Flagler County, Florida
Flagler County, Florida, is not often mentioned in the same breath as the usual tourist attractions. However, it has a lot to offer, especially for those visitors who want interesting experiences without the crush of large crowds.
Situated on the northeastern coast of Florida, Flagler County offers a multitude of outdoor activities, ranging from biking, hiking and running on numerous trails that run through the county parks, to water activities of all types. Whether you enjoy surfing, surf fishing, or just soaking in the sun on the beach, you’ll find it here. The parks also offer many sporting opportunities, including tennis, basketball and racquetball courts. Children have their own designated playgrounds and sports fields, and even a skate park. For a more sophisticated experience, Daytona Beach is located not far away.
History buffs will find unusual sites here, such as Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. Developed in 1821, the plantation served as the largest plantation in East Florida. Visitors can view the ruins of the sugar mill, built from an unusual local sedimentary rock containing shells. Despite the fact that the plantation was largely destroyed in the 1836 Seminole War, the ruins have been preserved for visitors to learn about plantation history, including slavery.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is located near Palm Coast. You’ll see the famous live oaks festooned with Spanish moss and beautiful formal gardens filled with flowers such as camellias, roses and azaleas. Along with these, the park also preserves the habitat of a Florida barrier island in its original form, including tidal marshes, coastal scrub and hammock, and beach. Numerous forms of wildlife can be spotted, including sea turtles and land tortoises, manatees, white-tailed deer, and rare pileated woodpeckers.
If you love camping, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for that here. Cottages are also available for family vacations. There are several nature preserves and historic parks in various places throughout the county, providing plenty of choices for outdoor exploration. Visitors can enjoy various types of wildlife, including bald eagles and manatees.
The county also is home to various sites from which to catch saltwater fish from shore or fish from the freshwater lakes and rivers. Large piers aid fishing fans in catching saltwater species from the ocean. Boaters have plenty of choices for boats, kayaks and canoes with many streams to explore.
Flagler County was formed in 1917 from parts of two adjacent counties, Volusia and Saint Johns. It was named for the Builder of the Florida East Coast Railway, Henry Flagler. The railway still operates as an important freight route. The Intracoastal Waterway, which extends in from the coast, also provides an important shipping route as well as plenty of boating and other recreational opportunities.
If you are planning a move to Flagler County, you’ll find all sorts of fine neighborhoods from which to choose with numerous schools for your children. For higher education, Daytona State College has a branch in Palm Coast. The county will give you a lifestyle with many of the recreational opportunities and adventures that the more populated spaces provide without the distraction of hordes of tourists. Its more relaxed atmosphere also provides a wonderful choice for retirement. Come visit and relax, you’ll see what we mean.
Oh and don’t forget to check out Marineland Dolphin Adventure.