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Starting Monday, June 3, ride SunRail to the Sanford Station and catch a ride on Choo Choo to the Zoo, a free shuttle that will take you to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens!
This service will be provided to riders from the Sanford SunRail Station to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens through Friday, August 9, 2019. Choo Choo to the Zooshuttles will be available on weekdays (Monday–Friday), at select times between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
Riders who show their SunRail ticket or SunCard at the Admissions Window will receive a 20% discount on single-day Zoo admission or admission for the Upland or Rainforest course at Seminole Aerial Adventures.
"We’re excited to once again partner with SunRail, the City of Sanford, and the Sanford Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to offer Choo Choo to the Zoo,” said Dino Ferri, CEO of the Zoo. “The beauty of this service is that it encourages the use of public transportation in our community, which is great for conservation, all while giving folks another way to come enjoy the Zoo."
For train times and additional information about Choo Choo to the Zoo, visit SunRail.com.
Looking for a great place to camping in or around Volusia County? No problem! If you are looking for summer camping check here. But if you are looking for camping in the cooler weather, you will find plenty of options to choose from. The fall and winter seasons are a great time to go camping in Florida. The weather is great for camping. You can plan some hiking, biking, and enjoy some bonfires. Whether you want to stay close to home or you are willing to drive an hour or two away, you will find some great places to camp in and around Volusia County. So pack up your gear, get the kids ready, and emerge yourself in some nature while you create some family memories! If you are considering purchasing an RV read 10 Reasons to Consider Getting an RV.
Hontoon Island is a gem that is close to home. Located right in Volusia County, it's an island and you will take a free boat ride over to it to do your camping. They offer rustic cabins and tent camping. The rustic cabins offer bunk beds, electrical outlets, and screened in porches. You just need to take your sleeping bags and food and you are set. It's a lot fun! You can have a campfire, go hiking, and explore the island.
Located in Volusia County, Tomoka State Park offers a great opportunity for camping close to home. They have RV and tent camping available. The park is a nice, loaded with trees, and is close to hiking and kayaking. You can rent a kayak right at the park, too. Right outside of the park entrance (across the road) there is also a nice paved bike trail, which you can use for biking, taking a stroll, or running. Your family can make memories around the campfire, go kayaking, and sit in the rocking chairs on the water and watch the sunset.
Blue Spring State Park
Also located in Volusia County, Blue Spring State Park offers tent, RV, and cabin camping. While you are there you can go hiking, take an eco-boat ride, rent kayaks, and if it's a cold morning you can see the manatee. Plus, right outside of the park there are great paved bike trails. So pack up the kids, your gear, and load up your bikes. You can get some great biking in, as well as have fun hiking and doing other activities.
Located around 1.5 hours away, Camp Chowenwaw is a great place to take the family camping. They offer neat treehouses you can camp in, as well as cabins, large group camping lodges, and you can also tent camp. There are some hiking trails, a swimming pool (seasonally opened), a playground, and plenty of places to just unwind. It's a great place to relax and get out into nature, have some bonfires, and enjoy the nature and family time.
Hanna Park is located in Jacksonville and it's on the beach. You can do RV camping, tent camping, or you can rent one of their cabins. The campground is within walking distance to the beach (or bike riding) and it's a nice campground that is filled with trees. They offer hiking trails, as well as offering some mountain biking trails. If you go, be sure to go hiking at the nearby Theodore Roosevelt Area.
While it's a great place to camp at during the summer so you can cool off in the spring, it's also a great place to camp in the cooler months, too. Wekiwa Springs State Park offers a beautiful campground, great hiking trails, and you can rent a kayak. If you are daring enough you can event take a quick dip in the spring. This campground has lots of wildlife, too, so you will probably at least see some deer and wild turkey.
Just a short trek north you will find Faver-Dykes State Park, a place offering tent and RV camping. This is a great place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle. You will get in some relaxing, you can do some hiking, and you can take your bikes and ride around. You can also rent a canoe to take out on the lake and there is a children's playground.
Located in St. Augustine, Anastasia State Park is a large campground located near the ocean. The beach access is within a bike ride from the campground, or you can drive your car over to it, as they have parking lots for it. The campground has children's playgrounds, beach access, and hiking trails. There is one trail that leads to the St. Augustine Amphitheater, so you could camp here and walk over to see an event.
Depending on the campsite you get Jetty Park can be a bit like "cramping," because they are so close together. But in the campground's defense, it's a fabulous place to stay when there will be a rocket launch at NASA. All you have to do is walk out to the park and watch it from across the water. The sound and view is amazing and you can feel the vibration from it in your body. You are that close! This campground offers camping for RV and tent campers, and has some cabins you can rent. The campground is just a couple of minutes walk to the ocean and you can sit and watch the cruise ships come in and out of the port.
Primitive Camping in Volusia County
If you are interested in primitive camping (no amenities), you will find some parks that it throughout Volusia County. You usually have to reserve it through the county. Places that offer primitive camping in Volusia County include Hickory Bluff, Wiregrass Prairie Preserve, Heart Island Conservation Area, Lake Ashby, and Tiger Bay State Forest.
Camping Around the State
If you are willing to drive out further you will find plenty of great places to camp around Florida. The state is filled with great camping opportunities, no what area of the state you want to head to. We make a yearly camping trip to stay on Sanibel Island. We've also enjoyed camping at Otter Springs, and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, among many other places. Have fun, get out and explore and create great bonds and memories!