Best Places to Visit in Florida- nature and animal lover

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Florida is really, really big. Are you building your trip around the destination or are you already going to be In florida? If so, what part? The whole state is like 600 or 700 miles long so saying “somewhere in Florida” is really vague.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

californiabride2013: Florida… My home state!!! Are you going on vacation? Honeymoon? Business Trip? And where will you be in FL? Such a beautiful state to visit (& of course to live – But I might be biased). Miss it there (currently in PA – And winter is setting in here – Hard for a natural warm weather Bee, lol).

Below are some great places to check out in FL that has plenty of natural wildlife:

1.) Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Saint Petersburg, FL. 2.) Silver Springs State Park, Silver Springs, FL. 3. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo, FL. 4.) Lake Okeechobee (Great for Fishing – Especially Bass). 5.) The Florida Everglades. 6.) JN “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL. 

Thats just a few of many. I hope some other FL Bees can come in and give you some more suggestions on where to go in FL. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

californiabride2013:  weather in January varies. It can be in the 80’s in Miami/Lauderdale/the Keys and close to freezing in Jacksonville and parts north. Would take the better part of the day to drive from the bottom to the top of Florida. I’d suggest you pick 1-2 things most of interest to you and start there. A week will go by very fast if you’re spending it all on I-95.  If you like diving, snorkeling and getting close to marine life, head towards the Keys. If you want to see snakes, bears and gators then try the Everglades. If you really like jet-skiing and fishing then Tampa would be a good choice. But it’s such a lomg list that you really need a starting point of what you mean by animals and nature, and what activities you like.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

californiabride2013:  I am from Pompano Beach, FL (Broward County). The weather in January is typically very nice in most of FL… 70s for the highs (average) and 50s/60s for lows (average). But 80s is not unheard of in FL in Jan. Depends on many factors as you know (& where in FL – I believe the most northern parts are colder – But it doesn’t seem as though you’ll be up that way). But that’s why FL has snowbirds, the weather is beautiful during the colder months up north.

The Everglades is a beautiful part of South FL that has plenty of options for an Airboat Ride. I have done some in the past. I was at the Everglades Holiday Park (where the Gator Boys are from – Before they made it on TV). I went with a coupon from Groupon. Its a great experience to partake in since you’ll be on vacation. I-75 is the main drag that goes East to West through the Everglades that is popular to drive on. I suggest seeing the Everglades since you’ll be there… Who knows how long it’ll be around for…

As another Bee said previously, the Keys is a beautiful place. Maybe start in the Everglades and make your way down the Keys (Or vice versa Keys to Glades).

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  DumpTruck100.
Post # 7
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Bumble bee

White Oak is somewhere I am jonesing to go. It is well known in the zoological world.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Siesta key! St Augustine! Crystal lake has some awesome manatee trips.  Honeymoon island. The Everglades for air boat trips.  Definitely do a sunset dinner on the gulf.  

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