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    Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    I'll be going to Savannah and Tampa and returning thru Savannah. Any suggestions for photo opportunities while at these locations? I'll have my 8x10 with B&W film as well as my digital camera. Accompanying me will be my ever patient wife. This will be my first photo outing for a while so I'm really stoked.
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    Re: Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    Forsyth Park in Savanah.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forsyth_Park

    On the way to Tampa, the coquina rocks in the Marineland area just south of St. Augustine.
    https://www.floridastateparks.org/le...-coquina-rocks

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    Re: Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    I would check out:

    Little Talbot State Park Boneyard Beach
    https://www.floridastateparks.org/pa...and-state-park

    The Beach at Washington Oaks
    http://www.washingtonoaks.org

    And then rent a canoe and take the 7 mile spring run down the Weeki Wachee
    https://weekiwachee.com

    That should keep you busy for a while and your wife will enjoy it too.

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    Re: Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    The beach at Washington Oaks is frequently closed. Check before going. It’s also many miles from both Savannah and Tampa.
    For Savannah, if old urbanscapes are to your liking, all of downtown is fascinating. Be careful parking - they love to write tickets. If marshes are what you want, there are lots of areas east of town towards the beach and in the more rural counties to the south. There’s also Ft. Pulaski.

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    Re: Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    Quote Originally Posted by j.e.simmons View Post
    The beach at Washington Oaks is frequently closed. Check before going. It’s also many miles from both Savannah and Tampa.
    For Savannah, if old urbanscapes are to your liking, all of downtown is fascinating. Be careful parking - they love to write tickets. If marshes are what you want, there are lots of areas east of town towards the beach and in the more rural counties to the south. There’s also Ft. Pulaski.
    Great suggestion.
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    Re: Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    As well as Pulaski theres Fort Jackson which is even older than Pulaski dating back to Revolutionary War times.
    Your wife may enjoy the many galleries in Savannah as well, one we stopped at long ago had some splendid platinum prints for sale. The stores and restaurants on the riverfront are really good, the candy store one of my favorite places there. Try to find a place to get a low country boil for dinner one night.

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    Re: Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    Fernandina with nearby Bosque Cemetery and Ft Clinch . From there, a short drive to Big Talbot Isl; but its a bit of a walk to the beach.
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    Re: Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Beasley View Post
    As well as Pulaski theres Fort Jackson which is even older than Pulaski dating back to Revolutionary War times.
    Your wife may enjoy the many galleries in Savannah as well, one we stopped at long ago had some splendid platinum prints for sale. The stores and restaurants on the riverfront are really good, the candy store one of my favorite places there. Try to find a place to get a low country boil for dinner one night.
    My wife is an artist so we are looking forward to visiting some galleries. We are staying within walking distance of the river.
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    Re: Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    In the Tampa area, Ybor City is a neighborhood that has undergone restoration back to the turn of the 20th century look and feel when it was home to dozens of cigar factories and a hangout for Cuban revolutionaries. There's a lot of dive bars, and some interesting urban decay on the fringes if that's your thing. There's also an actual street car that runs through Ybor City and takes you down to downtown Tampa (and by streetcar I mean one that runs on rails and has power from overhead cables, not just a bus tarted up to look like a streetcar). A reasonably short drive away is downtown St. Petersburg, which has an art festival many weekend, and lots of good restaurants along the waterfront. Maybe 20-30 minutes from downtown St. Pete is Fort Desoto State Park, which has artillery batteries built to protect Tampa Bay from a perceived Spanish threat during the Spanish-American war. Also a great spot if you're using some tiny format or digital format cameras for wildlife - there are TONS of birds from pelicans to ospreys to egrets and other wading birds. On your way to or from the Tampa area from Savannah, depending on what route you take, on the eastern side of Florida there's a couple bodies of water - Blue Cypress Lake and the Stick Marsh - which are also terrific for bird watching. Blue Cypress has hundreds of nesting pairs of ospreys. There are spoonbills in the Stick Marsh, as well as ospreys and other water birds, and of course gators are everywhere. It's also a good spot to go bass fishing if that's up your alley. My folks live in Vero Beach, so I've explored the area a bit when I've visited them.

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    Re: Need suggestions for Savannah GA and Tampa FL

    If you’re following the coast south from Savannah check out the driftwood beach at Jekyll Island. Good restaurants there as well.

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