Camping and State Parks
A Vacation for the Whole Family




Camping is one of America’s favorite ways to spend a family summer vacation. Our pioneers started the movement when this country was young and the yearning to move west became the dream of thousands of families. All 52 of these United States have state park facilities to enjoy. State parks offer clean fun and adventure for the whole family at a fraction of the cost of going to theme parks or water parks that include high priced hotel accommodations. Many families own motor homes or a travel trailers that allows them to be together just like home but with a view that changes with the sunsets. Numerous parks have cabins that can be rented for the whole family to enjoy without all the packing and carrying it takes to load the car for the trip. But for the squeamish there are the lodges that have all the comforts of fine hotels. For those of us who enjoy the out-of-doors and all that comes with it, there is tent camping and just plain roughing it. No hooking up a trailer or raiding the pantry and the fridge and emptying the closets to take out back to the motor home or trailer. Tent camping is easy and takes a bit of sweat equity to set up when you get there but eating, cooking and sleeping in the out-of-doors with nature is the best way to enjoy mother nature at her best. Imagine families talking and enjoying nights around the glow of a campfire sharing stories and roasting marshmallows on a stick. Maybe someone close by brings a guitar and all begin to sing camp songs.

Florida State Parks give the vacationers the advantage of seeing Florida as it really is, and Florida offers almost 150 different parks across the state.

The parks offer a wide variety of recreational adventures. From the coastal parks to the central parts of the state there are beautiful beaches and the parks provide opportunities for picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. Heavily wooded trails for horse back riding or hiking fill the center of the state with the scent of Pine and Palmettos scrubs. The great thing about Florida state parks is that they are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

One such park on the east coast of Florida is Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area. Sebastian Inlet Recreation Area The beautiful park, situated on the tips of two barrier islands, is surrounded by gorgeous water. The Atlantic Ocean is on the east, the Indian River Lagoon to the west and the Sebastian Inlet flows between the two. In 1971 the State of Florida acquired the land for a park. It is a favorite spot for picnicking, swimming, surfing, fishing, shrimping, clamming, crabbing, boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, bird watching, camping and enjoying nature. Sebastian Inlet S.R.A. has something for everybody.

THE INLET
In 1886, the first inlet (Gibson’s cut) was dug by hand approximately 3 miles south of the present day inlet, at a spot where the ocean frequently washed over the dunes. A storm and the shifting sands quickly closed the inlet.

The next attempt to open an inlet was organized by fishermen wanting quick access to the ocean. The Florida Legislature created the Sebastian Inlet Tax District in 1918. In 1924, the Sebastian Inlet was opened at its current location and small jetties were completed. Between 1924 and 1941 the Inlet opened and closed several times due to the shifting sands caused by storms. For safety reasons, it was left closed during World War II, then permanently blasted open in 1947. The 1,548 foot long bridge over the Inlet was completed in 1965 at a cost of $745,000.

SEBASTIAN INLET STATE RECREATION AREA
9700 South A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
321/984-4852



Florida’s parks hold a rich history of interesting places to see and learn about as well as enjoying what nature puts there to enjoy. Pack your camping gear and come to Florida and see what awaits you there.

www.dep.state.fl.us/parks/

 






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