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One of the pieces in the Superheroes on Parade Public Art Display at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Fla. This one pays homage to Star Trek's Dr. Spok.
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Things to do in Palmetto: See Where Four-Legged Heroes Train at Southeastern Guide Dogs

Four-legged heroes train at Southeastern Guide Dogs near Bradenton in Palmetto, Fla. You can take a look at how they go from cuddly puppies to disciplined dogs by visiting the Beyond the Dark experience.

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Statue of Jose Marti in Ybor City, Tampa, Fla.
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Here’s How to Legally Step Foot on Cuban Soil Without Leaving Florida

There’s a small plot of land in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood owned by the Cuban government. Yes, seriously. I mean, it’s Florida so anything’s really possible.

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Jorge Barreda Supervises Me as I Rinse Off Lou, the Matriarch African Elephant at Myakka Elephant Ranch in East Manatee County, Fla.
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Spa Day at Myakka Elephant Ranch in Florida

A spa day is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday and I arranged an indulgent encounter for a friend at one of the most unique spots in Florida, Myakka Elephant Ranch

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Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach, Fla., a Gun Shop, Firing Range, and Restaurant.
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Things to do in Daytona Beach: Take Aim at Volusia Top Gun

Conferences, getaways, and vacations are about trying something new and pushing boundaries. I did just that when I took aim at Volusia Top Gun in Daytona Beach. It’s a gun shop, indoor gun range, and restaurant.

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Honey Bees at Healthier to Go in Southwest Ranches, Fla., May 1, 2019
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How I Got Buzzed (by Bees) on My Birthday

Here is a tale of getting a buzz, by bees, on my birthday with an #Airbnb Experience. It was exhilarating yet a little scary, being surrounded by honeybees in Southwest Ranches near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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Florida Travel: Exotic Wildlife Refuge in Arcadia

How does Florida continue to surprise me? Earlier this spring I visited an exotic wildlife refuge in Arcadia, complete with lions, tigers, a bear, and more.

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Marsh Landing Adventures, St. Cloud
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5 Awesome Airboat Tours for Your Florida Vacation

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.

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Stepping into The Olive Grove in Brooksville, Fla.
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Florida Travel: Learning and Playing in The Olive Grove in Brooksville

When Dede and Cambren Davis visited Italy about a decade ago, they were inspired to plant an organic olive orchard today, they own The Olive Grove in Brooksville.

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Overlooking Dakin Dairy's Milking Operation, Myakka City, Fla.
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Florida Travel: A Mooo-velous Time at Dakin Dairy Farms

Where’s the best place to have a mooo-velous time in Florida? Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City! When a cup of creamy, chocolate milk spills, is it okay to cry? During a tour of Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City, it’s just what I wanted to do after knocking over my complimentary cup of chocolate milk while trying to snap the perfect photo for Instagram. Granted, it was about an ounce but it was mighty delicious.

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