Saturday, September 15, 2012

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, at Suwannee River Fl

I was born raised in Kissimmee, FL and my whole life my parents dragged me everywhere in FL. One of the places that I had not been to until this year was Stephen Foster State Park. My parents, grandma, and my family all went to the park for a weekend trip.
Stephen Foster State Park, is about 3 to 4 hours from Disney but a gorgeous getaway from the city. I had worked the night that we left, we got to the park at 6am! it was covered in fog and very hard to see. My parents had got us 2 cabins, one for them and my grandma, then we had one. The cabins are huge! They rent for only $100 a night, there is NO TV, phone or internet!! If you wish to visit the park its only $5 per car, and then $20 to pitch a tent.

My first thought was wow this is really nice, then it got better when we got inside the cabin. The cabins are 2 bed 1 bath, the first bedroom has a queen bed, the 2nd bedroom has bunk beds, full on bottom and twin top.
I didn't get a picture of our room I think just cause I was only in it to sleep.
The cabin has a full kitchen which comes fully stocked with pots, pans, dishes, dish soap, dishwasher, full fridge, stove, sink,and of course cabinets. The living room has a nice dinning table with big wood chairs, a counter with 3 stools to sit at kitchen, a propane fireplace (this is only used during certain months), game table, couch and loveseat, hard wood floors and notebooks. The notebooks were a fun surprise that I found in a drawer on the side they have all the stories of people who have stayed in the cabin which we made a page.

The best for last! The full wrap around porch! Just to get into the cabin you enter the porch, its fully screened in. First thing on the porch is picnic table, then double rocking chair, then around the corner you have 2 single rocking chairs, and the best a porch swing! Love it! Along with all this you have ceiling fans and lights, porch lights and steps out the back to fire pit, another picnic table, and grill.

At Stephen Foster State Park they have many things to do other then just camp. They have a 200ft bell tower that plays concerts daily. A museum that features eight dioramas depicting Stephen Foster songs. Also on display are historic pianos and the desk where Stephen Foster penned the final touches to Florida’s state song “Old Folks at Home” or commonly called “Way Down Upon the Suwannee River.” This is free to visit upon the entrance fee of $5 per car. Then of course the Suwannee river which has a boat access area in the park. They also have a small town like setting which has about 5 shops like black smith, quilting and candle making. Like most parks they also have 2 nice good size playgrounds for children, and have educational shows which we attended one about snakes which my dad held his first snake as well as Michael.

If you wanna come to Florida and see something other then just Disney then I would make this a place to stop and enjoy. I had a great time as well as my family. It was a nice break from all the busy everyday norm.

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