Tent camping in the Keys took a big hit when Hurricane Irma destroyed two state park campgrounds, but there are still a few places where you can drive a tent stake in the ground.
Severe damage from hurricanes in 2017 (Irma) and 2018 (Michael) are still impacting a handful of Florida state parks. Early predictions point to a lower threat this year, but it only takes one.
Amateur astronomers love this place in the heart of Florida’s cow country. With 54,000 acres of wide-open prairie 25 miles from the nearest town, light pollution does not exist, making the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve one of a few destinations in Florida for stargazing under a pure night sky. The campground set aside for astronomers is known as “the red light district.”
Lake Louisa State Park is a half hour from theme parks, but is a natural world with 20 miles of hiking trails and great cabins. Located on the east end of the vast Green Swamp, you’ll find wildlife, old citrus groves, hills, cypress swamps and forests.
Kelly Park is best known for popular Rock Springs Run, but this fabulous Orange County park also has one of the nicest campgrounds anywhere. Now’s the time to go, before the summer crush and long lines.