of our camping trips with just a few weeks to plan.…

  • Rainbow Springs State Park
    Campsites,  Florida Parks,  Florida Springs,  Kayaking

    Rainbow Springs State Park

    It was such great weather in Florida this weekend, we decided to go on an adventurous day trip to Rainbow Springs State Park. This is the first time we have been to this beautiful park and it was worth the trip. Location Rainbow Springs is located in Central Florida, near the city of Dunnellson, in Marion County. This would be a great day trip if you are visiting the Tampa or Orlando area. It is a bit of a drive, but a great state park to just relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. History Rainbow Springs and the surrounding area had been inhabited by several cultures for thousands of…

  • Campsites,  Florida Parks,  Florida Springs,  Kayaking

    Salt Springs Recreation Area

    Our weekend camping adventure was to Salt Springs Recreation Area. This was an easy drive for us because it was located so close to our home. It made it a relaxing, stress free weekend, full of adventure. Salt Springs Recreation Area is located in the Ocala National Forest in Florida. It is located about 35 miles from Ocala in Marion County. Campsites We loved this campsite. It had everything we needed. There are extra long picnic tables, grills, and fire pits at each site. Not to mention they are also full hook ups for RVs. The paved parking pad was an added bonus. These are spacious sites with plenty of…

  • Campsites,  Florida Parks,  Florida Springs,  Kayaking

    Blue Spring State Park

    It was such a gorgeous day in Florida we decided to finally try out the kayak. We chose a spring close to our home, Blue Spring State Park. The spring is located in Orange City, Volusia County. This is a popular park on the weekends especially November-March when the Manatees are wintering here. The park will not allow cars in when it reaches capacity. Arrive early if possible. We of course didn’t and had a small wait to get in. It was worth it! Manatees If you are ever in Florida in the winter months this is such a beautiful park to observe Manatees. The water is crystal clear. It…

  • Beaches,  Florida Parks

    Our Favorite Florida Beaches

      Having transplanted to Florida from the midwest over ten years ago, we have come to love the beaches of Florida.   There is nothing like sitting on a beach, listening to the waves and watching your kids play in the surf.     We have been to a lot of beaches in Florida and are still discovering new ones to explore, but we have our favorites.  Here is a list of our top 5. Ponce Inlet Ponce Inlet is located just south of Daytona Beach. This is our go to beach.   We come here a lot and if we have family visiting, this is the beach we take…

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