Category Archive: Nature & Outdoors

The Shell Factory: An Iconic Southwest Florida Attraction

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

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

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

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

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

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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Rabbit Run Farm: Heirloom and Specialty Produce in Fort Myers

Located in Fort Myers Rabbit Run Farm is the place to go if you are looking for fresh local produce. Here you will find a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs that are available anywhere else in Southwest Florida. Well known by the area’s chef’s this gem is still unknown to many people. I first …

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Three Books That Teach Kids About Florida Ecosystems

I was provided with a copy of An Afternoon in Mosquito Lagoon, A New Home For An Old Friend – Responsible Aquarium Stewardship, and The Mangrove Tree Top to Bottom, Bottom to Top . However all opinions are my own. We love living in Southwest Florida and one of our favorite things, besides the wonderful climate, …

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Discovering Key West’s Natural Beauty With Fury Key West Water Adventures

When people think about taking a trip to the Florida Keys they usually think of going out to bars and restaurants or enjoying the street performers and artist on Mallory Square during the sunset celebration. But few people get to see the natural side of Key West.  Key West and the Florida Keys in general …

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