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Fun & Funky Things to Do | Connecticut

Connecticut is a beautiful state, filled with amazing sights and attractions. For those travelers looking to visit some fascinating, fun and some funky attractions, should check out some of the attractions below.

The Barnum Museum
This Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut has some fascinating exhibits, preserving the history of the area. Bridgeport was the home of P.T. Barnum and many of the artifacts and exhibits in the museum are dedicated to telling the story of his life and career. Unfortunately the museum's webpage says that the museum is closed for renovation at present (May 2011), but it is certainly worth stopping and exploring when the museum reopens.

CRRA Trash Museum
For all of those travelers that like museums that are a little different, and for all those travelers interested in how our trash is dealt with after if get picked up, the CRRA Trash Museum is a perfect destination. This museum shows visitors how trash disposal has evolved over time and what types of solutions were devised for certain problems confronting the industry. Visitors have the opportunity to view a working recycling facility, as well as learning about recycling and other issues of importance for the waste disposal industry.

Nathan Lester House & Farm Tool Museum
Visitors to this museum will have a wonderful time exploring both the historic house and grounds for an afternoon. The house and barns both feature tools and items from the Colonial period through the Victorian era. In addition to exploring the fascinating Farm Toll Museum, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the Great Oak Garden on the gourds.

The Submarine Force Library & Museum
This museum located in Groton, on the Thames River is an excellent destination to learn about Submarines and especially the U.S. Submarine Force. As the only museum dedicated to submarines operated by the U.s. Navy, this museum has an amazing collection and variety of artifacts and items relating to Submarine history. Visitors will also find that Groton is also the home of the USS Nautilus.

Wild Bill's Nostalgia Store
Wild Bill's Nostalgia Store is an excellent destination if you want to have an adventure while shopping for countless pop culture and and other fascinating items. Located in Middletown, this store is immediately recognizable from the exterior decorations which include a VW Beetle and a giant Jack-In-The-Box head. Within visitors will find all sorts of objects, including a figure of a man made entirely from bear traps. This funky and certainly fun destination has something to interest any visitor.



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Florida Camping | Quick Facts

factsFlorida Quick Facts

Uniquely Florida: Everglades National Park
Must-See: The Florida Keys
Most Unusual: Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg
Highest Point: Britton Hill, 315 feet
Food to Try: Fresh citrus, such as oranges and key lime pie

What to Do in Florida:

1 Go snorkeling at the Florida Keys

2 Walk and hike on the trails at the Everglades National Park

3 Learn all about American space travel at the Kennedy Space Center

4 Take a ride on a glass bottom boat at Silver Springs

5 Drive the Black Bear Scenic Byway

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Florida Camping | Off The Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path, Florida

Florida is a state full of beautiful natural spaces, fun attractions and amazing wildlife. Every visitor to the state of Florida will find something they love. There's all the fun of Disney World, the sunny beaches, the cities, and incredible wildlife. Here, in no particular order, are a few of Florida's fascinating destinations, natural wonders and activities.

Salt Springs

Salt Springs gets its name from the high salt content in the water -- the water that feeds the spring passes through a salt deposit as it rises to the surface. These springs are home to a variety of wildlife, normally found only in ocean habitats, but because of the high salt content in the water these species have found a home at Salt Springs. Before or after taking a dip in the Salt Springs, visitors can take the 2 mile round trip hike on the Salt Springs trail which leads to the Salt Springs Run.

Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg

This 100 year old garden is an amazing destination in St. Petersburg. The botanical paradise features over 50,000 tropical plants, including some of the oldest in the area. The gardens also have stunning waterfalls and beautiful demonstration gardens. For visitors with an interest in horticulture, there are garden tours and even some horticultural programs.

Silver Springs

Silver Springs is another delightful town paired with a unique spring. Silver Springs is one of the largest spring systems in the world, and it feeds the beautiful Silver River. The best way to enjoy the amazing Silver Springs is to take a ride on the glass bottom boats, which ferry people across the springs. From these boats visitors can marvel at the vents, which feed the springs.

Kennedy Space Center

Located on Florida's Space Coast, the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex is a great place to learn about the part the Space Coast itself has played in that history. At the Kennedy Space Center you can tour launch areas, see rockets, experience the space flight simulators, and speak to an astronaut. Some visitors may even get lucky enough to view a shuttle launch, provided that they time their visit right. Also on the Space Coast is the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, which is a destination space enthusiasts won't want to miss. At this museum you can see what space travel was like for the first astronauts and try out the astronaut training simulators and look at the museum's large collection of the astronauts personal items.

Florida Keys

The beautiful islands of the Florida Keys are a must for visitors looking for gorgeous beaches and clear ocean waters. The Keys are comprised of Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Key West, Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys. Among the many delights of the Florida Keys is the spectacular snorkeling and diving. As the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, it is the place to go for vacationers seeking a great diving experience. Snorkelers and divers will find the stunning underwater world of the Keys is filled with colorful fish, vibrant coral, and stunning shipwrecks. Islamorada is know as the sport-fishing capital of the world, and it truly earns its reputation. Key West is also the location of Ernest Hemingway's home.

St. Augustine

Located in northeast Florida, St. Augustine is the oldest established European city in the United States. Visitors to the city can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, take trolleys in the downtown area and visit the many shops in the Historic District, including shops with craftsmen practicing traditional trades. St. Augustine is home to the Castillo de San Marcos, the fort built to protect the city from pirates. The Castillo de San Marcos was heavily fortified and surrounded by a moat, and today visitors can watch the historic weapon demos, including canons, on the weekends. The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is also worth a stop. Visitors can climb over 200 stairs to reach the top, where they enjoy amazing views of the ocean and the city, and at the museum visitors learn all about the history of the city and the lighthouse.

Everglades National Park

The Everglades are one of the United States' true treasures. Everglades National Park stretches over 1.5 million acres, or 2,400 square miles, making it the largest park in the lower 48. The park features winding waterways, banks of seagrass and mud, oyster reefs and sand bars as well as an amazing diversity of habitats and wildlife. Visitors to the Everglades can enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, canoe and kayaking trails as well as boating. Those visitors wishing to boat should be aware that boating in the Everglades can be tricky and is limited to experienced boaters. The Shark Valley Trails pass through what is considered by many to be the heart of the "True Everglades," and it stretches for 100 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Okeechobee. Boaters can explore Whitewater Bay, Ten Thousand Islands Area and Florida Bay. Visitors can also participate in guided tours, including boat tours  and Tram Tours. The Tram Tours naturalists guide explores the Shark Valley Slough over a 15 mile loop,  participants learn about the ecosystems and see the amazing wildlife. Throughout the Everglades visitors can enjoy the unique ecosystems and of course the amazing wildlife.

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Florida Camping | Things to Do

Fun & Funky Things to Do | Florida


The beautiful state of Florida is a great spot to enjoy sandy beaches and plenty of sun. For visitors looking for a more quirky vacation experience can try visiting a few of these fun and funky locations throughout Florida.

Silver Springs
Silver Springs is a town with many interesting things to do, including entertainment and delicious dining, but they greatest attraction of the town are the Sliver Springs themselves. Silver Springs is one of the largest spring systems in the world, and it feeds the beautiful Silver River. Visitors simply must take a ride on the glass bottom boats, which ferry people across the springs. From these boats visitors can marvel at the life and vents, which feed the springs, through the glass bottom of the boats.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center Complex
At the Kennedy Space Center you can tour launch areas, see rockets, experience the space flight simulators, and speak to an astronaut. If you are really lucky and time your visit right you may even be able to view a shuttle launch. Another great experience visitors can try the Shuttle Launch Experience, which simulates what astronauts experience during a shuttle launch.

Dry Tortugas National Park
Located 70 miles to the west Key West this cluster of seven islands is a great destination to enjoy some of Florida's nature. The islands are composed of coral reefs and sand, and they are famous for their bird and marine life. There are also legends of pirates and sunken gold.  Visitors can also enjoy Fort Jefferson, which is the largest 19th century American coastal fort.

Gatorland
Visitors looking to see some wildlife Gatorland is an excellent destination. This 110 acre theme park and wildlife preserve is called the "Alligator Capital of the World." Visitors will find thousands of alligators and crocodiles. The park also has reptile shoes, an aviary, a swamp walk and much more.

 

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Delaware Camping | Quick Facts

factsDelaware Quick Facts:

Uniquely Delaware: Horseshoe crabs on the Chesapeake Bay in May
Must-See: Odessa a historic town
Most Unusual: Delmarva Chicken Festival and the world's largest frying pan
Highest Point: Elbright Azimuth , 447 feet
Food to Try: Scrapple and crab puffs

What to Do in Delaware:

Drive the Brandywine Scenic Byway
Explore the Nanticoke Indian Museum
Learn at the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
Visit historic Lewes
Walk along the mile-long boardwalk at Bethany Beach
See the coastal wetlands at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

 

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Delaware Camping | Off The Beaten Path

Off The Beaten Path | Delaware

Beautiful Delaware, the First State, is a fantastic camping destination. With beautiful  scenery combined with delightful towns and attractions. Delaware is filled with excellent off the beaten path destinations for all visitors.

Bethany Beach
Bethany Beach is a beautiful resort destination in Delaware. Throughout the summer the town and its resorts are filled with fun summer activities, including, beautiful resorts, sandy beaches and more. In addition, the nearby state park, Delaware Seashore State Park, on a barrier island is an excellent beach and park attraction. Bethany Beach also has a fun beach boardwalk, which is a great way to enjoy the sandy beaches and beautiful waters off the coast.

Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway
The twelve miles of the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway pass through some of the most beautiful and historic parts of Delaware. Starting in Wilmington, the byway passes through some of Delaware's historic sites. The Byway takes visitors to many of the important sites of the Du Pont Legacy, and more.

Cape Henlopen State Park
This Delaware park's beaches are a fabulous destination for all travelers. During the summer the beaches are great for swimming and enjoying the water. Cape Henlopen State Park also has excellent biking, hiking and more to entertain visitors. Trails in this park travel through the pinelands and the seaside.

Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
Visitors to Dover will have a great time exploring the exhibits at this museum. The museum recreates a rural village in 1800's Delaware. Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to learn about rural life in Delaware, as well as the technological advances made in agriculture during that time period.

Delaware History Museum
Located in Wilmington, this museum is a great destination to learn more about the history of the First State. The Delaware History Museum has three galleries with fascinating interactive exhibits. With changing exhibits and many different artifacts showing what historic Delaware life was like.

Longwood Gardens
Right on the Pennsylvania border, the Longwood Gardens is one part of the Du Pont legacy. The land was purchased to save the trees. Today the gardens cover over 1000 acres and have thousands of species of plants. Within the indoor and outdoor gardens there are flowers, trees, beautiful architecture, fountains and more.

Riverfront Wilmington
Visitors to Wilmington will have a great time exploring the boutiques and shops within the city. In addition to the shopping and dining found in Wilmington, there is also plenty of live entertainment to enjoy as well. Wilmington offers year round entertainment, shopping, dining and more along the beautiful riverfront.

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Delaware Camping | Things to Do

Fun & Funky | Things to Do | Delaware

Delaware is a a fun East Coast to visit for any vacation. Throughout the state there are many points of historic importance, and many places to just enjoy the present lifestyle of the state. Here are a few of Delaware's fun, funky and overall excellent attractions.

Air Mobility Command Museum

This museum located at Dover Air Force Base tells a story not often found at other Air Force museums. Visitors to this unique attraction have the opportunity to learn about how all of the items necessary for military operations have been transported historically. The Air Mobility Command Museum is filled with fun exhibits, including plenty of aircraft.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens
Those travelers that like visiting spectacular homes and the accompanying gardens will love the Nemours Mansion & Gardens. This was once the estate of Alfred I. du Pont, and today visitors have the opportunity to see the stunning architecture and furnishings within the mansion. The gardens are equally magnificent with formal French gardens and more.

World Champion Punkin Chunkin
Held each year in November, this contest is a great chance to watch people destroy pumpkins. Competitors chuck pumpkins using homemade pumpkin launchers. Visitors have the opportunity to see pumpkins hurled amazing distances. Those interested in creating their own launcher and participating can fill out an application to participate in this fantastic competition.

World's Largest Frying Pan
Wilmington, Delaware is home to the "World's Largest Frying Pan," and is an ideal destination for those exploring the world's largest things throughout the country and world. This particular giant frying pan was made for the DelMarVa Peninsula Annual Chicken Show and Feed. Today it is locate in the city of Wilmington for visitors to admire.

Zwaanendael Museum
This museum, in Lewes, is a great place to learn about Lewes area history, including military history. But the museum exhibits aren't the only fun aspect to this destination. The inspiration for the building came from the Hoorn, Netherlands town hall. Visitors to this building can enjoy the unique architecture and features of the museum building itself, while also exploring the interesting exhibits.

 

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Georgia Camping | Quick Facts

factsGeorgia Quick Facts

Uniquely Georgia: Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area, historic home of the Pirate Blackbeard
Must-See: Okefenokee Swamp Park
Most Unusual: The world's largest sculpture on the face of Stone Mountain, with the figures of Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee
Highest Point: Brasstown Bald, 4,684 feet
Food to Try: Grits and Vidalia Onions

What to Do in Georgia:

1 See the azaleas at Callaway Gardens

2 Explore the vast Okefenokee Swamp at Okefenokee Swamp Park

3 Watch the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta

4 Learn about the origins of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

5 Visit the archeological site at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon

 

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