Newspaper Promoting Florida's Campgrounds
Editor's Note: Privately owned campgrounds in Florida got a boost from a recent story in the Orlando Sentinel about the best places to camp in the Sunshine State. The Sentinel's story follows.
Summer and camping vacations go hand in hand – what with the allure of lots of fresh air, activities like fishing and hiking, and Mother Nature’s charms to admire including forests and lakes. If a camping getaway is on your radar this summer, here are a few options in various parts of Florida to help you plan:
- Daytona Beach: Shaded by palms, the landscaped Nova Family Campground, 1190 Herbert St., has a heated pool and sandy beach. Amenities include free Wi-Fi. Cabins are available for rent. Area attractions include the Daytona International Speedway.
- Fort Myers: The KOA Campground on Pine Island can be your home away from home in the tropical setting of the often-called "Tarpon Capital of the World." It has two clubhouses, a heated pool and hot tub. Other amenities include a lighted tennis court for evening play, lakeside sites and a free bus (available in winter) that goes to nearby beaches. Pastimes include the legendary shelling of this part of Florida and visits to nearby attractions include the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd., in Fort Myers. The Ft. Myers/Pine Island KOA is on 5120 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. KOA features campagrounds in multiple destinations throughout Florida.
- Orlando: Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at Walt Disney World, set in 700 acres of pine and cypress forest, has a storybook quality – you feel that at any moment Tigger may come bouncing by. You are sure to see Chip and Dale, though, at the free nightly campfire programs with complimentary Disney movies and sing-alongs. Amenities include pools, white sandy beach, tennis courts, petting farm, horseback riding, restaurants, dinner/show themed to the Old West, and free transportation to Disney parks. Free Wi-Fi is available. In addition to a variety of campsites, log cabins, rustically decorated and with such comforts of home as full kitchens, televisions, and bath with tub, are available for rent.
- St. Augustine: The Indian Forest Campground, 1505 State Road 207, is in a shaded, rural setting, yet close – five miles – to St. Augustine's historic center with its Spanish colonial treasures. The campground is also located three miles to shopping and 2.5 miles to a public golf course. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, shower houses and laundry facility.
- Venice: Looking to get away from it all? You may wish to check out the Camp Venice Retreat at 4085 E. Venice Ave. Located in an old-growth oak hammock along the Myakka River, it offers such activities as fresh and salt water fishing and canoeing minutes from downtown Venice. Cabins are available for rent.