East Coast of Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Each year Dylan's parents take a few weeks off from the chilly weather in Delaware to warm up on the beaches of Delray, FL. Their cute beach condo somehow had the PERFECT spot to park The Lance which made our third moochdocking experience a breeze. When we were not reading, talking, eating, swimming, running or playing frisbee on the beach we were:
- Yoga-ing: Check out YogaFox... they have two locations, including a class at the historic Colony Hotel in downtown Delray (every Sunday at 9:30am). Afterwards grab a yummy smoothie ("The Intuition" is delicious) at JuiceBuzz.
- Sea Turtle Viewing: Deerfield beach which is a short drive south of Delray has a one of a kind Sea Turtle hospital. You can visit their facility and possibly witness a Sea Turtle release!
- Bird Watching: Dylan loved shooting here and apparently (via TripAdvisor) this is the number ONE thing to do in Delray Beach so... check out the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. Recommend going first thing in the am, the birds are more active and it will get super busy after about 10am.
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Dylan is the space fan in our fam and he LOVED this stop. Spend time at Kennedy Space Center... tickets are a little pricey but you will spend the entire day there. Highly recommend taking one of the first bus tours of the day (lines will not be as long) and then exploring the various exhibits. We also got to see a SpaceX launch! They were supposed to launch their Falcon9 a day before our arrival but called off the launch minutes before takeoff and rescheduled for the following day. So we booked it up the coast just in time to set up for the launch viewing. We stayed at Jetty Park Campground, minutes from a great viewing area. We watched a mission that carried cargo and supplies to the international space station, so crazy!
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is known for its rich history and beautiful beaches. In the 1500s, the city was founded by a Spanish admiral (who later became Florida's first Governor) and is known to be the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the continental US. Our stay was dominated by rain showers but we still managed to find a few highlights worth mentioning!
- Anastasia State Park - the proximity to downtown and a beautiful beach make camping in this gorgeous State Park offers as easy choice.
- Castillo de San Marcos - take an afternoon to explore the oldest stone fort in the continental US. The fort has a distinctive star shaped formation and is made from coquina shells!
- Flagler College - stroll through the buildings of Flagler College which used to be a luxury resort, originally built in the 1800s by Henry Flagler (founded the Standard Oil Company with Rockefeller). The Spanish Renaissance architecture will blow you away.
- St. Augustine Distillery - take a tour of this small batch distillery which is in an old Florida Power and Light Ice Plant building dating back to 1907. Ingredients are locally sourced. Tours are FREE, run every 30 minutes, 10:30am-5pm and include tastings of their specialty gin, whiskey and vodka drinks! If you get hungry (or are ready for HH round 2) head next door to the Ice Plant Bar for simple fresh ingredient dishes and cocktails.
- Old Coast Ales - play shuffleboard or chat with the owners (or jump on their fast wifi) at this small, new brewery and taproom. They had some of our favorite beers yet on this trip!
- Bog Brewing Company - Bring food in and enjoy a Belgian-y beer after walking downtown St. Augustine. If it is sunny, sit outside on their back deck... rainy, play darts inside.