Lots of discussion was going on in my intro thread, so I was hoping to continue it here. We really enjoy camping at the state parks. They make it so easy to book, and it's great being able to see photos of not only the campground, but your actual site.
I'd be interested to hear about other's experiences. There are so many parks we want to visit.
Most of our camping is usually centered around kayaking. Particularly when we had our pop-up, it was such an ordeal to go camping that we had to have a "reason". Now with our new camper, it's such a breeze to set-up that we'll probably do more "just because" trips and explore more.
We would love to stay at Bahia Honda
(Keys), but it's always booked. One day, we'll get there. Instead for Fourth of July weekend, we'll be at Curry Hammock
. A little place near Marathon.
Also on our to do list is we're going to Florida Caverns
Here are some favorites we've stayed at so far...
Only about 15 minutes from our house in NE Tampa, we love this huge park. We have paddled much of the river, all the way from the springs down to the bay. But this park is great to stay at for a weekend. Besides kayaking the isolated river (which is so beautiful - no homes are built along it for many miles), the kids love the HUGE pool. My pup also enjoys exploring the many hiking trails with me. He just can't kayak with us since the river is tannic and inhabited by many gators
Many people go to Rainbow River just for the tubing, which is fantastic. But we also have taken our kayaks. The river is gorgeous, crystal clear. The campground is nice, although the pool has been "broken" for years. It was remodeled a couple of years ago, so many of the shade trees are gone but growing back. The layout of the campground makes it a great place for the kids to run around safely.
Downside is it's a bit of a trek from the campground to the river. You need a dolly for kayaks.