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"Lucy makes my toes itch! I can’t wait to get out and explore all the destinations she describes."--Sandy Huff, author of Paddler’s Guide to the Sunshine State
"By using modern technologies like GPS coordinates and internet resources, 50 Great Walks in Florida brings the genre of tour guides clicking and screening into the twenty-first century."--Lars Andersen, author of Payne’s Prairie: A History and Guide
From the deepest swamps to the most civilized sidewalks, 50 Great Walks in Florida features the best short, but significant, outdoor jaunts in the Sunshine State. Experienced tour guide Lucy Tobias fills each page with fascinating local history and vivid descriptions of the sights and sites encountered along the way.
50 Great Walks in Florida is divided by geographic regions and each section includes at least one beach or wetlands walk, a historic walk, a garden walk, a place to see wildlife, and one locale with an unusual natural feature. Included are the Vietnam Memorial, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Coca-Cola Town, Ybor City Fresh Market, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and even a ghost tour!
Tobias recommends additional activities for each walk and offers suggestions for where to stop nearby, including local restaurants, to enhance the regional and cultural experience. This handy guide includes comprehensive locator maps, listings of trip essentials, and useful warnings about possible dangers such as poisonwood sap.
These manageable walks will appeal to tourists in search of the real Florida, as well as to residents who want to become better acquainted with their state but still be done in time for lunch. Though shoes may be required, backpacks are not.
Posted May 23, 2008
It doesn't matter if you're a nature enthusiast or someone who believes the hippos on Disney's Jungle Cruise are real...'50 Great Walks in Florida' will have something for you. Lucy's walks are urban and rural, none longer than 4 miles, and all take you to places you really shouldn't miss. But what sets this book apart from others is Lucy's warm prose--you really feel like you're walking with a friend. She's the quintessential woman next door--friendly, approachable, understanding. I've been recommending this book to everyone I know who's about to visit Florida, and I've given it as a gift to friends who live in Florida. I can't recommend it highly enough.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.