It’s hot, yes, but we Floridians still know how to throw a great party! Here are some great events coming up in June and July here in North Florida!
June 15th at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. COUNTRY MUSIC FEST — chill country acts including: Ryan Hurd, Tucker Beathard, Few Mile South, Soul Circus Cowboys and Second Shot Band. free (unless you want VIP premium seating) and family friendly.
EMERALD COAST BLUE MARLIN CLASSIC: off-shore fishing tournament, live music, food and Friday night fireworks. June 13-21 in SanDestin
June 22 at the North Florida Fairgrounds – The 28th Annual Model RailRoad Show
June 26th at Jacksonville Beach is the annual Lifeguard Challenge
SUMMER MOVIE CLASSICS at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville – Every Sunday throughout the summer.
SMOKE ON THE COAST BBQ AND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL — Fourth of July fireworks, local restaurants and award-winning BBQ veterans serving up $1 samples, live music, family entertainment and fireworks. July 3 Destin Commons
The following State Parks are still closed (as of the date of this post) due to ongoing recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael.
St. George Island State Park in Franklin County
Florida Caverns State Park in Jackson County
Three Rivers State Park in Jackson County
St. Andrew’s State Park in Bay County – Campground Remains Closed
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Gulf County – Camping Area Still Closed
Torreya State Park in Gadsen County – Camping Area Still Closed
If you’re traveling through Florida and have been affected by these closures, please contact us at Alliance Hill RV Park. We’re just minutes off I-10, and we’re open for business. We’ve been taking care of many of the contractors who are helping with recovery efforts, but we do have many sites available for the general public as well. We will make every effort to accommodate every traveler during these months after Hurricane Michael. God Bless Florida.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee is just another one of North Florida’s little hidden gems. If you’re planning on heading south for the winter, Alliance Hill RV Park is a great stopover, but we hope while you’re here you’ll spend a couple days seeing some of North Florida’s treasures, and Maclay Gardens is indeed worth the trip.
You can spend a beautiful afternoon in the cooler Florida temperatures of October and November enjoying these picturesque settings. In October there are some fun events like a Jazz festival and Tomoka-Fest. There are two short nature trails for those who love to stroll, but there are also biking and equestrian paths as well. The gardens are lush with azaleas, and those willing to meander can find the secret reflection pool.
We sure hope you’ll enjoy all the wonderful little hidden gems North Florida has to offer, and we would like to be the place that you call “home” while you’re here!
Here’s a great article of fun activities to do if you’re spending some time with the grandchildren this summer! Especially if you’re traveling to see them, you’re likely going to stay for awhile. The American Grandparents Association has come up with a list of 100 fun things to do with the grandkids during your visit! Who says you can’t have a 2nd childhood?!
Rean About 100 Things to do with the Grandchildren This Summer
If you’re traveling along I-10, or any of the by-ways of North Florida, anytime between April and September, you’re in for a beautiful showing of wildflowers. As you cruise along in your RV or pulling your camper, you’re going to want to put down that book or cell phone and enjoy the show. Here are some of the blooming beauties you will experience as you travel North Florida this summer.
Pine Barren Frostweed: This perennial offers clusters of 5-petaled yellow blooms about 1 inch each at the end of shrub-like stalks. From March through June, you’ll see these hearty little beauties along many North Florida roadsides.
Rose-Rush: This Florida native is best appreciated close up. It’s delicate dusty-purple petals are serrated at the ends, blooming from the end of just one long stalk. Their stamens curly-q around each other in a delightfully delicate manner. One would think they were right out of wonderland.
Blue flower Butterwort: Amazingly detailed, this bloom is actually variegated with veins of light purple running through a darker purple blossom. A carnivore, it’s stamen looks remarkably like a little caterpillar, and it blooms on a single stalk growing from a light-green cluster of 3 inch long leaves, which could easily be mistaken for a weed in one’s garden. Needing very little nutrients, and enjoying the sandy, well-draining soil of Florida, these little beauties bloom happily along the interstate winter through spring.
Want to see more? You can visit to see images of wildflowers other travelers have shared at https://flawildflowers.org/whats-in-bloom/. If you have a great picture you would like to share, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the location where you took the photo, and it will be added to the page!
Yes, it’s true. There’s a town (and a fort) called Christmas! Read all about it at http://www.nbbd.com/godo/FortChristmas/
Fort Christmas is located in Christmas, Florida just off State Road 50, twenty miles east of Orlando enroute to Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville.
On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort which was aptly named, Fort Christmas. This fort was only one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835 – 1842. The fort houses exhibits and a video presentation on the Seminole Indian Wars.
Visit the full size replica of Fort Christmas. Seven restored historical homes preserve the ‘Cracker’ architecture of East Orange County. The houses are interpreted to show pioneer life from the 1870s through the 1930s. Key themes are homesteading, cattle, citrus, hunting, fishing and trapping. The Fort Christmas Historical Society and Orange County Parks and Recreation Division.
The Park has three picnic pavilions two of which seat 100 people and one which seats 50 people. Each pavilion has a large barbeque grill, electrical outlets and water hose. For pavilion rental please call. There is a playground with swings, slide, a fort looking jungle gym, and an area for small children. There is a basketball court, tennis court and a small baseball field.
If you were to survey random people about what Florida is most famous for, you’d likely get a variety of answers that describe the beautiful beaches, the stunning sunsets, and the tourist trade that centers around a mouse. Few would mention the acres of flora and fauna that grace the state with lush, green foliage or the striking dashes of color that dot the landscape in wildflower patches. For those near the panhandle, however, it is apparent why Ponce de Leon declared the land, La Florida, “the land of flowers”.
The Panhandle is ideal for wildflowers due to the large amounts of public land, filled with the perfect combination of slightly acidic, moist sand-soil. Even more ideal, the land is regularly managed with prescribed burns, creating conditions that give wildflowers everything they need to thrive. What does that mean? It means that guests at Alliance Hill RV Resort are perfectly situated to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery Florida has to offer, located miles away from the beach.
Wildflowers play an important role in the Florida landscape. As native plants, they require less amounts of water, fertilizers, and pesticides than other types of plants. They provide native wildlife with habitat and food, and are hardy plants that can sustain both the wet afternoons of spring and the heat of summer days. Often mischaracterized as ‘weeds’, these beautiful flowers will captivate you as you study their beauty and their function.
Want to explore this unknown side of Florida’s landscape? You’re in luck. Located near I-10, the Florida Wildflower Foundation has identified a route through the Eastern Panhandle known as the Wildflower Trail. Their interactive website makes it easy to follow the wildflowers across the state, and provides an identification guide to help you track what you’re seeing. With user submitted photos, you can see just what’s blooming (and where) and even submit your own wildflower images.
How many of Florida’s native wildflowers can you spot on your journey through the Panhandle? We’d love to see your pictures! Call today to reserve your site at Alliance Hill RV Resort…the flowers are waiting! http://ow.ly/bBMN30bIEAA
When you park your RV in the Alliance Hill RV Resort, you may wonder what you’ll do with all your free time. After all, you won’t have to wait in long lines of traffic, you won’t get stuck in any crowds and you definitely won’t be subjected to the sounds of civilization. (That sounds just about perfect, to us!) Sometimes, however, you just want to get out and DO SOMETHING. If you want to head out and explore the area, stop by the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in North Florida for an experience unlike any other. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity gets you up-close and personal to some of nature’s most beautiful creatures.
As the largest wolf preserve in the Southeastern United States, the Seacrest Wolf Preserve is located on over 400 acres of nature trails, ponds and lakes perfect for the variety of wildlife that call it home. Wild wolf species include the British Colombian wolf, the Gray wolf and other animals such as fox, racoons and coyotes.
The walking tour through the 3-acre wolf habitat is designed to give visitors the experience of being part of the wolf pack. It includes hands-on interaction with the wolves, as well as the chance to be part of a wolf howl. A concession and restroom stop partway through the tour gives you a chance to rest, while reflecting on the experiences you’ve had so far. The Small Animal Adventures experience lets you meet and greet some of the preserve’s most adorable creatures and provides photo ops that you’ll treasure forever. Before you leave, stop by the gift shop to wander through their selection of wolf-themed merchandise to take home as souvenirs.
We can’t guarantee that you’ll see a wolf while you’re staying at the Alliance Hill RV Resort, but you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beauty of unspoiled Florida nature. Who knows – once you’ve spent an afternoon getting to know the creatures at the Seacrest Wolf Preserve, maybe you’ll be more attuned to the animal world and they’ll stop by and say hello.
Looking for a place to explore Florida’s wildlife? Give us a call – we’ll reserve your RV site today!