Category: Nature & Outdoors

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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Three Books That Teach Kids About Florida Ecosystems

The Mangrove Tree

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

fury key west commotion of the ocean sailboat

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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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

baby elephant

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

Key West Express

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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