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DAYTONA....ONE TANK ADVENTURES.
If you find yourself staying in Daytona then you will want to investigate the State Parks " One Tankfull Adventures"
There is a long list of parks to visit within the departments 100 mile limit and one of the most fascinating is the Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. Here you can see the remains of the ill fated Bulow family plantation and sugar mill which dates back to 1821. The Seminole war led to the virtual destruction of this plantation. There are also opportunites for canoeing here and the fishing is fabulous. You are allowed to take an eye popping 50 fish a day from the waters and will often see an alligator gliding by. This is one of the State Parks that operate an honesty system for the entrance fee. This means that it is rarely staffed and it is your responsibilty to pay the few dollars entrance fee.
If you are a " birder" then head to Faver Dykes State Park. Obviously the spring and autumn are the optimum times to visit for the migration but this park is interesting to go to at any time. This provides a peaceful day out surrounded by Floridas natural beauty. Lots of wildlife here so take a camera and binoculars with you.
Now it is time to consider a great island and I want to suggest Big Talbot Island State Park. This is a sea island with great photo opportunities. Do not miss Boneyard Beach where you can see the skeletons of oak and cedar trees that have been bleached and washed with sea water.
Bookworms will not want to miss the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park. Marjorie is the Pullitzer prize novelist who wrote Cross Creek and The Yearling (among others)Cross Creek was based on her life here and led to a bitter argument with one of her best local friends who was upset by Marjories portayal of her family. Here you can visit the cracker house where she actually wrote these fine works. Soak yourself in the atmosphere of a 1930s farming community. Guided tours are available.
For those interested in the Seminole wars then fit in a trip to Dade Battlefield State Park. This is where 108 soldiers were challenged by the Seminoles. 105 were killed. Re enactments of this battle are performed regularly. Consult the park to see if one is planned during your visit.
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