Disney and More
Orlando to the Florida “Pan Handle” and back.
Instead of Florida top to bottom, head west and explore the uncrowded beaches and beauty of the other Florida. The route takes you almost into Alabama and visits the State Capital, Tallahassee before bringing you back to Walt Disney World.
Collect your Motor Home from Cruise America in Kissimmee and get on your way. Just a short drive brings you to Homosassa Springs and Nature Resort – where the manatee play. The secluded 97 riverfront acres are a motorhomer’s dream and the constant 72F temperature of the freshwater springs is an attractive home for manatee and other wildlife.
✪ 90 miles to Homosassa
★ Visit Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park www.naturesresortfla.com
Head north on Route 19 and the KOA in Perry is a convenient stopping point before turning left and heading west towards Alabama.
A great solar heated pool is open year-round and the beach is only 15 minutes away.
✪ 120 miles to Perry
★ Visit Forest Capital State Park www.koa.com/where/fl/09331
Heading for the St Andrews State Recreation Area in Panama City Beach. Well known for its sugar white sands and emerald green waters, this former military reservation has over one-and-a-half miles of glorious beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and canoeing.
✪ 180 miles to St Andrew’s State Recreation Park in Panama City Beach
★ Visit the Museum of Man inthe Sea and, if you like country music, Ocean Oprey www.floridastateparks.org/standrews/default.cfm
Today you are heading to Florida’s border with the State of Alabama. Almost falling off the edgeof Florida is the Playa Delrio RV Park and Yacht Club on Perdido Key. Sounds – and looks – like fun!
✪ 120 miles to Perdido Key
★ Visit Pensacola, America’s oldest settlement, or explore more of the Gulf Islands National Seashore www.playadelrio.com
Turning east, you’re heading for Florida’s State Capital, Tallahassee today. We suggest you let Interstate 10 eat up the miles so that you have plenty of time to explore. The Tallahassee RV Park is located in the rolling hills of Tallahassee, Florida’s Capital City, and only minutes from Florida State University, the State Capital, and numerous athletic events, quaint shops and regional malls.
✪ 225 miles to Tallahassee
★ Visit everything you’d expect in a capital city www.tallahasseervpark.com
This tour is all about introducing the places in Florida that are off the normal tourist track – and did you ever hear of Micanopy, Florida? Today head east on Interstate 10, then South on Interstate 75 and just south of Gainesville, west of Orange Lake is Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically, and historically unique. This park became Florida ́s first state preserve and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Located on U.S. 441, 10 miles south of Gainesville.
✪ 150 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
★ Visit Micanopy www.floridastateparks.org/paynesprairie/default.cfm
(and if you want day 9 and 10!!) After all this natural wonder maybe it’s time to head for all the man made wonders of Walt Disney World and so much more in Orlando. There is only one place to stay – Fort Wilderness Campground. Do be sure to book in advance though.
✪ 105 miles to Walt Disney World
★ Visit? How many days have you got? Enjoy www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/campsites-at-fort-wilderness-resort
20 miles to Cruise America depot in Kissimmee to drop off your motor home.