Traversing the State of Florida – Help us plan our stops.

*If you stopped by the site yesterday, you might have wondered what the map of Florida was doing on the site with no information and no post. That would be me and my stellar WordPress skills. Here is what that map is for!

We are getting ready to embark on our first big trip of the summer. We were invited to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea to explore this cute little town right above Ft. Lauderdale. When we were planning the trip, I mentioned to my husband that the Florida Keys weren’t all that much farther south and wouldn’t that be a fun addition to the trip? I have always wanted to visit the Keys and I think that it would be a shame to be so close and not be able to go.  We have added the Keys to the itinerary and removed them twice. The Keys are back in the itinerary and we have a hotel booked in Key West.

After we visit the Florida Keys, we are going to travel back north through the Everglades to Weeki Wachi Springs State Park where we will get to meet the famous mermaids (my  daughter is beyond excited!). From there we will return home.

Here is where I need your help. I have lived in Florida for 15 years and we have traveled much of it. That being said, most of that travel has been on the Gulf Coast and to central Florida. I have been to Miami twice, once for a brief conference in college and once to go on a cruise. Other than that, my knowledge of south Florida is limited. Also, I am pretty sure we haven’t been on I-95 (in Florida) for very long if at all.

Where should we stop? Is there anything that we absolutely should do while we are in any of these places? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

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    Not trying to increase traffic, but I’ve got my travel stuff re-organized here: You can find stuff on Jax and St Augustine. under tabs for I-95 and Florida. Of course, we’re not there anymore….

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      Thanks Erin! I appreciate the link…I will go check it out! Where are you guys now?

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    We’re at Fort Leavenworth while my husband attends the Army Staff College as a sort of inter-service exchange student. We’ll be out of here in another 6 months, it’s only a 12 month tour. Don’t know where we are going yet, though!

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    St. Augustine is beautiful and historic. We spent several days enroute to Orlando and would LOVE to go back. I’d recommend the National Park sites- Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas. My kids really enjoyed the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Flagler College is beautiful and was a great tour when we went. Of course, we had to allow time just to chill out on the beach too.
    A word of caution- St. Augustine had the biggest speed trap I have ever seen set up and we were easy targets since Ohio requires that we have front license plates. Everyone that got pulled over were from out of state and since we had just pulled onto the road, there is no way that we were going the rate of speed that they said we were. That was the most expensive ticket ever and my husband was so mad. That was our last day at St. Augustine- my husband decided the city had gotten enough of our money. 🙁 Too bad it didn’t actually go towards attractions.
    I’m looking forward to hearing about your trip. We’ll be in Florida this fall and I’m hoping to hit the Everglades this time around.

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    Not to be picky about the details, but you’ve actually lived in Florida almost 20 years … in the late 1970s (baby), mid-1980s (elementary school), then your re-location in 1996. 🙂

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    I love that your mom commented… my mom just lurks and checks my site about every 30 minutes for new pictures of her grandsons. 🙂

    We love the Tampa/St. Pete area. Lowry Park Zoo is fun, as is the FL Aquarium (both in Tampa). Fort De Soto is an AWESOME beach. Totally natural, no development and typically not crowded at all. Restaurant recs: Caddy’s on the Beach (just north of St. Pete), Bricks of Ybor in Ybor City (Tampa).