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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Sarasota 900 South Palm, Sarasota, Florida Www. selby. org 941 366 5731 What will you find there? •Rare and beautiful orchids in the Tropical Conservatory •Bonsai Exhibi...
Viewed 536 times since 6 May 2018.

Dinner Cruise on St Johns River Sanford

Most people only ever visit Sanford when they fly in and out of Orlando. In fact it' s the last place they want to visit as it normally is going home time . But Sanford itself is a great little place to visit as part of a Dinner Cruise...
Viewed 4720 times since 25 March 2015.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

On our recent February visit to Florida we took the opportunity to revisit Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We had been here many years ago when our children were younger and went body boarding at the beach. The refuge roads, various trails a...
Viewed 1777 times since 28 February 2015.

Paddleboard at Kelly Springs

If you fancy doing something different, away from the theme parks that isn’t expensive and will also help shed a few calories you’ve put on eating the massive restaurant portions, I can recommend paddle boarding. You can get sessions for about $30 pe...
Viewed 2593 times since 11 January 2015.

Hire a Pontoon and Sail the St John River

If you want a lovely relaxing day away from the theme parks then something I would recommend is hiring a pontoon boat and sailing the St Jonh River. We found this place by pure chance, I love hummingbirds and while searching for somew...
Viewed 2454 times since 11 January 2015.

Bilmar Beach Resort and Sloppy Joes

When we stay at the Thunderbird Motel at Treasure Island we often visit the Bilmar which is next door located on the same wonderful sandy beach. The Bilmar is quite a large resort and there appear to be weddings on the beach there eve...
Viewed 1736 times since 7 January 2015.

Cristmas Canal cruises at Punta Gorda

If you are staying in the Rotonda West area in December one of the best trips to really get you in the Christmas spirit is to take a boat trip from Fisherman’s Village, Punta Gorda. Boat trips can be taken all year round but for many years the boats ...
Viewed 1943 times since 17 December 2014.

Tips for visiting Premium Outlets Ellenton

If you have a day to spare and fancy a ride to shop or are just keen to fit in as much shopping as possible I would recommend a trip to Premium Shopping Outlets at Ellenton which is just off junction 224 of the I75 south as it proceeds to Naples. Viewed 1940 times since 4 January 2014.

Kayaking on Lemon Bay to the Hidden Lagoon

Not being an experienced kayaker it was with some trepidation I agreed to go and experience, once again, this little known water sport. I have only been in a kayak once before and that was on the River Thames, a very busy river and as the kay...
Viewed 2090 times since 28 December 2013.

Mirror Lake - a guided tour.

Lake Mirror, is a pretty Lake in Lakeland! It is roughly a half mile to walk round (Lakeland is roughly mid way between Orlando and Tampa and about three quarters of an hour from your holiday villa) Lake Mirror sits at the heart of Lakeland and surel...
Viewed 1807 times since 13 September 2013.

A new town to visit - Gainseville

If you have been to the resort area many times or are simply having an extended stay in Florida you may fancy an overnight side trip during your stay. Now your first thoughts may very well veer in the direction of a night at the beach (and jo...
Viewed 1702 times since 13 September 2013.

Lake Louisa State Park

We know most people’s image of Orlando is Walt Disney World, Universal Studios or one of the many shopping malls! However, there are some hidden gems to be found in the Sunshine State and one of these is Clermont´s best kept secret…. . Lake Louisa St...
Viewed 1764 times since 1 August 2013.

Special events at Busch

You all know about Busch Gardens, right? It is that lovely family theme park 8 miles north west of downtown Tampa and about an hour or so easy drive from your Orlando vacation home. And the good news is that Busch have an added extra o...
Viewed 1416 times since 2 July 2013.

International Drive - Part 3 - Pointe Orlando Center

Pointe Orlando is a shopping and night club complex on International Drive which also houses a huge Imax multi-screen cinema in which the largest screen cinema has a giant screen several stories high included which usually shows the most popular film...
Viewed 2438 times since 8 December 2012.

International Drive - Part 2

After the Conference Centre and luxury hotels on International Drive, you will arrive at some very up-market restaurants, one of the best is the Ming Chinese Restaurant or at the entrance to Pointe Orlando there is Maggiano’s Italian restaurant. Also...
Viewed 2539 times since 8 December 2012.

International Drive - Part 1

If anybody tells you that you don’t want to go to International Drive because it is like Blackpool, take it with a pinch of salt. International Drive starts a few miles before Sea World and Aquatica Water Theme Park and carries on northwa...
Viewed 2807 times since 8 December 2012.

Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida

Fancy doing something other than visiting theme parks whilst in Florida. . . . . or is the beach a tad too hot for you. . . . then try a few hours of culture at the Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg. Take a look at their website for opening times...
Viewed 2136 times since 17 August 2012.

The Trolley Tours at St Augustine: Ripleys.

If you ever make a side trip to St Augustine (and you should. . . it is great) then you will want to know the best way to get around this historical city. As you know, St Augustine is where Ponce De Leon is thought to have landed in his q...
Viewed 2658 times since 26 March 2012.

The Trolley Tours at St Augustine: Old Town.

So, we have now explored Ripleys guided tours of that lovely Florida city called St Augustine, so now let us look at Old Town Trolley Tours. This tour company started with a converted bread truck and trailer. Well I am pleased to say that...
Viewed 2772 times since 26 March 2012.

An overview of Florida Eco Safaris.

Florida Eco Safaris is located in Forever Florida, an area of stunning natural habitat in St Cloud. This area is being preserved to remain just as nature intended and gives you a real feel of Florida as it has been for centuries (before W...
Viewed 2471 times since 27 February 2012.

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