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ONE TANK ADVENTURES......ST AUGUSTINE
St Augustine is a beautiful city with many interesting places to visit; however, when you have seen all there is to see, then consider checking the State Parks " One Tank Advenures" for inspiration. This initiative is a Sate Parks scheme to persuade you to visit the parks nearest to you.
Tomoko State Park was once the home of the hunter/gathere Native Americans. There were rich pickings in areas such as these In the seventeen hundreds a British man had an indigo field here. You can rent a canoe at the park shop and meander down the rivers and creeks. Fishing is also good here with plentful trout, snook and tarpon. You will need a licence available from sports shops and large Walmarts. You may also apply on line. Check with the rangers to see how many fish you make take in a day.
Washington Oaks Garden Sate Park is in Palm Coast and sits nicely between Mantanza River and the Atlantic Ocean. Mainly known for its beautuful gardens you should also take in the seldom seen coquina rock formations on the shore line. The gardens were made by a Mr and Mrs Young who had their winter home here. They donated them to the state in 1965. The Youngs were related to George Washington and hence the name. There is an easy walking trail of a little over one and a half miles that is a contrast to the more formal gardens. This park provides a really varied day out for all the family.
How about tubing down a natural river? If you do fancy doing this, then head for Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunedin. Tubing is only available may to september but is a memorable day out. It takes 4 hours to complete and you can rent tubes near by. Other times of the year you can enjoy walking the trails or rent a canoe.
Now for history buffs(especially those interested in the American Civil War) I present you with Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park. This park is located in Jacksonville and is a lowish sandy ridge that looks over a floodplain. This area was the gateway to the eastern area in more troubled times and a fort was built. In 1882, the camp was occupied at various times by both the union and confederate troops. You can still see the remains of the fort here. There is no entrance fee to this park.
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