Post Tagged with: "Old Florida"

Ormond Scenic Lopp. Photo by Bonnie Gross

Backroads & scenic drives in Florida: Finding unspoiled beauty beyond the beaches

No mountains. Few curves. But Florida has plenty of scenery and a handful of roads that take you through unspoiled natural beauty and picturesque historic sites.

Withlacoochee State Trail: Smooth and scenic

Withlacoochee Trail: This might be Florida’s best bike trail

This 46-mile paved Central Florida rail trail is a smooth, safe ride. But what makes it special is the scenery, parks & towns to explore along the way.

Goodrich's Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Oak Hill: Outpost on Mosquito Lagoon for history, classic seafood shack

Driving U.S. 1 north of Titusville, you would never know Oak Hill even existed. But this gateway to the Mosquito Lagoon is worth finding. There’s fascinating history, a great fishing pier and the sort of atmospheric, out-of-the-way waterfront seafood shack that we love to discover.

A statue in front of the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Highland Hammocks State Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

The CCC in Florida State Parks: History you can touch from a simpler time

As you travel Florida and explore its award-winning state parks, take special note of buildings, trails and amenities we enjoy because of work by the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps. You can learn more at Highland Hammocks State Park, which has a museum about the CCC in Florida.

Roll out the oysters and crabs for Florida’s oldest seafood festival Nov. 3-4, 2017

Roll out the oysters and crabs for Florida’s oldest seafood festival Nov. 3-4, 2017

Apalachicola celebrates its local seafood industry, and oysters take center stage (along with country music star Rodney Atkins)

Kayaking behind Dock Street on Cedar Key. Photo by Kellie Parkin.

Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Oct. 20-21, 2018

Seafood festivals are common in Florida, but Cedar Key Seafood Festival is uncommonly appealing. Not only is Cedar Key historic and charming, it’s also clam capital of America.

This is Old Florida: Oak trees in Micanopy.

Nine ways ways to find the real Florida — 15 minutes off I-75

You don’t have to drive hours off the interstate to find Florida’s natural beauty and funky history. You can find treasures within 10 minutes of these I-75 exits.

The most scenic section of the Big Bend Coastal Byway is the 40-mile stretch between Bald Point State Park and Apalachicola where the road hugs the coastline. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Big Bend Scenic Byway: A less-visited part of Florida

The Big Bend Scenic Byway links a big national wildlife refuge, three state parks, three historic lighthouses, one of the best beach islands in Florida and picturesque fishing towns. It winds through an area that sees fewer tourists, and offers rustic Old Florida delights at every turn–from black bears to white squirrels.