Category: Nature & Outdoors

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

Rookery Bay

  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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Sanibel Sea School: Teaching Kids to Fall In Love With the Ocean

During our recent trip to South Seas Island Resort my children had the opportunity to attend Sanibel Sea School free as part of a press trip. Dedicated to teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems Sanibel Sea School is located in Sanibel Island with a second campus inside the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva.  The …

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Blueberry Picking at Berry Best Farms

I have been attempting to go berry picking since I moved to Southwest Florida 11 years ago. This past week I received a tip that Berry Best Farms expanded their picking hours due to their large crop of sun ripened organic blueberries. I, at last, jumped at the opportunity. With the promise of a fresh baked blueberry pie for …

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Family Fun in Paradise at South Seas Island Resort

When I was growing up we enjoyed many of our family vacations at our beach house.  My most cherished memories are of those days spent collecting seashells, playing in the pool and drinking coconut water right out of the coconut.  At night we chased fireflies, went out with our flashlights to look for crabs or …

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Celebrates Grand Reopening

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Gran Reopening Festival took place this past weekend welcoming the community to it’s brand new 21-acre nature experience.  The two day festival served both as the official opening of the new Nature Center, the culmination of a 20 million dollar project, and as a celebration of Earth Day.     …

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