Category Archive: Nature & Outdoors

National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay – Free Admission!

For generations people have traveled to and settled along the Southwest Florida’s Coast to be near the water ways that spill into the Gulf of Mexico. On Saturday, September 28th the country will once again celebrate the amazing habitats nestled at the meeting point of river and sea at 28 different estuarine research reserves across …

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The Ringling Brothers Center for Elephant Conservation: Making a Difference

Disclosure: We received an invitation to visit the The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation and our travel and accommodations where provided. However all opinions are sincere and are my own. When you think of Asian elephants and Ringling Bros. the image of them performing probably comes to mind. But what you …

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Key West Express, the Best Way to Travel from Southwest Florida to the Keys

We visited the Florida Keys two years ago and although the drive across the overseas highway is truly beautiful this time around we where looking for a more convenient and quicker way to get there and boy did we find it!  We boarded the Key West express from Fort Myers Beach and in less than …

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South Seas Island Resort Offers Romantic Escape For Fall

With summer slowly disappearing over the horizon and school back in session for most students, parents may be longing for a few nights away in paradise. I know I am!  Nothing like getting away from it all to relax and recharge our batteries. So I am really excited to share with my readers this awesome …

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Tampa With Kids: Getting Close and Personal With Animals At the Lowry Park Zoo

Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets to visit the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, one of the best family zoos in the US for families. However all opinions are sincere and are my own.   Just a couple of hours away from Southwest Florida the Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is considered one of the best family …

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A Chilling Good Time At SeaWorld’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins

I was provided with press tickets to SeaWorld so I could share my experience at SeaWorld’s newest attraction Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins. However all opinions are sincere and are my own.    Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is SeaWorld’s newest attraction and we could not wait to experience this icy adventure which combines penguin …

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Rookery Bay: Showcasing Southwest Florida’s Natural Beauty

  Southwest Florida is blessed with a pristine coastal ecosystem brimming with remarkable creatures and breathtaking scenery.  Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the Rookery Bay Estuarine National Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America.  The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning …

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Tampa With Kids: The Best Way To See the City Is From the Water

On our recent trip to Tampa with the kids we received free tickets to a sightseeing cruise aboard one of Tampa Water Taxi Co.’s boats.    Tampa is a one of  the most picturesque harbors in Florida  and it’s waterfront is filled with beautiful hotels, homes, museums, shipyards and many other attractions.  As we looked …

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Carnaval del Mar a Celebration of Nature and Latino Culture at the Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa celebrated it’s first annual Carnaval del Mar this past weekend and I received complimentary tickets to attend the festivities as part of a press trip.This is part of of my series of articles: Tampa With Kids.    We had visited the Florida Aquarium a couple of times in the past …

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Cayo Costa: An Island of Enchanting Natural Beauty

Cayo Costa also known as La Costa Island, a barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, has some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida and is considered one of the best places for shelling in the world. Nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks and mangrove swamps make this barrier …

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