Northeast Florida

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.)

Sugar mill at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park in Flagler County.

Bulow Plantation Ruins: 5 minutes off I-95 for romantic ruins, picnic & walk

When driving I-95, you can travel five minutes off the highway and find romantic ruins, have a picnic and a walk through the woods in this Flagler County state park. In minutes, you feel like you’re in another world.

Lake George State Forest.

Quiet time: Escape to lonely Lake George State Forest

There’s not much going on in Lake George State Forest, making it an ideal getaway for a few days of solitude along the St. John’s River.

Best “Natural” Camping Near Daytona Beach

Best “Natural” Camping Near Daytona Beach

RV and tent campers have many options when it comes to camping near Daytona Beach, but we prefer campgrounds in a “natural” setting. Here’s a rundown on our favorites…

Ocala National Forest

Biketoberfest: 5-plus cool, country rides near Daytona

Bikers from around the country converge on Daytona Beach each year for Bike Week and Biketoberfest. Here’s a rundown on the best rides through the authentic Florida near Daytona.

Kingsley Plantation: Fascinating tale of slavery could only happen in Florida

Kingsley Plantation: Fascinating tale of slavery could only happen in Florida

Kingsley Plantation, part of a little known national park near Jacksonville, is a beautiful site that tells stories of slaves and slave holders that may surprise you.

The National Park Service has recreated Fort Caroline at a third scale on the St. Johns River.

Timucuan Preserve: The Florida national park you’ve never heard of

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is 46,000 acres of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks, but this national park also preserves fascinating Florida history.