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Friday, December 11, 2015

Traveling Teddy Bear Tells Kids about Camping North Florida

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Kevin Camps the Florida Panhandle











Kevin Camps the Florida Panhandle
by Janet Groene


       Campers love the famous Emerald Coast beaches and dunes between Pensacola and Panama City Beach.  Enjoy campfire evenings and breezy days that are ideal for kite flying and other active sports. 


Camping Options
 
    Commercial campgrounds range from bare-bones trailer parks to destination resorts with golf, shuffleboard, heated swimming pools, planned activities, game rooms and full hook-ups for RV’s. Some have cabins or on-site RV rentals for those  who don’t have their own tents or  campers.  Campsites in commercial campgrounds are usually smaller and costlier than in state parks, but longer stays are permitted.


    Florida state parks in the Panhandle that offer camping (two week limit)  include Big Lagoon, Pensacola; Blackwater River (inland at Holt, Florida); Dr. Julian Bruce/St. George Island; Falling Waters (inland at Chipley FL); Florida Caverns (up-country at Marianna); Rocky Bayou at Niceville; Grayton Beach at Santa Rosa Beach; Henderson Beach State Park, Destin; Perdido Key, Pensacola; St. Andrews, Panama City; .H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port St. Joe; and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach.


Sightseeing   

 Panama City Beach is known for nonstop beach fun. Water parks  are closed until late April, but everything else is go-go going full blast.     
    Pensacola is the home of the world’s largest collection of naval warbirds. Kids love the
National Naval Aviation Museum. It’s the ideal place to spend a chilly day, but don’t miss the eye-popping outdoor displays too.  We learned a lot about American history in the city of Pensacola, which was actually settled by the Spanish before St. Augustine. See museums and historic homes.
    Spend long days at the sprawling Gulf Shores National Seashore. See  Fort Pickens and, if time allows. Fort Barrancas. Brick forts built before the Civil War, they have a fascinating history from the Indian Wars era into World War II..  Gulf shores here are a bonanza for bird watchers during fall and early spring migrations.
    For more information: Florida State Parks, floridastateparks.org.

See Janet Groene’s recipes for camping and RV travel at CampAndRVCook. Her recipes for healthy, homemade trail mix and snacks are found at CreateAGorp.

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