Friday, March 2, 2012
florida travel guide: places to see (part 2).
> The Junk Lady. One of our favorite places to visit on a lazy weekend, the Junk Lady is full of hidden gems and eccentricities. A really great place to take photos, too. (More junk here and here.)
> Micanopy. A lovely little town scattered with antique and trinket shops. The pace there is slow, sweet, and relaxed and I think it's quite special!
> St. Augustine. This town has turned into much more of a tourist attraction than it was just 10 years ago, but I personally think it's still worth a visit. Many of the attractions have a fee, but the fort and the schoolhouse are both pretty cool (you could probably do with just seeing inside one of those). People also seem to really love the ghost tours, which might be awesome if that's your kind of thing.
> Paynes Prairie State Park. A beautiful state park with camping arrangements, Paynes Prairie is a snapshot into Florida's original beauty. With walking and biking trails laced throughout the expansive park, Paynes Prairie is a lovely way to spend a day (or weekend).
> Ichetucknee Springs. A perfect spring for tubing down on a hot, summer's day. Quintessential Florida and so much beauty to behold.
> Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home. I went here once, awhile ago, but this recommended by family members as a sweet stop for some true Florida history.
> Winter Park. This is really straddling Central and Northern Florida, so I wasn't sure where to put it, but Winter Park is a lovely little town with lots of charm and spunk. Lots of sweet spots for shopping and a beautiful college campus to boot!
> Mount Dora. Another sweet little town for some Florida lovin'. (Can you tell I'm getting tired/running out of descriptions?)
> Captiva Island. A fun, beachy retreat with a really fun restaurant (The Bubble Room), incredible shell-finding opportunities, and true coastal beauty.
> Sanibel Island. Another fun location for those who are beach-minded. Fun and relaxed, Sanibel is another Florida gem.