Friday, September 30, 2016

St. Joseph State Park - Port St. Joe, Florida

St Joseph State Park has over 10 miles of perfect beach coastline.  The sand is a beautiful sugar white.  The water is pristine blue. Even the skyline is wonderful because it isn't spoiled by high-rise buildings. Visitors to the park can enjoy this wealth of nature in many ways. You can kayak or canoe in the calm waters on the bay side of the park.  You can swim, snorkel, or scuba dive in the waves of the ocean side.  If you want to stay on land the park has several hiking trails.  Campgrounds are available for campers whether they want to stay in a tent or an RV.  Cabins are available for visitors requiring more comfort. If you are truly adventurous, you can hike or kayak to the back country campgrounds located at the very northern end of the park.

Location: 8899 Cape San Blas Road Port St. Joe, Florida

Cost: Admission to the park is only $6 per vehicle.  Boat launching costs $5.  Camping is $24 a night plus a reservation fee of $6.70.  Cabins are $100 per night.  Back country camping costs $5 per person.

Operating Seasons and Hours: Open every day of the year from 8:00 am to sunset.

Official Website: www.floridastateparks.org/park/St-Joseph

Date of Visit:  Friday, July 19 and Saturday July 20, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Foley Railroad Museum - Foley, Alabama


Foley, Alabama was once an important railroad town. These days the town honors is history with a railroad museum located at a park in the center of town.  The museum has real trains on display outside, and artifacts on display inside.  The best display of all is the 24 X 60 foot model railroad exhibit.  This is an O gauge display, and has over a quarter mile of track.  Twelve different trains circle the display.  Much of the display was donated to the city with the condition that the exhibit be available to children and free to visit.

Location: 125 E Laurel Ave Foley, Alabama.  Foley is less than an hour southeast of Mobile, Alabama.

Cost: Free, though donations are appreciated

Operating Seasons and Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Official Website: www.foleyrailroadmuseum.com

Date of Visit: Saturday, July 16, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gulf State Park - Gulf Shores, Alabama


White sandy beaches and warm waters aren't just found in Florida.  The Gulf Coast of Alabama has it's own share of beautiful beaches. Gulf Shores State Park is one of the best places to have a beach vacation in Alabama.  The park has over two miles of beaches - some of which are open to the public 24 hours a day. A long pier takes you over the waters of the gulf so you can get a birds eye view of sea life. The park also has a lake, miles of hiking trails, a large wooded campground, charming cabins, a zipline course, a golf course, a nature center, and more.

Location: 20115 State Highway 135 Gulf Shores, Alabama

Cost: The cost varies for different parts of the park.  The beaches around the pier are free to use, but the pier itself has a fee of $3 per adult to walk on the pier or $6 to fish from it.  The beach near the Beach Pavilion has a day use fee of $6 per car.  The fees are waived if you are staying overnight in the park. Camping starts at $18 for a primitive site, and increases to over $100 for the cabins.  The lake has fees associated with fishing and boating.

Operating Seasons and Hours: Hours vary for different parts of the park.  Most of the areas are open from dawn to dusk, however, the fishing pier and the beaches around it are open 24 hours a day.

Official Website: www.alapark.com/gulf-state-park

Dates of Visit: Friday, July 14 to Sunday July 16. 2016


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