Racing through marshy and grassy areas in an airboat and spotting alligators seems to top the list of things to do for tourists during a Florida vacation. Heck, even after living in the Sunshine State for more than two decades, I still enjoy the thrill of zipping and spinning over marshy areas at speeds up to 45 mph and admiring flora and fauna.
Cooler temperatures mean it is manatee viewing season in Florida. The state has several seasonal warm-water manatee gathering areas and one of my favorite spots is Lee County’s Manatee Park in Fort Myers.
One of the things I love about Florida is the rich history. Recently, I spent an afternoon walking in the steps of the Calusa at the Randell Research Center in Pineland. There, they have nurtured the Calusa Heritage Trail.
Europe has centuries-old castles, Asia has sacred temples, and the United States has our National Park System. As filmmaker Ken Burns said of them, they are “America’s best idea.” How is the government shutdown affecting our national parks?
Birds of a feather flock together, at least that’s how the saying goes. Floridians embrace the native wildlife. For those who appreciate the Sunshine State’s fauna, here’s a short list of the best festivals celebrating Florida wildlife.
Recently, I took a nostalgic trip to a place I once called home and I can confirm, yes, Flamingo is open in Everglades National Park. After many hurricanes and aging infrastructure, work is not done but one company has taken the destination under its wing to make it something magnificent.
Oh, how I love jumping into an adventure. In October, I drove up to South Carolina and followed some memorable pathways with my favorite travel companion by my side. My dog Radcliff. One of my stops was Congaree National Park.
A recent conference allowed me to discover South Carolina and visit the amazing Pearl Fryar Topiary Garde, a true yard of dreams. “If you build it they will come,” is a whisper out of an Iowa cornfield in the fictional movie Field of Dreams. I am not sure if he was inspired by a whisper but in Bishopville, S.C., Mr. Pearl Fryar built a home with a stunning topiary yard in a former corn field.
Y’all know I’m all about bragging rights and when I was home in August, my sister and I went zip lining off Buffalo’s grain elevators at Buffalo RiverWorks and it was freaking exhilarating!
Are mermaids only found in fantasies or do they exist? About an hour’s drive north of Tampa is the city of Weeki Wachee and home to Weeki Wachee Springs where mermaids gracefully perform and delight visitors. The city was incorporated in 1966 and as of the 2010 census, the population is 12 residents. Robyn Anderson, the Weeki Wachee’s mayor, is a former mermaid and the municipality calls itself “the only city of live mermaids.”
Enjoy the outdoors with these 8 finds from ICAST 2018 or consider this your holiday gift guide for the outdoorsy person in your life.
“Stalactites hang down like tights on a clothing line,” I remember my mom telling me sometime during my childhood. When it was time for college, I began as a communications major and ended with a bachelor’s degree in rocks and dirt, otherwise known as earth science.
Looking for a place to reconnect either with yourself, family, or friends? I’ve found it at Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center in Milton, Fla., about a 35-minute drive northeast of Pensacola.
Who heads to the beach on a Monday evening? This gal. It’s so #TravelprAna. And if you live within a stone’s throw to a beach, I highly recommend you take advantage of an evening seaside stroll for a good dose of Vitamin Sea. For some strange reason, the beach has been reserved for the weekends to unwind from the workweek. But I say, carpe diem and dip those toes in the sand.
Legos are one of those timeless toys. Making something out of a pile of plastic bricks sparks creativity and innovation. Like me, I’m sure you have memories of Legos, whether it was building something with a friend, sibling, parent, or child, or stepping on a single brick on the living room floor with your barefoot. Relive all those brick-tastic memories with a visit to LEGOLAND Florida.