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Florida, its more than Disney World

If you've ever visited Florida, you've probably gone to Disney World in Orlando. While Disney World is well worth visiting, there is a whole world outside it that is even more worthy of a visit. I have been visiting Florida for the last 15 years and done all the usual vacation stuff: theme parks, beaches, pools and plenty of eating out. But about 3 years ago I decided it was time to try something a little different. It started  when…

Seminole County Parks, Florida

Seminole Mills Park This is a 50-acre park located on Third Street north from Lake Mills Road in Southwest Seminole County near Chuluota. Lake Mills offers a unique up-close look at a mixed hardwood swamp. You’ll also find highlands thick with oak and pine at Lake Mills. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to see the wide range of the real, natural Florida. Views of Lake Mills Pavilions are invitingly located under the shade of 150 year old oak trees. There are…

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Jacksonville Florida

When thinking of Jacksonville, you may think of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguar’s, or the pretty river walk, but you have probably never heard of Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. This city park consists of 450 acres of forest, trails, a fresh water lake and a gorgeous beach. Who is Kathryn Abbey Hanna? Born in Chicago on November 5, 1895, Kathryn had served on the board of Parks and Historical Places. While she is remembered primarily as an educator and author of…

Tween Waters Inn In Captiva Island – A Quick Getaway

Tween Waters Inn in Captiva Island – A Quick Getaway

Needing a “breakation” and wanting a quick getaway, awe decided to go to Captiva Island for the weekend. There were 6 people in our party: my wife and I and our 4-year-old daughter, my mother-in-law and my wife’s grandparents. The Tween Waters Inn was the perfect place for my family because we were able to get a small suite that easily handled our group, offering 2 double beds and a pull out couch. I had read about the legendary Tween…

Flamingo Gardens – An Old Florida Hidden Gem

Flamingo Gardens – An old Florida Hidden Gem

Are you looking for something to do that is family friendly and does not cost you an arm and a leg. Then you might want to consider Flamingo Gardens in Davie Florida. I had a chance to spend an afternoon with my family and we have lots of fun, from the Wildlife Encounter Shows, Narrated Tram Tours, Botanical Gardens, Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, Museum, and well stocked Gift Shop. WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER SHOWS We headed right away to the live presentations featuring…

Florida Bucket List

Florida Bucket List

We are all familiar with this concept of the bucket list, it’s a list of things to do before you bite the big one, an inevitable fate we all must come to grips with, but why be down about it, instead be like thousands of Americans each year and get out there and complete that list. All those long anticipated activities that you just never quite got around to, but always wanted to do. But what if you don’t exactly…

Blowing Rocks Preserve Jupiter Island

Blowing Rocks Preserve Jupiter Island

A person emailed me about Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island Florida and it has been a long time since I have been there.  Its a great place to watch nature at work, with blowing and slashing water. The preserve was named for its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline – the largest on the U.S. Atlantic coast. During extreme high tides and after winter and summer storms, seas break against the rocks and force plumes of saltwater up to 50 feet…

Key Largo Hilton Grande

Key Largo Hilton Grande

I found this video of the Key Largo Hilton Grande which is one my favorite resorts in Key Largo.  Nestled along the southern boundaries of the Everglades National Park, Hilton Key Largo Resort offers inspired accommodations. This is a true tropical- island paradise, where memorable experiences await. Located less than one hour south of Miami, this exotic Key Largo hotel and resort offers extensive nature trails, a private white- sand beach, exciting water sports, and unparalleled sunsets. Watch this video…

Top Five Things To Do In Key Largo

Top Five Things to Do in Key Largo

Key Largo is a famous Island in the Florida Keys. Its the first Island on your way down to Key West.  I always enjoy coming to this Island and the surrounding Islands of Tavernier and Islamorada which is called the Upper Keys by the locals.  My favorite activities for the Upper Keys are the following: 1. Swimming with the Dolphins Key Largo Tour, 2. Scuba Diving the Beautiful Coral Reefs 3. Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center 4. John Pennekamp…

Pro – Am Florida Golf Tournaments

Pro – Am Florida Golf Tournaments

You may have read my review of PGA National Resort and Spa and I mentioned within the article about their professional golf courses they had on the property. I wrote how I have never played a round of golf but wanted to go PGA National to learn how to stroke the clubs. But if you are competitive, you may want to find out what tournaments are out there in Florida for you. Here is blog post from Tim McDonald. He…