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Old 01-13-2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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Where to go?

We are new to the AS life and were hoping to jump on the bandwagon. We live in Florida and were hoping to visit some of our fabulous parks here. However, we are finding that, at this time of year, they are completely booked. We are located in the St. Pete area and really want to visit some of the beautiful areas around the state. While next year we can plan ahead a little better, does anyone have any suggestions for this year (now)? Right now we are looking for places we can go for long weekends that aren't too far from home. We love biking, kayaking and fishing and just sitting around the fire pit. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 01-13-2008, 05:49 PM   #2
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Hi, congratulations and welcome!

Well the snow birds have migrated south this time if year.
I'm sure seasoned members will chime in, but as you have seen , almost everything is booked.

You might try north towards the panhandle, or the homosassa area. Grab a RV park directory, and start calling parks. You might have some luck with the state parks!

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Old 01-13-2008, 06:28 PM   #3
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I agree with ArtZilla that you should check out state parks to the north. Go to the website Reserve America to get information on the various state parks. I have enjoyed Wekiva Springs in Orlando and Anastasia in St Augustine. There are also beautiful parks up here in the panhandle (like St Andrews and Henderson Beach). The key is reservations for the sites and parks you want in the future. You can make reservations through Reserve America for state parks starting 11 months in advance.
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Old 01-13-2008, 06:45 PM   #4
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Fort Clinch, Topsail, Henderson Beach, Grayton Beach, are all nice.
If you book during the week you will have beter luck.
Pennecamp in the Keys has great kayaking and snorkling.
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:10 PM   #5
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We are new to the AS life and were hoping to jump on the bandwagon. We live in Florida and were hoping to visit some of our fabulous parks here. However, we are finding that, at this time of year, they are completely booked. We are located in the St. Pete area and really want to visit some of the beautiful areas around the state. While next year we can plan ahead a little better, does anyone have any suggestions for this year (now)? Right now we are looking for places we can go for long weekends that aren't too far from home. We love biking, kayaking and fishing and just sitting around the fire pit. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Ft Desoto of course!! It is the southern most point of Pinnellas county and is a state park, which has a 5 day maximum ( or it used to when we lived there). It is awesome and you can check out the fort and the old big guns that were installes to protect Tampa Bay from the Spanish. Also we used to go to Homasasa springs. There are a lot of great places in your area.
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:14 PM   #6
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Ft. De Soto is our favorite...it is booked solid January and February....
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:23 PM   #7
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Map and photos of panhandle campgrounds in this link...St Andrews is my fav.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...era-37772.html

How about where the manatees come in during the winter?
Somewhere around Swannee River I think
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:14 PM   #8
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It's a common problem in areas that have milder winter climates...SoAz is the same way, but here you can't make resrvations in state parks (except a few), and it's first come, first serve. Perhaps there are some non-reservation situations in your area? I don't know. Even so, the polpular parks are still busy. We have the best luck getting in if we arrive mid-week, or at least by Thursday or early Friday...as the weekend crowds are usually filing in by Friday afternoon...Saturday arrivals can be very "iffy"... You might also check out county park, federal campground and regional park options...

One thing you might do, too, if you are in the neighborhood of a park where you'd like to make future reserbvations...go on in and check out which campsites you would most enjoy...that can take out a lot of the guess work...

Good luck and have fun wherever you land!
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Old 01-14-2008, 07:36 AM   #9
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Kathryn Abbey Hanna in Jacksonville is nice. It is a Jacksonville City Park, has 450 acres and is on the beach. The campground has many spaces and is a short bike ride to the beach. Mostly shaded spaces, and private.

If you do go there, double check your directions if you use a GPS. Ours took us on a ferry instead of the main streets in JAX!
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Hillsborough River State Park, and Alafia River State Park both had spots available during the week during February. both offer biking, and boating for your kayaks.
The RV park we are in right now is about 10 miles from Hillsborough River State Park, and I am loking at about 20 empty spots. You can stay here, and go to the state park as a day visitor.
Website for the park we are in is Welcome To Quail Run RV Park
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We are also Kayakers, and one of our favorite places is Grayton Beach State Park in Walton County. There is a nice campground with electric and water. The park is directly on the Gulf of Mexico and Western Lake. We live nearby and put in to Western Lake from the park regularly. There is also a great bike path that runs the entire length of Highway 30A (18 miles) through really neat little towns like Seaside, Watercolor, and Rosemary Beach. You would also be right at the Town of Grayton Beach. Grayton Beach is a funky little beach town where the town motto is "Grayton Beach, nice dogs, weird people".

Grayton is a little far for a weekend. It's a little over 400 miles from St. Petersburg. If you do decide to come up this way, remember that this area of the state is in the Central Time Zone.

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