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…
Roaring Fork: The Smoky Mountains Lesser Known Scenic Motor Trail
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.
Beneath the Smokies at Tuckaleechee Caverns
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.
North Central Florida for Thrill Seekers
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!
A Peek Inside Gainesville’s Sweetwater Wetlands Park
In the heart of busy Gainesville lies a living Monet masterpiece: Sweetwater Wetlands Park, a man-made wetland & haven for local wildlife.
Outdoor Adventures in High Springs, Florida
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.
Adventures at Florida’s Blue Springs
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.
Crystal River, Florida: An Insider Guide
Crystal River, known as the winter haven for the West Indian Manatee floods with visitors during the November thru March months, with everyone vying for a spot to see a manatee. But what else is there to do in this sleepy fishing town on Florida’s Nature Coast? Check out this definitive guide to everything Crystal River.
Finding Solace at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
On the first anniversary of my mother’s death, I ran away and sought solace among the sparkling Three Sisters Springs and Florida Manatees at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.
More Florida Spring Break Escapes for Families
Avoid the Spring Break crowds and check out some of wild Florida with these Spring Break Escape ideas for families (part 2)- insider Florida.