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Old 03-14-2011, 08:51 AM   #1
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Good campgrounds on Florida Gulf Coast?

Wea are planning a spring break trip down the Gulf Coast of Florida fom east of St George Island down to Tampa. Can anyone suggest some good places to stay? We are taking our 7 year old daughter to Weeki Wachee Springs to see the Mermaids and are looking fo a couple of nice campgrounds to stay at in the surrounding area. Any suggestions?

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Old 03-14-2011, 09:01 AM   #2
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Just south of Tampa is Fort Desoto State Park. Might be all booked though. It is incredible pretty, well managed, and super pretty beaches. We are booked there in June!

The Official Fort DeSoto Park Home Page Good luck and have fun.

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Old 03-14-2011, 09:10 AM   #3
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You can reserve Florida parks 11 months in advance and coastal state parks have a reputation for booking up nearly that far out. Hope you work something out.

klattu covered the panhandle very well in Redneck Riviera.

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Old 03-14-2011, 10:00 AM   #4
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we did that same ride in reverse. Stayed at Blue Springs, then Ft Desoto. Both are great.
Also Manatee Springs was fun.
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At the half way point Chiefland, Florida. Manatee Springs State Park, is the best to see wild mermaids from sailing days. Manatees are still possible to see until the warm weather which they move out of the springs and rivers. The boardwalk from the spring to the Suwannee River also gives you a chance to see deer feeding around the cypress roots.
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You might check out St. Andrews Stare Recreation Area. Florida State Parks -ST. ANDREWS STATE RECREATION AREA
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:54 AM   #7
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Gulf Campgrounds

We've camped at Grayton Beach State Park and really love it.
(It's great for bikes,too!)

We've visited Big Lagoon State Park and though it was beautiful.
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Sunset Isles in Cedar Key is right on the water. zz
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:06 PM   #9
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We love Gulf Islands National Seashore, in the panhandle. Great camping and bike paths.

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We stayed at Yellow Jacket Resort across and down the river from Manatee Springs. We paddled the kayaks up the Suwannee to Manatee Springs. Good times.

We daytripped into Cedar Key - that's one of the end-of-the-earth places that is worth the effort.

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Old 03-14-2011, 06:45 PM   #11
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All great suggestions - never met a FL state park we didn't love. Fort Desoto County Park is far and away our favorite campground - if you can get in.
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Not exactly on the coast but Hillsborough River is nice state park with canoeing, bike trails, and it has a gigantic swimming pool for the kiddies. Just east of Tampa on I-4 and you pass by the Airstream "stone henge" ranch, if it's still standing.
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Near the coast, Ochlockonee State Park is beautiful. It's remote - so take groceries if you go! We really enjoyed walking along the river and watching the indigenous white squirrels which are plentiful there. It's old Florida - full of tall pines and live oaks.
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We'd have to agree with nilesrob, we too have never met a Florida State Park we didn't love. They're all great on either coast and some of the very best, if not the best, of any state we've visited.

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