This autumn weather is the perfect time for getting outside. Grab the kids, pack a lunch and head to the great outdoors and take a hike! Here are 8 family hikes in the Southeast that you and the kids will love…
From waterfalls to underwater caverns, turn of the century farms to modern overlooks, beaches to prairies. Florida has a vast variety of State Parks for the whole family to enjoy. So grab your kids and get outside! Here are 11 Florida State Parks that you will love.
Florida just opened it’s 175th State Park- a slice of natural Florida located on the Santa Fe River. But Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park has been a favorite local swimming hole for a long time…
A huge black winged bird swooped across our path and landed neatly on the picnic table in front of us. The ebony reptilian rolls around the bird’s neck jiggled as the creature leaned forward and peered into the blue and white striped canvas sack standing on the table top. I watched with a mixture of horror and fascination as the animal I recognized to be a turkey vulture, stuck his glossy beak into the bag and pulled out a piece of bread.
“Mom, do something,” my son urged.
In the Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove receives all the accolades, the adoration, and an endless stream of admirers- sometimes so endless that it can take hours to drive the famous Great Smoky Mountain National Park motor trail. But over hills from the popular Cades Cove lays a lesser known scenic drive- you won’t see the swathes of open fields fit for cattle-grazing that Cades Cove is famous for, but you may spot a bear or two- or even a llama on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
We descended 20 million years through time into the heart of the Smoky Mountains at Townsend’s Tuckaleechee Caverns. One of only two places left in this region of Tennessee that visitors can still explore. Tunnels and passages led past grottos, stalagmites, stalactites and the tallest subterranean waterfall in the Eastern United States.
While Orlando and Tampa theme parks have cornered the Florida market for rollercoaster ride thrills, North Central Florida offers heart-pounding adrenalin rush thrills of a different nature- the wild kind. Surround yourself with wild Florida in these challenging adventures. From paddling with monkeys to hiking with gators, soaring across water-filled canyons like a bird to a challenging bike trail and more. Be warned, these adventures are not for the faint hearted!
In the heart of busy Gainesville lies a living Monet masterpiece: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, a man-made wetland & haven for local wildlife.
Tucked away under the lush green canopy of North Central Florida hides a small old Florida town packed with high adventure. If you’re looking for roller coaster thrills and funnel cake amusements, this place is not for you. However, if you are in search of turquoise blue springs, tubing, paddling adventures and camping by a river, High Springs just may make your perfect escape.
Along the Santa Fe River lies a little-known hidden gem: Blue Springs. I loaded up the brood to explore the turquoise springs under the North Central Florida canopy.