Category: Nature & Outdoors

Best Nature Hikes for Families in Southwest Florida

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Best Nature Hikes for Families in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida is home to so many wonderful nature preserves full of interesting plant life and animals. While these parks offer may a variety of learning experiences for kids, hiking as a family can often be tricky. That’s why I’ve outlined the best nature hikes for families in the area. Each of these hikes are …

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Things to Do In Sanibel Island’s Lighthouse Beach

Sanibel Lighthouse beach

Lighthouse beach is located at the eastern tip of Sanibel Island. This is one of the most scenic beaches in the island, not only is it home to the Sanibel Lighthouse but it also offers sweeping views of the San Carlos Bay and Fort Myers beach skyline as well as beautiful views of the Gulf …

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Guide To Visiting Rotary Park In Cape Coral

Rotary park mangrove preserve Cape Coral

Consisting of 97 acres, that includes mostly salt marsh, some upland and a lot of rock just under the surface, Rotary Park in Cape Coral is the result of funding from a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection stipulating the area be preserved. The preserved area can not be developed (that is why it …

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The Shell Factory: An Iconic Southwest Florida Attraction

zipline at the shell factory Fort Myers

When it comes to Southwest Florida family friendly attractions the Shell Factory & Nature Park has always been a favorite. The Shell Factory and Nature Park is one of Florida’s most iconic tourist attractions. Over its 76 year history (opened in 1938), the Shell Factory has survived numerous challenges to stay in business, from the re-direction …

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A Weekend Getaway In New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach view of the lighthouse from the beach

Just an hour away from Orlando and 20 minutes south of Daytona New Smyrna beach feels very far away from these tourist traps. What I found most interesting and alluring about this quaint coastal town is how it brings together art, history, a laid back surfer beach atmosphere and an unspoiled natural paradise. I was …

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The Everglades Wonder Gardens: Rediscovering A Historic Southwest Florida Roadside Attraction

Discovering the real natural Florida at the Everglades Wonder Gardens

Everglades Wonder Gardens is one of the few survivors of Florida’s  Golden Age of roadside attractions, these tourist stops where part of the folk character of Tamiami Trail and an important part of Southwest Florida History.  Now tucked away on the historic part of Bonita Springs on Old US 41, the Everglades Wonder Gardens was …

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Exploring the Natural Beauty of the St Johns River

barred owl

The St. Johns River is the longest river in Florida, spaning 310 miles it winds it’s way through twelve counties.  Often described as “lazy” the St Johns river has a flow rate of only 0.3 mph. Brimming with wildlife and natural beauty there is no better way to discover it’s secrets than traveling along this …

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Get Away From It All and Discover the Real Florida in West Volusia

Blue Springs Park Florida tubing in natural lazy river

Just a few minutes away from Orlando and Daytona Beach West Volusia County is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle and discover what natural Florida has to offer.  There are lots of things to do for families from swimming in it’s natural freshwater springs and getting up close and personal …

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Everglades Holiday Park: Experience the Excitement of the Eveglades & Save with Discount Coupons!

My family and I love exploring Florida. There is nothing better than learning about all the exciting and interesting things here in the sunshine state and making memories by getting to know our own back yard.  We specially love to learn more about the unique environments and the rich natural beauty of Florida.  Although the …

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History Meets Nature at Koreshan Historic Site in Estero

Koreshan State Historic Site bamboo forests

The Koreshan State park in Estero Florida is a great place to visit, whether you are coming from out of town or live in Southwest Florida this park has something for everyone.  This historic site maintains the heart of Koreshan settlement, a small town built by a religious sect that came to Florida more than 100 …

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