Indianapolis Journals

Road Trip to Florida

A March 2004 trip to Indianapolis by tina Haflett

Mammoth Cave National Park Photo, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky More Photos
Quote: My family and I drove from Indianapolis to Daytona. Along the way we stoped in Cave City, and stayed the night in Chattanooga. While in Florida we drove back and worth to Jacksonville and to Universal Studios. On the way home we stayed the night in Atlanta.
Atlantic Terrace Photo, Daytona Beach, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Jacksonville was only a 1 hour and a half drive. Orlando was only one hour. Ponce De Leon inlet Lighthouse was about a 10-minute drive. Best Things About the Resort:The resort is right on the beach at and the rooms are HUGE! The resort offers free bikes to ride on the beach. Resort Experience:The resort staff is there on certain hours. We checked in on a Saturday and did not see any resort staff until Wednesday. The resort still uses keys instead of card entry. The gates to the beach and even the keys to the room were very hard open. The rooms are huge and have very beautiful decor. We had a room on that step out onto the pool area....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 2, 2004

Atlantic Terrace
3629 S. Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida
(386) 767-6447

Mammoth Cave National Park

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Attraction | "Mammoth Cave"

Mammoth Cave National Park Photo, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
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Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world, with more than three hundred and thirty five miles of mapped passages. We've done the Discovery Tour through which you visit one of the largest rooms in Mammoth Cave, explore a large canyon passage, talk with park rangers and learn about 19th Century mining operations and the geologic origins of Mammoth Cave. You descend and climb one stairway with more than 60 steps. This was a half an hour 3/4 mile tour. The Frozen Niagara Tour was one of my favorites. In this tour you'll ride a bus to the entrance, explore huge pits and domes and view decorative dripstone formations, including stalactites and stalagmites. You must descend approximately 300 steps...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 2, 2004

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky 42259
(270) 758-2180

Incline Railway

Attraction | "Chattanooga Incline Railway"

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This is called "America's Most Amazing Mile." The trolley like rail car climbs Lookout Mountain. It is the steepest passenger railway in the world. The free observation deck at the Lookout Mountain Station is the highest overlook on the mountain. There is something for everyone! My kids loved the Candy Connection and the Snack Bar. They bought souvenirs from the Gift Shops at both stations. They played in the Mile High Arcade at the Lookout Mountain station observation deck, and had hand-dipped ice cream from the Ice Cream Depot at the St. Elmo station.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 2, 2004

Incline Railway
Lower Station - 3917 St. Elmo Ave.
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37350
(423) 629-1411

Indianapolis Zoo

Attraction | "Zoo Atlanta"

Indianapolis Zoo Photo, Indianapolis, Indiana
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We enjoyed a picnic in the park. Then went into the zoo. The zoo has live animal shows and beautiful exhibits featuring animals in their natural habitats. There is a train that will get you around the zoo. My kids loved the goats and enjoy the playgrounds. Zoo Atlanta began a multi-million-dollar habitat redevelopment in 1985 to provide zoo animals with naturalistic environments simulating their native homes. The zoo's collection consists of nearly 1,000 specimens, representing 250 species of animals from all over the world, living in natural environments. One of my favorite exhibits is the giant pandas. Lun Lun and Yang Yang are so cute and fun to watch. Another favorite is the orangut...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 2, 2004

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W. Washington St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46222
(317) 630-2187

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Attraction | "Ponce de Leon Lighthouse"

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Photo, Ponce Inlet, Florida
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The lighthouse is complete with its original lighthouse keeper buildings. This is one of the few lighthouses in the U.S. to have all of its original buildings still standing. The compound includes three original keepers’ homes that are now museums, a tugboat and a entrance building. Climb to the top of the lighthouse’s 203 steps for a panoramic view of the Ponce de Leon Inlet’s. The climb up and down the spiral staircase was a little scary.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2004

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
4931 South Peninsula Drive
Ponce Inlet, Florida 32127
(386) 761-1821

Universal Studios Florida

Attraction | "Universal Studios"

Universal Studios Florida Photo, Orlando, Florida
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I love Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The lines are well-shaded and have mist fans along with TV monitors to keep you entertained. At Islands of adventure my favorite ride is Spiderman! Spiderman is a 3- D interactive motion ride. Hulk coaster is another must! Escape from a T-Rex in Jurassic Park. Poseidons Fury is truly scary, try to escape from this Ancient temple. Get drenched on Dudley Do Right’s Falls and Popey’s Barge. Ride on a couch through the pages of Cat in the Hat. Universal Studios has Shrek 4-D, Back to the Future, ET, Men in Black, Jaws, Twister, Terminator, and Earthquake.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 5, 2004

Universal Studios Florida
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 363 8000

Daytona Beach

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Daytona Beach at low tide is up to 500 feet wide. Spend a day at the beach relaxing in the sun. My family and I enjoyed riding bikes up and down the beach and boogey boarding the surf. We also built sandcastles, played ball and went shelling.

From May 1 through October 31, the sea turtles emerge from the surf at night to lay their eggs in nests dug into the dry sand; then they return to the sea. Two months later, about a hundred baby turtles or hatchlings emerge from each of these nests and crawl to the ocean. Volusia County has taken several steps to protect these gentle creatures. This is a great time to visit and watch this great act of nature!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2004

Daytona Beach
Daytona
Daytona Beach, Florida

Ruby Falls

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Ruby Falls is America's highest underground waterfall.The entrance building looks like a castle. A short elevator ride takes you into the cavern. Inside the cavern there are stalactites and stalagmites. The walkway is four blocks and leads to the waterfall. The waterfall is 145 ft. tall. You can walk behind the waterfall and look straight up at it. Tickets are 12.95 for ages 13 and up. Ages 2-12 are 5.95. Under 2 is free. My kids loved inside the cavern and getting to walk behind the waterfall.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2004

Ruby Falls
1720 Scenic Hwy
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37409
423/821-2544