thanksgiving in florida

5th January 2015

el galeon ship in port canaveral, florida

Where: Merritt Island and Palm Beach, Florida

When: November

With: Husband, parents and friends

I’m lucky enough to have parents who live in Florida–which means when we visit for the holidays, we escape the beginnings of New York’s winter and land in warm, humid climates down south. This isn’t something I appreciated when I lived there (who wants to sweat ALL year round?) but, now, it’s something I look forward to.

This year, we spent our first day in town exploring El Galeón, a replica of a 16th century European ship. It was a little chillier than I was expecting..

el galeon ship in port canaveral, florida

Thankfully, the sun returned in time for Thanksgiving, which we spent at home with my parents and friends.

pops in merritt island, florida

In recent years, we’ve been lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving with two friends from my childhood in California, who have been living nearby in Gainesville. It’s such a treat to get to see my parents and friends I’ve known for two decades at the same time!

friends thanksgiving merritt island, florida, space coast

thanksgiving dinner in merritt island, florida - space coast

We spent the afternoon practicing our cornhole skills. (The UF crew was a little more seasoned than us.)

friends thanksgiving in merritt island, florida space coast

This year, my parents were invited to a wedding in Palm Beach the Saturday following Thanksgiving. We took the opportunity to tag along and explore a new city. I’m so glad we did! We were lucky enough to find even warmer temperatures and awesome beach views. We even ran in to a few other New Yorkers!

palm trees in palm beach, florida southern florida

palm trees at the breakers hotel in palm beach, florida southern florida

breakers hotel in palm beach, florida southern florida

beach outside the breakers hotel in palm beach, florida southern florida

beach outside the breakers hotel in palm beach, florida southern florida

church in palm beach, florida southern florida

decorated christmas tree in palm beach, florida southern florida

Now I understand the lure of Palm Beach… Warm, sunny, and old-Florida-rich. It makes for a peaceful and slightly more glam getaway than I’m used to.

Are there any towns in Florida you guys like to visit? I’m hoping to make it to St. Augustine next!

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