Sandy beaches, rays of sunshine, floppy hats and fun times. It’s summer in Florida, ya’ll! While summer in Florida looks great on a postcard, it comes with some serious side effects. As natives, we’re going to let you in on the 5 things you’ll need to survive summer here like a local. Ready?
Florida is known for its hot days, but did you also know about the cool waters? We’re going to let you in on 5 of Florida’s most awe-inspiring natural springs. Although our summer days can top 100 degrees, the springs sparkling clear water stays right around 72, so you’ll be cooled off in no time. Now for the list:
1. Mermaid in the Shade
At Weeki Wachee River, the spring isn’t the only thing that keeps people coming back. A real life mermaid show has been delighting guests since 1947. You can catch the show 365 days a year, and in the summer months you’ll love Buccaneer Bay.
It’s a thrilling attraction with water slides, and a sandy beach that’s perfect for a tan. Want more action? Grab a kayak and head down the river, one of the most scenic paddling trips in the state! Whatever happens, you’re sure to have good Florida fun at Weeki Wachee.
2. Lu Goes There?
Who loves springs more than hot summer sunbathers? Manatees of course! At Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, you’re in the heart of manatee country. But, don’t forget to give a little love to Lu the Hippo. Who’s that? We’re glad you asked!
He’s just you’re average famous hippo, except of course that he was granted special Florida citizenship in 1991 by Gov. Lawton Chiles. While you’re there, stop by Crystal River’s Three Sisters Spring, one of the most amazing sites in the state! If you love manatees, then winter is a great time to go, because there’s tons of them. Grab a paddle board and become one with the sea cows!
3. The Black Lagoon
While there might be no Creature from the Black Lagoon here, you just might remember this place from an old movie. Just 15 outside of Florida’s capital, Wakulla Springs State Park is the deepest freshwater spring in the world! The springs aren’t just famous for one movie, they are a popular location for many Hollywood Classics. While you’re there, be sure to hop on the famous river cruise.
4. The Rocks & Ramblers
Located in beautiful Orange County, this spring is a refreshing experience for the whole family. At the springs head, cool water spills in at a rate of 26,000 gallons per minute. Choose to wade or tube in the clear waters of the stunning Rock Spring Run. Rent tubes or bring your own, plus you can stay overnight and enjoy the springs for a few days.
The springs also run for 8 miles through Rock Spring Run State Preserve and Wekiwa Springs State Park. You can access these waters through Kings Landing, a private company, where you can rent canoes and kayaks to paddle the length of the river. Get ready for some fun in the sun!
Making a list and checking it twice isn’t just for Santa. Before you hit the open road, grab your favorite Type A personality and tell them you need a list, rest assured it will get done. But before they get started, refer them to this article for the Do’s and Don’ts of making RV camping checklists. They’ll follow this, trust us.
- MAKE YOUR LIST EARLY. If you wait until the day before your trip, your list is going to feel mighty difficult. You’ll probably also forgot important things like a swimsuit or raincoat (both important for Florida summers). If you enlist the help of your Type A personality, they’ll probably start 2-3 months before your trip.
- USE FREE LISTS TO HELP. To start, download a few free checklists. They’ll give you a starting point and some basics that most RV trips need. You can always add things or take things away based on your own personal desires.
- HAVE EACH PERSON CREATE A LIST. Let everyone going on your trip create a list of things they think you’ll need or things they need personally. For example, if someone in your family wears contacts, they’ll need to remember their case and solution. You can then add everyone’s suggestions and personal needs to your master list.
- CHECK FINISHED ITEMS OFF ASAP. When you finish something, check it off. Not only will it make you feel accomplished, you’ll stay organized. Don’t think you’ll remember what you’ve done so far. Every time you check something off, consider giving yourself a small treat. It will help.
- RELY TOO MUCH ON FREE LISTS. Okay, we did mention getting free lists, but only as a starting point. Although they can be helpful, most lists are extremely general and will not list all the items you’ll need. Use them only as a helper!
- DON’T IGNORE THE LIST. How many times do you create a list and lose it or not use it. Yeah, don’t do that. If you spend the time creating the list, keep your Type A personality friend around until it’s completed. Heck, maybe offer to take the on the trip for all their hard work!
- BE A LIST STICKLER. Before you leave, look over your list and make sure everything is checked off. Get together with everyone and make sure there wasn’t anything you missed on the list. Remember, lists are helpful but not perfect for remembering everything.
We hope you enjoyed this list and are ready to start creating! Happy Travels.
Yes, we did say clean and vacation in the same sentence? Don’t run away just yet. We have some awesome tips to help you keep your RV clean while you vacation. It’s true, no one likes to clean, but with such limited space in an RV it’s important to keep things organized. So grab your dust pans and get ready for our 5 tips.
GUEST POST: Maggie & Woody Stalhut, Sandhill Shores
This is a guest post from one of our communities, Sandhill Shores, located in beautiful Fort Pierce Florida. Two years ago, the community introduced RV spots and the experience has changed the community. Find out how!
My Husband & I live in SANDHILL SHORES MANUFACTURED HOME & RV RESORT, located at 3200 S US 1, in FT PIERCE FL 34982. We’ve lived here for 10 Years, and We are FAMILY, not just Friends & Neighbors.
We Laugh, Love, Share Our Joys, Pain, and Grief, like FAMILY. We are very involved, in the Community around Us, and raise money for Local Charities. Our National Night Out, has been the largest, Independent Event, in Our Area, for 4 Years.
This has been Our 2nd Season with RV’s, and it’s been an AWESOME experience! The only thing that’s changed, is that Our Family has Grown, and having more fun. They say that they’ve never felt this Welcome, at any other RV Resorts. They help us cook, clean, and share in EVERYTHING, just as Family does.
Recently, I organized a FLASH MOB EVENT, with Residents & RVers coming Together, to do ‘The Wobble’, at 9 AM, during Coffee & Donuts. What a BLAST! This past Saturday, Management sponsored an ‘end of Season LUAU’, with close to 150, in attendance. We had a TERRIFIC time, and so did Our Entertainers.
Two (2) of Our RV’s were leaving, early Sunday; and, as We stood hugging, and saying ‘Goodbye’, One of the Women began to cry, and said that She didn’t want to leave. This is now their Home, as well as ours; we wouldn’t have it any other way.
We are BLESSED with such a GREAT place to live, and MORE BLESSED, to have Our on-site Managers, Jim & Gayle Blandford, watching over Us. We tease them, that We’re still ‘breaking Them in’, to get used to ‘Us Old Folks’. When They go on Vacation, We surprise them, with Rubber Ducks, in the Pool, and a Poem about them ‘coming to play’, while ‘Mom & Dad’ are away.
I have 2 things I Love to say: 1) ‘We are at SANDHILL SHORES, in Sunny FT PIERCE FL, where We are living Retirement as it should be’; and, 2) ‘We are SANDHILL SHORES STRONG.’
With Our ‘Family Addition’, of RVers, We are STRONGER than ever, and have gained UNBREAKABLE BONDS, from all over the United /states, and Canada.
There’s no way, that this blog does justice, to Our Community. You’ll just have to come, & see for Yourself, what ‘SANDHILL SHORES STRONG’, is all about.