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17980 Palm Beach Blvd, Alva, FL 33920
So we've been thinking about this one for a long time, and we finally made it out here. It's not too far from the W.P. Franklin Locks or Manatee Park, so swing out to check this place out if you're in that area.
It's one of the largest public parks with hiking trails in the area, with easily 5 miles of trails. The grounds are well-kept and there is a lot to see!
We went in the dry season, so the bugs weren't bad and it wasn't muddy. If you go at the right time of day, you practically have the whole place to yourself!
This is definitely some Florida nature!
7000 GA-53, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Like hiking? Like secluded places to splash around in the summer? Like fly fishing? I think this is the place for you.
Near Dawsonville, Georgia, this local spot is a great place to stretch you legs and get fresh air. We visited in the fall, but it's probably awesome in the spring or for cooling off in the summer. The rapids were fun to check out, and they have a boat launch!
Go check this one out!
18672 FL-31, Alva, FL 33920
This place has farm animals, tractor rides (seasonally), fresh produce, vendors, a farmer's market, and a whole lot more! It's a great place for school field trips, family outings, and just getting out of the house for a few minutes.
Get out there, get some fresh air, and see what you can find!
16554 North Cleveland Avenue US 41, North Fort Myers, FL 33903
This one has a little of everything:
Check out their discounts and groupon deals, and get the whole family over there! Our favorite part was the nature park, because our kids love animals. They have a lot of colorful birds and interesting animals that you might not even see at larger zoos!
9800 17th Ave NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
Love gardens, flowers, and agriculture? Palma Sola Botanical Park is the place for you! It's a free trip in Bradenton, Florida, near Tampa and St. Pete. It's a great place to take some pictures, bird watch, and check out fruit trees or flowers.
This one is definitely worth the visit!
HWY 64 near Cashiers and Highlands N.C.
Love waterfalls? I've never seen so many in such a small area! It seems like every few bends in the road you can find one. The windy roads in this area of N.C. zigzag along rivers, so you're never far from rapids, rivers to play or fish in, or waterfalls to visit.
We visited half a dozen in just a two days, without having to hike more than a couple minutes to see them. Get there early, avoid crowds or parking issues, and enjoy nature for free!
418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Ready for one of the tallest waterfalls in the Eastern US? It's in northern Georgia!
With a lot of different hiking trails for any fitness level, including an ADA path right up to the waterfalls for Americans with Disabilities, this is one of the prettiest, nicest waterfalls I've ever been to!
With fresh air, wildlife, and a lot of roaring water around you, it's a very nice place to be on a summer day... or any season of the year!
950 Old Sugar Mill Rd, Port Orange, FL 32129
Like free places? Like gardens? Like dinosaurs? Where can you get all of those in one place?
Head out to Port Orange, Florida, in the Daytona Beach area and visit Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens.
It's part historical field trip, part botanical gardens, and part art walk for kids! Visit the dinosaur statues, check out the gnome home, and take in the fresh air and scenery!
Are you ready to go yet?
10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Like nature, walking, animal sightings, and kayaking? I think we've found the place for you. Just off of Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers, there's a nice little park with all of that stuff! It's Manatee Park.
In the colder months you can see manatees. The rest of the year, you can still see wildlife, learn about animals, talk to guides, take a kayak or canoe ride, and more! Even better, other than a minimal parking fee, it's pretty much free!
This is one you're going to want to visit for sure!
3700 Lee Blvd, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971
Heading through Lehigh Acres, you've probably seen this little park, but you've probably never stopped. Do you need a few minutes to decompress after work, or a quiet place to eat lunch? Check out this little park. It has a short boardwalk and peaceful marsh grasses and flowers. It doesn't have a lot of amenities, but it's worth stopping by every now and then.
My daughters love to run the boardwalk, and it really doesn't take long to look, get a breath of fresh air, and then get back in your car. It's usually empty, or there might be 1-2 other cars.
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Learn about all sorts of cool places to visit alone or with your family. We look for inexpensive but fun places to visit. Being an educational spot is always a plus!