Northeast Florida

Camping and things to do near Daytona Beach

Camping and things to do near Daytona Beach

Racing is an authentic Florida tradition proudly worn in Daytona, where motor cars first coursed the hard-packed sand of its beaches during the 1930s. Enjoy our comprehensive guide to camping and things to do near Daytona.

Jacksonville-Baldwin Bike Trail

Jacksonville-Baldwin Bike Trail: A shady rural ride with a Civil War site on the side

One of the best Florida bike trails – the Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail – is a well-shaded rural trail that makes a stop at a rare-for-Florida Civil War site.

The spectacular beach, dunes and pier near St. Augustine. (Courtesy FloridaHistoricCoast.com)

St. Augustine: Ideal for nature and history lovers

Today, in 1565, Spanish settlers stepped off a tall sailing ship onto the coast of Florida to found St. Augustine. In celebration of its 450th birthday, it’s time to re-visit the Oldest City and learn more about it charming historic district and beautiful natural areas. Happy Birthday, St. Augustine!

The oldest street in St. Augustine is Aviles Street, and it is paved with bricks, not cobblestones.

Five cool things we discovered in St. Augustine

St. Augustine is celebrating the 450th anniversary of its founding this year. Here are five cool things I was surprised to discover about America’s oldest city — from the story of a fiery pepper to a tasty locally made gin.

Camping at Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area

Beachfront state park expands campground

FLAGLER BEACH — Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area was already an oceanfront jewel with 34 campsites for tents or RVs behind the dunes. They have now added an additional 34 sites, including four set aside for tents, on the other side of the park along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Best RV and tent camping along I-95 in Northeast Florida

Best RV and tent camping along I-95 in Northeast Florida

Whether your coming or going, heading northbound or southbound, these state parks near I-95 in Northeast Florida are worthy of a layover for a couple of nights. Kayaking, hiking and pristine beaches in preserved natural habitats await you.

St. Augustine Pirate Museum: Fun for history lovers and kids

St. Augustine Pirate Museum: Fun for history lovers and kids

With rare and authentic artifacts, this is a real museum not a tourist trap. But it injects of dose of Disney with interactive exhibits to make it fun for kids.

Photographers love the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. (Photo by Snowmanradio via Wikipedia.)

St. Augustine Alligator Farm: Superb bird rookery at historic attraction

This original Florida roadside attraction still thrills, especially in the spring and early summer when its rookery fills with hundreds of nesting birds. The gators and crocs are well-presented with lots of information as well as entertainment.

The Suwanee River will reward you with tranquility and beauty

Suwanee River: Skip the song; but go for kayaking & camping

If you think all there is to the Suwanee River is an old song with problematic lyrics, you’re missing out on one of Florida’s greatest kayaking, canoeing and camping rivers.

I do not think it is a coincidence that the Stephen Foster Museum at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park looks like a class Southern plantation.

Stephen Foster State Park: Glorious river; great cabins, odd old museum

This state park has superior cabins and is a great base for kayaking the Suwanee and hiking. It’s also home to an oddly dated museum on Stephen Foster. (We considered it a funky Florida find.)