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Nature lovers who can’t wait to spend some time breathing in the fresh air and sleeping in an RV rental or a tent should explore the Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle and go camping at Big Lagoon Campground. In addition to wonderful nature on all sides, it offers amenities such as showers, restrooms, and tent sites. RV sites come with 30/50 amp electric and water hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. A dump station is available on-site, and the campground is pet-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your pets at home.
Outdoor enthusiasts will be thrilled to find out that this Pensacola campground is a gateway to the surrounding natural spots – located between Big Lagoon and Perdido Bay, it is a stone’s throw from several state parks and islands hugged by ocean waves. Whether you want to lounge around on white sand or disappear among the pine trees, you have come to the right place. Urban attractions can also be found nearby. The westernmost city of the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola is only a half an hour's drive away, welcoming visitors with the Naval Aviation Museum and Fort Barrancas. RV camping at Big Lagoon Campground puts you close to one of the largest cities of Alabama – Mobile. Discover its rich Mardi Gras tradition as you step into the Mobile Carnival Museum or go on a historical journey aboard the Battleship USS Alabama. If you are looking for a lively city with great food and an even better nightlife, travel for a few hours to the west until you reach New Orleans, sitting on the Mississippi River.
All you need to do to start exploring the natural beauties of the area is step out of your campervan rental – the campground is surrounded by Big Lagoon State Park. In addition to attracting adventurous visitors with its variety of ecosystems ranging from saltwater marshes to pine flatwoods, plenty of bird species decide to stop by during their migration. Aquatic activities abound in the park, and you can take part in swimming, boating, fishing, and kayaking. If you are looking for something more thrilling, the park is the perfect place to embark on a journey following Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail that goes around the entire Sunshine State. Those who want to remain on dry land can go hiking, biking, and geocaching.
Another spot where you can go RV camping and never run out of amazing things to see and do is waiting for you less than an hour's drive to the east, and its name is Gulf Islands National Seashore. White sand beaches stretch for miles across barrier islands, offering amazing opportunities for sunbathing after a swim in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You can also explore by going on a boat tour, snorkeling, and diving in the crystalline ocean waters, or going on a boating adventure with your friends. Hundreds of species of birds can be spotted on the seashore and visitors can see them along the hiking and biking trails. There is something for the history buffs, too – from Fort Barrancas, aka the Bastion of the Bluffs, to Fort Massachusetts, waiting for visitors on Ship Island.
When you wish to disappear from the sun and find shade among lush trees, take your RV rental near Big Lagoon Campground to Apalachicola National Forest. Start taking in the magic of the forest while on the Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway, showing the beauty of wildflowers along the Apalachicola River. Campers who are looking for something out of the ordinary shouldn’t miss out on visiting Leon Sinks, a world of caverns and sinkholes connected by several miles of hiking trails. The river itself is excellent for fishing, and the forest is also home to countless streams, natural springs, and lakes where you can go for a refreshing swim. If you are hoping to find solitude and escape the city, try dispersed camping among the longleaf pines, and you are in for an unforgettable experience.
Big Lagoon Campground camping brings the best of both worlds – you can go from the ocean shores to the city streets in a matter of minutes.
Pensacola is the closest major city, and one of its most popular attractions is the National Naval Aviation Museum. Featuring more than 100 different aircraft ranging from the historic to the modern ones, it will give you a unique insight into the development and the rich heritage of the United States Naval Aviation. Visitors will also find flight simulators and get a chance to witness exciting flight demonstrations by the Blue Angels.
If you are in the mood to spend some time surrounded by wonderful animals, visit the nearby zoo, just half an hour's drive away from the campground across the Alabama border. Hundreds of animals can be seen at the zoo, from lions and tigers to kangaroos and sloths. The zoo also features an aviary, a reptile house, and a petting zoo, and organizes animal shows during the summer.
Travelers who would rather enjoy the beauties of unique plants can visit the Bellingrath Gardens and Home, waiting for them on the Fowl River, across the Mobile Bay in Alabama. Acres of gardens surround the historic home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath, now a museum. The plants include colorful flowers such as azaleas, daffodils, and hydrangeas, as well as lush trees such as live oaks. Because of the warm climate, there is always something blooming in the gardens, and a magnificent display of lights adds to their beauty at Christmas.
The area around the campground abounds with seafood restaurants where you can try something new every day, but you can also find BBQ joints and pizza places, so you don’t have to worry about grabbing a bite when you book an RV in Escambia County.