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Tomoka State Park – Camping, Fishing and Paddling in Central Florida

November 7th, 2012

Tomoka State Park

Tomoka State Park is one of those special places near Daytona Beach that appeals to your sense of adventure. Activities like fishing, camping, hiking and canoeing are just a few options for fun to get you started. Wildlife viewing is popular with herons and other aquatic birds all along the Tomoka River. One unique thing you’ll want to see is the Legend of Tomokie statue which was sculpted by a local artist in 1955.

Kirby Collins camping at Tomoka State Park

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August in the Merritt Island National Refuge – Central Florida’s Best Wildlife Watching Spot

August 22nd, 2012

Wild Pigs

PIGS! I yelled as I pulled off the road and opened the door. Beverly was looking at a map or something and I had my camera in hand and stooped down to position myself behind a tree. I then motioned for Beverly to quietly come over and she slid in behind me in stealth mode. The seven wild pigs were feeding and doing what wild pigs do.

We were at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and had a great day watching a diversity of wildlife. The refuge is one of the best wildlife viewing parks close to Orlando to see a wide variety birds, mammals and reptiles.

Manatee on his back

A downpour left this manatee happily swimming on his back. He appeared to be drinking the rainwater as manatees need freshwater every couple weeks.

Osprey

There were many ospreys, like this one holding what appears to be a mullet.

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Relive History – Photos of Fort Matanzas

July 12th, 2012

Cannon at Fort Matanzas

In 1745, A Spanish officer and around six soldiers would be sent to defend St. Augustine’s southernmost access nearly 15 miles south at Matanzas Inlet. They’d spend 30-day stints protecting Castillo de San Marcos from the British and pirate ships. These solders had to endure all that nature could throw at them, strong storms, extreme heat and swarms of mosquitoes. Their outpost was Fort Matanzas, it offered them shelter from the elements as well as protection from cannon fire.

Fort Matanzas Quarters

After being built by the Spanish from 1740-42, Florida and the fort were traded to the British in 1763 in exchange for Cuba. Fort Matanzas was then reoccupied by the Spanish and eventually the US and Union Army before being decommissioned in 1900 after the Spanish-American War.

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Wild Florida Places – Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area

May 19th, 2012

Barred Owl

By Kirby Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com

When Zach Cooney said, “Look, another red-tailed hawk” we were hoping for another shot at photographing one we’d seen earlier. But this time what landed just across the canal was a barred owl, he looked over at us, his eyes almost asking “who?”.

Alligator

We were at the Tosohatchee WMA, a 30k acre plus recreation area located on the St. Johns River. I had the opportunity to accompany Morgan & Zach Cooney and their father Mike, of Cooney Wildlife Adventures, on this environmentally sensitive piece of land between Orlando and Cape Canaveral.

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For the Perfect Summer Getaway, Consider the Florida Panhandle

May 7th, 2012

White Sand Beaches of Pensacola

By Myscha Theriault – Independent Travelers Resources at Trekhound.com

While the panhandle may be a bit of a drive from southern Florida, it’s easily accessible for people in Georgia and other nearby states that border the Gulf of Mexico. Known as the Emerald Coast by locals and regional travelers, the area is beginning to bounce back from the BP disaster. From fishing rodeos to spa getaways and souvenir experiences for the serious shopper, here are a few places in northwest Florida you may want to check out.

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Valentine’s Day in Florida – Pamper Yourself in Luxury or Escape to the Outdoors for Adventure

February 7th, 2011

This couple has it made in the shade

Valentine’s Day is the time of year when we do something special for the one we love. Whether your sweetie likes to be pampered in luxury or head into the great outdoors for a little adventure, Florida has just what you’re looking for and if you’re inclined to do the most romantic thing on Valentine’s Day and make if official, Florida has some great places to get married and then enjoy a romantic honeymoon.

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Cold Weather is Best Time to See Manatees at Blue Spring State Park

December 26th, 2010

Manatees Playing

Blue Spring, FL – When the mercury drops in Central Florida, manatees in the St. Johns River look for warm water and the best place for manatees and those who want to see them is Blue Spring State Park near Orange City.

Manatee

The manatees visit Blue Spring because the water that comes out of the spring is a constant 72 degrees year round making it a life saver for manatees who don’t migrate south during the winter.

Canoe Rentals at Blue Springs

The State Park is also popular for the many activities available like canoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking and boat tours of the St. Johns River.

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PlacesAroundFlorida.com Announces New Northeast Florida Beaches Section

July 19th, 2010

PlacesAroundFlorida.com announces our new Northeast Florida Beaches section. Florida has over 1250 miles of beautiful coastline and more than 90% of our beaches are oil free. And now has never been a better time to visit Florida beaches with many offering lodging discounts and other promotions. The beaches of Northeast Florida have always been popular with visitors from Georgia, North and South Carolina, but with the oil from the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster impacting the Florida Panhandle, PlacesAroundFlorida.com has recently visited and added new popular beach destinations for Florida visitors.

Northeast Florida Beaches Have Not Been Affected by the BP Oil Spill

The beaches of Northeast Florida are over a thousand miles from the oil spill and are located just off Florida’s I-95. Whether you’re looking for an unspoiled natural beach at one of Florida’s State Parks or the resort lifestyle with all of the amenities, you’ll find it in Northeast Florida. Here are just a few.

Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach

Fernandana Beach
Amelia Island is a lush beautiful island, with many miles of beaches and several state parks that have trails great for hiking, biking and nature watching. Fernandina Beach is the northern most east coast beach in Florida and has been an important seaport from early on, which is evident in its Victorian-era architecture and charming historic district. One of the most popular resorts is Amelia Island Plantation. This 1350 acre AAA Four Diamond resort on Amelia Island overlooks the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west.
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Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier
Jacksonville Beach is a great place to spend a few days, as it will take you that long to see it all. The beaches are nice and wide so I guess that’s why they made the pier’s boardwalk so nice and wide. Along with the hanging out on the fishing pier, you can browse the shops at the boardwalk, ride your bike or rollerblade along, but be sure to watch for people, because this place is always crowded, day or night.
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Ponte Vedra Beach

Beach at Ponte Vedra Inn
Ponte Vedra Beach is known for two things, posh resorts and pristine golf courses, but they do have great beaches as well. The beach there is wide and sandy, great for laying out getting a tan or looking for shells, as lifeguards watch over all guests. Just south of Jacksonville, this world class resort is a favorite east coast beach.
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Anastasia State Park

Sand Dune at Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park is near St. Augustine and welcomes thousands visitors from all over the world every year to enjoy its many natural wonders. Anastasia’s four miles of beautiful beaches attract walkers, joggers, fishermen, surfers, kayakers, bicyclists and water sports enthusiasts.
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Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach - World Famous Flagler Beach Sign
Along Florida’s east coast tucked in north of Daytona Beach you’ll find Flagler Beach; once a sleepy little fishing village Flagler Beach has flourished in to a vibrant seaside community while maintaining much of its original charm. The big ‘Flagler Beach’ emblazoned across the roof of the Flagler Beach Municipal Pier Restaurant is and has been a draw to the pier for a long time and is arguably the most familiar sign on the beach.
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Of course there are many other Beaches in Florida to visit and there’s no better way to cool off this summer than a visit to the beach.

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