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Road Trip Florida : Everglades National Park

Road Trip Florida : Everglades National Park

Our main attraction during our 10 day road trip across Florida was to experience the Everglades National Park.

Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species. To me it appeared to be a vast sea of grass and water.

There are four visitor centers which give access to sections of this National Park, we could only visit one.

When at Everglades you must indulge in an Aeroboat ride, its a thrilling experience.

You are sure to spot alligators while at the everglades.

The images above and below were taken by Shruti my daughter with her iPhone. The Alligators get pretty close when you are in the Aeroboat.

Boardwalks lead into the swamps, take a walk on these to spot alligators and other reptiles and birds.

Cuban Brown Alone
Green Iguana

If you are interested in watching wildlife then you must stay here for at least a week and visit all visitor centers of the park.

Road Trip : Visiting St. Augustine

Road Trip : Visiting St. Augustine

Shruti my elder daughter took us for a 10 day road trip across Florida which turned out to be a thrilling experience. The first location which we visited was St. Augustine. It took us about 06 hours to get there by road from Atlanta. We stayed at Southern Oaks Inn which gave us a vintage experience.

St. Augustine is a city on the northeast coast of Florida. It lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S. Founded in 1565 by the Spanish this city is known for its Spanish colonial architecture.

The fort named, Castillo De San Marcos,Stands tall along the bay. You just cant miss it. It is believed to have been constucted to protect St. Augustine from the pirates.

Well preserved colonial buildings are beauty to watch and walk around.

If you are on a short tour and want to see everything then I suggest you take hop on and off trolley tour.

For a colonial experince take a walk in St Georges and adjacent streets post sunset.

Another building worth having a look at is the Lightner Museum. The front portion is the city hall and the museum is at the rear.

When here do make it a point to walk around the Flagler College and soak in its splendour.

The Light House Museum is another place worth visiting.

The best place to spend some time here in the evening is the Riveria. Take a ride on the horse carraiges too.

Three generations at the oldest house in the USA.

While here do make it a point to visit the Cathedral Basillica, the oldest church in town, the intereiors are beautiful.

There is much more to St. Augustine and I plan to make another visit.