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30 Eco-Trips in Florida: The Best Nature Excursions (and How to Leave Only Your Footprints) (Wild Florida) Paperback – October 8, 2005

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A guide to getting away from it all in natural splendor with tips and hints... -- Fort Myers News Press, May 21, 2006

Ambrose gives readers the lowdown on the best places to go camping in Florida. -- Flair, March/ April 2006

Back-to-nature travelers will revel in the details of marine sanctuaries, butterfly conservatories and seasonal migration routes. -- Hartford Courant (online...but print somewhere), 9/30/2005

Holly, at the heart of it, is just plain interested in Florida's parks, ecosystems, and natural attractions. -- Southern Living, April 2006

Provides a unique focus. -- Library Journal, August 2005

The real Florida is just what Ambrose set out to find when researching her book... -- Flair, March/ April 2006

The real wild life of Florida. -- Chicago Tribune, October 2, 2005

You’ll revel in the details of marine sanctuaries, butterfly conservatories and seasonal migration routes, and you'll appreciate the lodging recommendations. -- Chicago Tribune, October 2, 2005

…concern for the human impact on nature is all important to her version of tourism. -- Gainesville Sun, Jan. 7, 2006

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Take only pictures, leave only footprints, and don’t forget to bring this book!
 
30 EcoTrips in Florida is an important tool for anyone who wants to explore ‘the real Florida.’ It contains the information needed to plan nature travel anywhere in the state.”--Brad Manley, Brevard Environmentally Endangered Lands program
 
If you long for high-quality, less-trafficked, authentic adventures amid Florida’s increasingly developed natural areas, this book is the perfect guide to finding them and enjoying them responsibly. Veteran ecotripper Holly Ambrose shares her intimate knowledge of Florida’s wild side in this comprehensive collection of the 30 best undisturbed places to explore across the state.
Divided into four specific geographic regions covering the entire state from the Panhandle to the Lower Keys, the guide provides a complete overview of each with general background information, descriptions of wildlife and recreational opportunities, places to stay from campgrounds to more formal lodging, and detailed listings for nature tours and outfitters in each area. Ambrose also recommends side trips to adjacent natural spots and attractions, provides a special section on bird and wildlife viewing, and advises how to reduce one’s impact on the environment.
 
 
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Product Details

  • Series: Wild Florida
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (October 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813028507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813028507
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a little disappointing. It does list and talk about different interesting places to visit, but it pretty much has the same info you can find on the parks website. There is no real mention of particularly interesting sites or unique things to see or do.
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Two days ago we returned from a trip to Florida that we planned around animal encounters and nature experiences for our 9 year old daughter. This book was an invaluable resource in planning our trip. We went to four state parks in Florida's excellent network (as we discovered, it's the only state to twice win the national gold medal for the best state park system). The book had accurate, up-to-date information that helped us get the most out of our visit to Caladesi Island where we saw armadillos cross our hiking trail. On the last day of our trip, we checked out of our motel in Clearwater Beach and visited Hillsborough River State Park northeast of Tampa, following the driving directions in the book. Our one-hour canoe trip along the river was a magical experience, gliding through the primeval greenery of a cypress forest where we saw many turtles and an alligator. In spite of the mind-numbing overdevelopment of the state, nature is still alive and well, and this book is the best guide for anyone who would go looking for the wonders of outdoor Florida.
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As the headline states the most glaring omission is a map keyed to the eco-trips.
I am a Florida resident and very familiar with the state and had a huge problem understanding where areas mentioned were located and placing them mentally.
It would be so easy to have even ONE map showing areas with numbers so that one could reference it when reading.
Or each chapter could have an overall map of the greater area with various spots located.

I found it very useful on our recent trip to Titusville to see the Atlantic shuttle launch (wonderful) and then visited the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge's scenic drive on the north end of the island. Very nice even though many of the birds had been scared off by the shuttle. The roseate spoonbills were there though to make it worthwhile.
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