The Greatest Road Trip USA? - Our Round USA Road Tour.
The State of Florida, USA
Part of a year long trip from Sept ’94 - Sept ’95 through 36 USA States and 2 Canadian Provinces by Jean and Graham Beven in ‘Serendipity’ their 30 foot Winnebago Chieftain.
Florida - Round Trip USA
We were 21 days in the state of Florida, USA as there was plenty on our must see list of places to visit Disneyland, Florida - Sea World, Florida and more.
There are 16 National Wildlife Refuges, 10 National Parks and some State Parks in the state of Florida.
The State Tourist Office for the state of Florida, USA is: Florida Division of Tourism - 126 Van Buren St. Tallahassee. FL 32399-2000
28th October 1994 Crossed the border from Georgia into the state of Florida.
29th Daytona Beach - Not a very warm day and a bit of a wind blowing off the sea. No vehicles cruising the beach today.
30th What did we do? No Idea! No notes no nothing!
31st - Sea World, Florida - Started out early - The park opened at 9 and we were there until 7 in the evening! Couldn't get enough of it! Fascinated by the Manatees, Enjoyed 'The Terrors of the Deep', The Tropical Reef was amazing. The show with the dolphins and whales was terrific - Can highly recommend Sea World, Florida.
1st November 1995 Epcot - Experienced the rest of the world! Part of Disneyland, Florida. Going through Future World, did a clockwise trip through Mexico on El Rio del Tiempo, Norway - To The Ends of the Earth!, Took a 360 degree look at China, Germany, Italy, American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France across the 'channel' to UK and Canada.
2nd Rested (Had to - we were beat!) and sunbathed.
3rd Magic Kingdom! Disneyland, Florida. Got our day planner to help us get everything in! Main Street, Legend of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain, Liberty Riverboat, Walt Disney Railroad, Mickey Mania Parade, 'Disneymania' Revue, and loads more! What a day!
4th Rest day – worn out - didn’t know that having fun could be so tiring in Disneyland, Florida!
5th Back to the coast. Pompano Beach, Florida - one of the few paces on the coast - close to the beach where we could find free day parking for our 30 foot motorhome.
6th - Cape Canaveral, Florida - Kennedy Space Centre.
Florida may justly be renowned for its theme parks but for a taste of real excitement it's hard to beat a visit to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just a few miles east of Orlando. Not only is it to be the permanent home of the retired Atlantis, one of the three orbiters in the space shuttle fleet, but there are also a number of new tours giving access to parts of the complex never seen before.
NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Awarded Space Shuttle Atlantis -
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has been selected to permanently display space shuttle Atlantis upon retirement of the Space Shuttle Programme. Atlantis, one of three orbiters in the space shuttle fleet, flew its last mission July 8, 2011.
The Kennedy Space Center should be on everyone's list of Florida must visits!
We both enjoyed a full day of spacey stuff. Lots of interesting exhibits and interactive equipment, skill tests and demonstrations. Graham walked on the moon. We both had a ride on a 'moon buggy'.
7th Miami - Big and brash - nowhere to park a 30' motor home for free! We didn't like it much - but we didn't see a lot of it!
8th - 9th Florida Keys. To Key West and back, 'Just to see the sunset'. Driving over some of the most amazing bridges. Stopping to swim in the Atlantic / Caribbean one minute and the Gulf of Mexico the next! The sunset was worth the drive - stood on top of the motor home outside Sunset Park - The park closed before sunset! If you can believe that!
10th Entered the Everglades, Spent the best part of the day at The Everglades Alligator Farm, 192nd Ave, Homestead, Florida City, FL 33034 and saw the life cycle of the Florida alligator. We saw hundreds of alligators - from baby hatchlings to huge adult specimens. We visited their conservation and breeding area to see life cycle of the alligator and also saw a native snake exhibit and other animals. We also took a trip out onto the Everglades in an 'Airboat'. The 'pilot' was a really great guy - showed us wild snapping turtles, catfish and alligators. With a grand finale 'flight' through the swamps! There was an alligator 'wrestling' show followed by a snake show. There were opportunities to handle some of the creatures. Picture of baby alligator with Jean - Jean is the one on the left! We would recommend a visit.
Crossed the everglades - only just managed it on a full tank and two jerry cans! Was not going to fill up at the half way point as petrol there was double the price anywhere else.
Camped in Sarasota.
11th from Sarasota to Tampa. Spent 5 hours at Camping World, Tampa, FL. 2 New front tyres, a new battery and a service on the ‘Suburban’ central heating system (which hasn’t worked properly since!) Travelled on to Hudson FL. Post office found it closed for Veterans Day so stayed over in a really picturesque, Episcopal Church car park, Needs must! A very quiet night.
12th - The Post office opened at 8.30am and we were the first customers. Traveled from Hudson to Homossassa to Natures Resort an RPI Resort (4$) Graham did some fishing! Running repairs and being as we had full hook up – flushed the water and sewer system through and cleaned through the motor home.
13th November. From Homossassa to Panama City. Camped and spent! at Wal-Mart, Panama City.
14th Spent all day fishing in St Andrews State Park.
Didn’t catch a thing! Camped at Pride Resort C to C RPI, only one night offered as they were running a quota system? Whatever that meant! They had plenty of spaces vacant.
15th Spent another morning fishing in St Andrews State Park. Jean caught her first fish ever! We swam and sunbathed ‘till sunset and moved out of the park to go to Ocean Park Resort where we had booked in for two nights. As we were leaving the park we saw three deer quietly grazing. We stayed a while watching them from about 10 meters away.
16th Ocean Park Resort was on the side of an inlet. Graham was crabbing and caught 8, Jean fished and only caught ‘junk’ fish. Walked to the beach after lunch – Skies went overcast – we couldn`t enhance our tans. Warm and humid. In the evening Graham cooked the crabs for dinner. mmmmm… Jean did the laundry ready for off the next day!
We didn`t leave the resort till 12 noon, 17th and went straight to the nearest beach with public parking! Had lunch, went for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico and sunbathed for another couple of hours. Left Florida, USA on Interstate-10 and headed into Alabama. Leaving behind some great memories - especially Disneyland Florida.
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