Northeast Florida

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.

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.)

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.