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Northeast Florida Beckons Snowbirds with Rich History: Campgrounds and RV Parks Stand to Gain

Northeast Florida, popular among snowbirds, offers more than sunny weather and pristine beaches. According to the Florida RV Park & Campground Association (FRVCA), the region can also be a hotspot for winter visitors keen on exploring nearly half a millennia of human history. This could present a golden opportunity for the campground and RV park industry to tap into a niche yet expansive market.

The Spanish fort in St. Augustine, recognized as the oldest colonial settlement in the U.S., and the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, a testament to the advanced aerospace technologies of the 20th and 21st centuries, are just two of the myriad attractions that the northeast coast of Florida boasts. These historical sites, combined with the state’s natural beauty, make it a compelling destination for winter visitors.

Bobby Cornwell, the president and CEO of the Florida RV Park and Campground Association, highlighted the diverse appeal of the region. 

He noted that whether one’s interest lies in history, technology, or the mesmerizing coastline and state parks, northeast Florida continues to captivate imaginations. This sentiment is echoed by the increasing number of snowbirds flocking to the region each year.

Amelia Island, with its tranquil beaches and maritime forests, offers a blend of relaxation and exploration. The Civil War era Fort Clinch State Park stands as a testament to the island’s historical significance. Additionally, the island plays host to festivals such as the Right Whale Festival, which celebrates the return of endangered North Atlantic right whales, and the World of Nations Celebration, a nod to Jacksonville’s cultural diversity.

Campgrounds that can be used as base camps for Amelia Island excursions include CrossLake RV, Flamingo Lake RV Community, Fleetwood RV Park, Pecan Park RV Community,  Sunny Oaks RV Park, and Thompson Mill RV Park in Jacksonville.

St. Augustine, established in 1565, holds the distinction of being the oldest permanently occupied European settlement in North America. The city is replete with attractions like America’s Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Castillo de San Marcos, and the Lightner Museum. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park and the Whetstone Chocolate Factory further add to the city’s allure.

Campgrounds in the St. Augustine area include Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort, North Beach Camp Resort, Ocean Grove RV Resort, Pepper Tree RV Resort, Smiling Gator RV Park, St. Augustine Beach KOA Holiday, Stagecoach RV Park, and Sun Outdoors St. Augustine.

An hour’s drive from St. Augustine leads to Daytona Beach, home to the world-renowned Daytona International Speedway. Nearby campgrounds include Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort in Flagler Beach, Encore Bulow RV Resort in South Flagler Beach, Encore Rose Bay RV Resort in Port Orange, Encore Sunshine Holiday Daytona in Ormond Beach, Nova Family Campground in Port Orange, Palm Shores Mobile Home Park in Port Orange, Sun Retreats Daytona Beach RV Resort in Port Orange, and Treasure by the Sea Mobile Home and RV Park in Flagler Beach.

Meanwhile, Cape Canaveral offers a deep dive into space exploration with the Kennedy Space Center. The center not only showcases artifacts from NASA’s illustrious space programs but also provides opportunities for visitors to engage in astronaut training programs. Nearby campgrounds include Manatee Hammock Campground in Titusville, Seasons in the Sun RV Resort in Mims, The Great Outdoors RV Resort in Titusville, Titusville / Kennedy Space Center KOA Journey in Mims, and Whispering Pines Manufactured Home and RV Community in Titusville.

For campground and RV park owners, this surge in interest in northeast Florida’s historical attractions presents a unique opportunity. As snowbirds look to explore these sites, the demand for nearby accommodations is set to rise. Campgrounds and RV parks, with their proximity to these attractions, are perfectly poised to cater to this demand.

As northeast Florida continues to draw snowbirds with its rich tapestry of history and natural beauty, the campground and RV park industry stands at the cusp of a significant growth opportunity. By aligning their offerings with the interests of these visitors, campground and RV park operators can ensure sustained growth and profitability.

Featured image from Pecan Park RV Resort

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February 25, 2024 12:12 pm

Embark on an adventure in Northeast Florida, where history and contemporary wonders blend harmoniously. The region’s charm beckons exploration amidst scenic landscapes and cultural richness. With numerous campgrounds and RV parks, delve into history while enjoying the convenience of a mobile home. It’s a journey where each step reveals a new tale, making your experience unforgettable.

Steven Carter
Steven Carter
March 13, 2024 3:32 am
Reply to  BlakeRadiance

Exploring Northeast Florida’s history and charm through its campgrounds and RV parks is an adventure waiting to happen. Let’s hit the road and uncover the hidden gems, immersing ourselves in the rich culture and scenic beauty. It’s time to create unforgettable memories on wheels!

April 25, 2024 1:34 am
Reply to  Steven Carter

Let’s hit the road, soak up that rich history, and make memories on the go! Campgrounds and RV parks in Northeast Florida are where it’s at for a good time. Which spot are you most excited to explore first?


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