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jleas524

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Okay, we are changing our plans and we will be going south-bound to Florida this summer. There will be my wife, my 6 y/o son and myself. We are traveling in a smaller class C, with no tow vehicle.
We want to end up in Key West, but would prefer to travel the west coast of Florida this time. We have visited most of the east coast to Cocoa Beach and most of the panhandle.
We will have about two weeks to do this now, cut down from 3-4 weeks do to a job change. We do not care to see a lot of theme parks, but prefer to see more of the natural side of Florida and its Gulf Coast beaches.
Does anyone have any recommendations for campgrounds or routes to take to make it enjoyable, mostly for a 6 y/o boy?

Thanks in advance...

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Try Homosassa Spings and Crystal River to swim with the manatees. Click on my signature to see the manatees we swim with. Also go to Facebook and type in Gail Minor Holton for more info on (FREE) manatee tours. Many videos of many people we have taken out to educate. The wife is an underwater photographer. Good luck on your vacation. Sam and Gail


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Take the time to stop in the Ocala National Forest at Salt Spgs rec area. You will not regret it


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I would get over on US 19 South after stopping at Stephen Foster State Park at White Springs off I-75. Take I-10 west to US 19 South. Then some stops at Steinhatchee, Old Town (Yellow Jacket RV Resort), Manatee Springs State Park. I would get back on I-75 to bypass St Pete and Tampa. Hillsborough River State Park is nice. Myakka River State Park and then http://www.ahtahthiki.com/ Seminole Indian Museum is interesting. I-75 across south Florida exit 49. on your way to Key West.


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Try Fort Desoto park just south of Saint Petersburg in Tampa bay. It is a county park and you'll need to reserve a site early as it is very popular. Miles of sandy beaches and bike paths.


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WOW... thanks for all the responses... I am trying to locate all of them on the map now..

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Cedar Key is a worthwhile stop.

http://www.cedarkey.org/

Edward Ball State Park / Wakulla Springs near Tallahassee is great also.

http://www.floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings/

And perhaps not this trip, but maybe for you next, the gulf coast of the Panhandle has tons of great beaches and state campgrounds, starting at St George Island and working west towards Pensacola would make a great trip.


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I'm surprised no one mentioned Topsail Hill SP, east of Destin. It' a fabulous FHU park. The camping spots are not on the beach because it is a nature preserve, but they have a tram that takes you down to the beach every 30 min. Actually, I always counted that a good thing when my kids were little. Didn't have to worry about one of the kids running off to the water unaccompanied. Topsail is well-maintained and has paved parking, nice bathhouses, a big laundry room and even a pool. You can probably get a spot if you reserve now. I don't know about getting a walk up with out reservations in the summer.


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Posted: 04/24/13 05:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I understand you're wanting to stay in the Keys and see all these other places, you'll need to keep moving. Also the spots in the Keys book up early so check first before going.

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