Hello! This is my first post.
My family and I are planning a short road trip (compared to some that I have seen here on the forums!): Florida in late March (March 27-April 4). I would like to make it a vacation that DOES NOT include theme parks; we want to see the real Florida, thank you. Here is my situation:
THE TRIP DOWN (AND BACK):
We are looking to make the drive down there as interesting as possible; to savor it and not making a mad dash to Florida. We would like to stop at a few interesting places along the way (down and back). What would be neat-to-see along the 1-95 corridor (besides 'South of the Border') for 2 adults, 1 teen, and 2 children under 10?
We all ready have lodging well in hand for our stay in Florida, but what sorts of cheap lodging (between Wilmington, Delaware and Palm Bay, Florida) is available our way down--and back? Where would be the best places? We are hoping to spend a total of 4 days driving to and from Florida.
How can I calculate the cost of this trip (using recent gas prices)?
We don't want to consign ourselves to eating fast food all the time, but we don't want to burden ourselves with carrying around a lot of food. What's a happy medium that won't burn up our costs? PS: Some suggestions for quick-fixing meals (which require a cooler only and aren't just sandwiches) would also be appreciated.
PLACES TO VISIT:
We are looking to spend at least 5 days in the Central Florida area (mostly Brevard County, but we won't say no to traveling elsewhere). On the tentative agenda are a few state parks, the planetarium in Cocoa Beach, a flea market, a zoo, and some beaches, but I can't help thinking we are missing something (haha, like the theme parks?). What else is in the area that will help us see the REAL beauty of the state?
Thank you for any answers or suggestions you might have!