Try your winter this year with a side of Florida tossed in for good sunny measure. We’ve got two great locations you need to check out in the Sunshine State this winter.
Terra Ceia Village has been a part of our Florida family of camping locations for some time now, but you might not recognize this great destination if you haven’t visited for a while. There are 190 new RV sites, a new pool complete with deck and pavilion, a new clubhouse, a new fitness center and hold on to your rackets, four, count ‘em, four new pickleball courts.
Did we mention the great location where this west coast Florida destination is located? It’s convenient to all Tampa/St. Pete and Sarasota attractions, plus a perfect homebase for a daytrip to all the Orlando attractions. Tampa highlights include Busch Gardens, Zoo Tampa at Lowry Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, and the Tampa Riverwalk. St. Pete’s idea of fun can include the Dali Museum, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, and Sunken Gardens. Sarasota has great hiking spots (Ted Sperling Park Nature Trail or Lemon Bay Park, which is dog-friendly); great kayaking – consider kayaking the famous mangrove tunnels or a glass-bottom kayak tour (sealifekayak.com), and Sarasota is also home to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
The new kid on the camping destination block is Tranquility Lakes in Cape Coral in southwest Florida. Situated on a 90-acre lake, Tranquility Lakes offers swimming pools, 10 pickleball courts, bocce, a fitness center, a new clubhouse and, of course, fabulous views of the lake, where sunrise and sunset are equally beautiful.
Cape Coral is less than 10 miles from Fort Myers attractions, but also has plenty to do if you want to explore the area. First off, for paddlers, the Great Calusa Blueway, a paddling trail that winds through coastal waters, is nearby. Also, the Cape Coral Museum of History presents the history of the area through exhibits spread among three buildings and three garden spaces, which offer regular tours (capecoralmuseum.org). If you’re in the spirit, check out the Wicked Dolphin Distillery and take a tour to find out how they make their award-winning Wicked Dolphin Rum (wickeddolphin.com). Fort Myers attractions include the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, which feature the winter homes and workspaces for inventors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The Fort Myers area also has some of the best beaches gulf-side, including Lovers Key State Park known for its sugar-sand beaches. Baseball fans will likely take in a Grapefruit League game or two as Fort Myers is the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins.
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