Florida offers much more than the highly publicized theme parks. Often our visitors and residents are not acquainted with the "old Florida" still present today.
Many areas of Florida provide for nominal entrance fees or free use of the facility. We have an abundance of state parks, annual festivals centering around many facets of Florida as well as battle re-enachments to give you the flavor of our historic past. Some "towns" have been reconstructed and native crafts are done while you watch. Really gives you a chance to see how it used to be.
If you could, would you go back in time to the days of the Pioneers of Florida? That is a dream you can realize even today.
Many of the old railroad beds have been purchased and are maintained as hiking and biking trails. You can take a short hike or spend as much time and energy as you have exploring the backwoods of our beautiful state. Many of the trails are accessed close to our state highways. The Florida Trail Association gives you a view of the area you are going to be roaming in. At least one skirts a bombing range so be sure to acquaint yourself with the trail and stay in the designated areas. For a list of trails be sure to click on the dropdown menu "The Trail".
Now the dream of Jim Kern in the 1960's of a 500 mile trek has become a 1,500 mile National Scenic Trail. Floridians help maintain the various trails through the state. Anyone can do something towards the upkeep.
Our veterans, Sons of the American Revolution and Civil War
enthusiasts provide a first hand look at the way our battles were
fought. Commemerative services are held each year around
the state with markers erected in memory of
veterans in various cemeteries. Florida Reenactors Online provides a list of their activities for the year.
|Florida's climate lends itself to year round activities - some need warmer weather than others in different parts of the state. Many of these parks are on sites of historical interest. Some are just for the fun of it. You can commune with nature, swim in the cold water of the many springs or ocean, boat, canoe, hike, sail, arrange a family get together under covered pavilions, sit under the trees and read a book. This is another way to see Florida in its more pristine past. Not all are in the interior of the state, some are on our coasts as well.|