Nestled way down upon the Suwanee River, is Manatee Springs State Park, an oasis of old Florida first seen and named by the botanist explorer William Bartram in 1774. The spot is picturesque and is indeed a haven for the manatees seeking warm waters during chilly weather. Even so, the springs were named after the manatee because Bartram found a manatee carcass there when he first visited.
Today’s visitors don’t have that sad sight; indeed, they see the lush beauty of primeval Florida’s forests and springs, as well as the abundant wildlife that calls this part of Florida home.
For a taste of Old Florida that is beautiful, historical, and enjoyable, plan a trip to Silver Springs State Park at 1425 NE 58th Avenue in Ocala. The park has served as a natural landmark since the 1870s and is often called Florida’s first tourist attraction. Silver Springs boasts one of the few uninhabited spring runs in Florida. It first came to attention in the 1820s, and people came in increasing numbers once Phillip Morrell fitted a pane of glass to the bottom of his rowboat in 1870. Ever since Glass Bottom Boats have been attracting visitors from all over the world. The experience is mesmerizing, as one floats over the clear waters spotting underwater wildlife.
Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is a National Heritage Area in the U.S. state of Georgia that encompasses natural, cultural, and historical beauty in an environment that is fun to explore year round.
The mountain itself is part of the 2,550 acre DeKalb County park called the Davidson – Arabia Nature Preserve. The Preserve also includes other large formations of exposed granite, wetlands, pine and oak forests, multiple streams, and two lakes. Leashed dogs are welcome, too! As you begin to plan your visit, consider partaking in some of the following activities.
Situated on Point Lobos at the main entrance to the California Coastal Trail, Lands End Lookout is one of the newer attractions in San Francisco; so, if you are an old hand at the points to see, it may not be on your radar. It ought to be. Land’s End Lookout was created in 2012, on the ruins of the historic Sutro Baths, and it is part of the expansive Golden Gate National Park. In addition, Lands End Lookout offers wildlife viewing, picnicking, strolling, history, and other recreation activities.
Up and down the Atlantic Coastline are barrier islands which remind us of the wonders of that place where the sea meets the shore. Many of these barrier islands have become seaside vacation destinations, some of them so popular that not much remains of the native habitat. Not so much with Little Talbot Island State Park. Set aside to be preserved as it was in 1951, Florida’s Little Talbot Island is renowned as one of America’s undeveloped barrier islands.Therefore, you can visit and explore at your leisure the wonders that have existed there from time immemorial.
Situated in Orange City in Central Florida, Blue Spring State Park is a haven of beauty that evokes the “Old Florida” and its natural wonders. The park is famous for its eponymous Blue Spring, where 102 million gallons of water flow out of Blue Spring into the St. Johns River every day. It is also well-known for being a wintertime gathering place for the manatees. The manatees congregate at the 73 °F spring and the spring run when the temperature of the St John River system dips lower than is comfortable for them.
State parks are truly one of the unmentioned gems of America’s park system. While the National Parks attract millions of visitors each year and stun people with their size and beauty, there’s just as much that can be said about state parks.
After all, once the weather is nice, who doesn’t love spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and enjoying naturalist programs? You can find dozens of these in every state, but in this post, we want to highlight Mohican State Park.
Do you dream of white sand and sunshine? Gulf Islands National Seashore has you covered with recreation and relaxation opportunities for the whole family. Spanning the coast of Florida and Mississippi, millions of visitors are drawn to the islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the white sandy beaches and aquamarine waters. Whether you visit for a day or a week, there is plenty to do and see at Gulf Islands National Seashore.
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a Florida State Park on the St. Joseph Peninsula near Port St. Joe. You want to go to this state park because this is one of the best-unspoiled stretches of coastline in the state. Among the many wonderful beaches of Florida, this one offers unsurpassed beauty, peaceful solitude, gentle wildlife, and an environment in which to unwind, relax and recharge.
If it’s diverse scenery and idyllic recreational opportunities in the Northwest that you seek, then we have identified just the place for you. Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, one of the jewels of the Refuge System, is nestled near the foot of Mount Adams in Washington’s Cascades Range. While the scenery and abundant wildlife are what draw people at first glance, visitors soon discover more. Conboy Lake NWR offers hidden gems that will keep them returning for years!