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Old 03-06-2015, 11:53 AM   #31
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Make sure you go to the carribean Club in Key Largo (mile maker 104). It is a hoot.
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Old 03-06-2015, 04:07 PM   #32
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First we're going to Wekiwa State Park and stay for about a week and we will take a day or two to visit Daytona where my husband has already booked a Petty Driving Experience, LOL! That's not for me, but hey, opposites attract!
Wekiwa is a small but very popular park, and it can be a lot of fun if you time your activities carefully. You can canoe, hike, birdwatch, or just relax (as long as you're not too close to the spring where people swim, loudly, for most of the year.) On the spring run, keep an eye out for the other people in canoes - it's super popular with those who have no idea how to pilot a canoe and collisions are not at all uncommon .

Take your canoe cart if you have one as it's a long carry to the put-in from the campground (unless you drop off your boat first and then park - go early if this is your plan or you will have problems finding a place to park.) Camping in the park will get you an early start, which I strongly suggest if you want to see wildlife and avoid crowds. The temperature will also be more comfortable early in the morning than after 10am or so.

I also would suggest that you also consider driving over to Deleon Springs State Park (not much of a drive from Wekiwa) for their pancake breakfast. You make it yourself using an electric griddle that's built into the table and the restaurant is in an historic sugar mill. Go early though, it fills up fast and is less fun when crowded. We used to go early in the morning, eat, and then hike the trail and always had a great time. Also nearby is Blue Springs State Park, at which you can see (and swim near, but not with) manatees when the temperatures get cooler and you can easily hit both parks in one day if you feel like it.

Have a great trip!

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Old 03-06-2015, 05:39 PM   #33
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Wekiwa is a small but very popular park, and it can be a lot of fun if you time your activities carefully. You can canoe, hike, birdwatch, or just relax (as long as you're not too close to the spring where people swim, loudly, for most of the year.) On the spring run, keep an eye out for the other people in canoes - it's super popular with those who have no idea how to pilot a canoe and collisions are not at all uncommon .

Take your canoe cart if you have one as it's a long carry to the put-in from the campground (unless you drop off your boat first and then park - go early if this is your plan or you will have problems finding a place to park.) Camping in the park will get you an early start, which I strongly suggest if you want to see wildlife and avoid crowds. The temperature will also be more comfortable early in the morning than after 10am or so.

I also would suggest that you also consider driving over to Deleon Springs State Park (not much of a drive from Wekiwa) for their pancake breakfast. You make it yourself using an electric griddle that's built into the table and the restaurant is in an historic sugar mill. Go early though, it fills up fast and is less fun when crowded. We used to go early in the morning, eat, and then hike the trail and always had a great time. Also nearby is Blue Springs State Park, at which you can see (and swim near, but not with) manatees when the temperatures get cooler and you can easily hit both parks in one day if you feel like it.

Have a great trip!

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Thank you for the recommendations We will be camping at Wekiwa Springs State Park for 5 days and plan to hike, canoe and tube!

I would LOVE to see manatees but just not too sure they'll be around when we are there the 2nd week of September, after labor day. Either way, I am sure there will be plenty to enjoy

Btw, I love pancakes too, so I'm adding that to the list of things to do!
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:58 PM   #34
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If you want some cheap entertainment, go feed the tarpon (somewhere around mile marker 77).
It's at Robbie's marina on Islamorada and it is a lot of fun.
Check out the video
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It's at Robbie's marina on Islamorada and it is a lot of fun.
Check out the video

LOL! My husband would be like, "I don't want to feed the tarpon, I want to catch them!" The first full day we're in Key Largo, he has already planned a charter, sans moi (b/c it's on a small skiff boat and I'm NOT doing that for a full day), and the last full day we're there, he has booked another charter, but this time with me b/c it's on a larger boat will full facilities! He LOVES fishing

However, we will still have a day or so to plan a snorkeling tour and do some other fun things around town so I appreciate all the feedback, it's so nice to get recommendations over trying to figure it out on your own
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