The next morning we woke up feeling refreshed and ready to explore. The first order of business was breakfast. And in their community the only way to travel in style is by golf cart! These are not just any golf carts...they are custom, personalized and the snazziest things on the road. Literally everyone down there rides around in golf carts and it there are special golf cart lanes and paths to get all over. The kids just adore this whole concept and think it is so much fun!
After a quick donut breakfast we gave hugs and kisses to the kids and then Robby and I made our way east to the coast. We were meeting up with our friends Kathy and Corey for Kathy's 40th birthday party! We spent the day on the beach relaxing with them and then that evening we had fun at the big luau party.
Silver Springs is located between Orlando and Gainesville in central Florida and it hosts an array of wildlife from monkeys to alligators. The Silver Springs is made up of a group of springs that occur in the headwaters, coves and edges of the Silver River, which leads to the Ocklawaha River. An interesting little tit-bit of info for you is that the water coming from the Silver Springs amounts to over 550 million gallons per day!
The original plan was for us to rent canoes and explore the Silver River up to the springs, but a Boy Scout troop took most of the canoes so we had to change our plans. Instead we entered through the main state park entrance and it felt like we were stepping back in time.
Right away we popped in the museum and educational center. The kids were fascinated by the wildlife displays of all of the types of animals found around the Silver Springs and Silver River area. There were also real live snakes and reptiles on display for everyone to see.
We ate a quick lunch in the cafe and then walked on one of the nature paths to observe the springs close up.
When we got back we saw this giant turtle in the yard across the street. The kids saw all kinds of wildlife while we were there and thought that was one of the most exciting things about our visit. Handley's favorite animal is a sea turtle, with regular turtles coming in a close second. SO, you can imagine her excitement when they found a big turtle while she was wearing her turtle t-shirt. It doesn't get much better than that!
The next morning after sleeping in we packed up and made our way back to Atlanta. It was a lot of driving for a quick long weekend, but so nice to get out of town and have a few days with a change of scenery.