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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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Address: White Springs, FL 32096
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Hands down best campground!

We are almost 5 hours away so have only heard about but never seen the famous December lights that I have been reading about for years. Scored a campsite for 4 nights and our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
MaeHem50
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Merritt Island, Florida
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Merritt Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are almost 5 hours away so have only heard about but never seen the famous December lights that I have been reading about for years. Scored a campsite for 4 nights and our little family was off to White Springs! This campground is clean and the sites are huge with at least half of them being pull though. We... More 

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St Augustine FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really liked the park. It was beautifully decorated for the holidays and park staff were quite friendly. The dioramas and exhibits were excellently done. But the depiction of slavery as rather benign made me a little squeamish. Same with the parade of "Jeannies". Info about Foster and how he wrote songs, particularly Swanee River, were the best.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit and is pet friendly. The holiday Christmas parade is Friday December 2nd and kicks off the month long holiday lights display. Fun campfire activities along with marshmallows on a stick and free popcorn. Good family fun all around. My museum is small but interesting. The park and clock tower is worth the trip. Go at dusk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Really fun place to go. There is alot of stuff. You can rent canoes, go swimming, camping, hiking, and etc.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is a good place to read about the history of Stephen Foster. It was interesting to read that Stephen Foster was going to use a different river’s name in his Suwannee River song. There are some exhibits and pictures depicting the period, antique pianos, and dioramas showing some idealistic scenes of the times. Another building houses a large carillon... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

As other reviewers have already noted, the park is beautifully laid out, with a nice museum housed in an antebellum style mansion. There is also an extensive campground with a few cabins and of course there is the magnificent Suwannee River.

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Thank MrEdnWilbur
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We camped (14-foot toy hauler) at Stephen Foster as part of our transcontinental road trip from Oakland CA to Bradenton Beach Florida. It was an unexpected treasure. Camp ground was clean with wide, spacious sites. We utilized a pull through with water and electricity because we were there only one night. However, the park was so intriguing that we stayed... More 

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Longwood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Sitting outside on the first day of October in a very quiet, clean campground! Visited all the attractions in the park and took a 6 mile hike in the woods today! I'd have to say this is one of the prettiest state parks we've stayed in. Our campsite is very secluded, #5, perfect for our two dogs. My only recommendation... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

You want to see many old pianos? And hear nice melodies from an old era? The museum honoring Stephen Foster will provide both.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Stephen Foster romanticized the Swanee River valley and the life along its languid river banks. This state park and cultural center allows one to step back in time and experience the reality. The cultural center in a kind of "faux" antebellum style is mostly paintings, diaramas, and pianos. The real experience is the state park itself and the beautiful Swanee... More 

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