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Florida Botanical Gardens

Just a few miles to the south of Clearwater lies the town of Largo (not to be mistaken for its better known namesake – Key Largo! ). This where the Florida Botanical Gardens are to be found, and if you are looking for somewhere to spend a leisurely a...
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Siesta Key

During our 3rd visit to Florida in May 2008 since having our daughter, we decided to spend some time at the beach. There are hundreds of beautiful beaches in Florida to choose from. Previously we have visited Blind Pass and Stump Pass near Rotonda, w...
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Waterfront Park Historic Kissimmee

As you pass under the arch for Historic Kissimmee you leave the tourist world behind and enter a Historic Town which was once a trading post on the shore of Lake Tohopekaliga, then known as Allendale. In 1883, 33 citizens voted to call it Kissimmee C...
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Our Everglades Experience – Part IV

Back at the entrance I located a tri-coloured heron fishing in a ditch and was just in the process of photographing it when I was alerted to the fact that I was being approached from behind by an eight-foot alligator. It had decided to move from one ...
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Our Everglades Experience – Part III

We still felt slightly unsure about whether we should be there, or whether The Rod and Gun Club was just for members, but within a few minutes a waitress approached us with some menus and asked if we wanted anything to drink. We gave our order and we...
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Our Everglades Experience – Part II

We knew that our two-night stay would not exactly be five star accommodation (nothing like the beautiful villa we had been staying in whilst in Orlando) but it was comfortable enough and the staff were friendly. If you are thinking of booking accommo...
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Our Everglades Experience – Part I

It was a warm Tuesday morning in early April when we embarked on our mini adventure to the wetlands of Florida. There was a certain amount of apprehension to begin with, as this was our first experience of driving on American roads, but that soon dis...
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Key West – Glass Bottomed Boat Tour

While on a recent visit to the Florida Keys my wife and I took the opportunity to experience two ‘glass bottomed’ boat tours. The first excursion we booked was in Key West itself and on this occasion we opted for a trip on a twin-hulled boat,...
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The Delights of Mount Dora

Our intention was to drive for no more than an hour from our base just south of Clermont and find a lakeside retreat where we could enjoy a relaxing afternoon. After looking through our road maps we plumped for Mount Dora, which is situated i...
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Key Largo - Glass Bottomed Boat

Whilst staying in Key Largo recently we decided to try out the locally advertised glass bottomed boat trip. We had intended to take the tour that starts in the John Pennecamp State Park, but on telephoning we found that, although they would ‘...
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Arcadia – deSoto County

Tucked away east of Charlotte County where the majority of Gulf Coast homes are found within the community of Rotonda, Englewood is the county of deSoto. The county is named after the Spanish explorer Hernando deSoto; Hernando County also tak...
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Fort Christmas – a touch of Pioneering Florida

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be a pioneer in the United States then take a visit to Fort Christmas. Way back on Christmas Day (hence the name) in 1837, 2000 US Army Soldiers and Alabama volunteers arrived to build a fort. Only 200 fort...
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Marie Selby Botanical Garden

If you are staying in the Sarasota area on the Gulf coast, it is described as number one by Florida Monthly readers and Country Living Gardener Magazine and is also number one in the top ten of ’ Must Do’ s in Sarasota’ by the Saras...
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NATURAL BRIDGE BATTLEFIELD

Natural Bridge Battlefield is situated off State Route 363, six miles east of Woodville on Natural Bridge Road. It is in Tallahassee. This is the site of one of the most heroic civil war battles in Florida. This took place in 1865 in early ma...
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Englewood Beach

Just minutes from Rotonda, the beaches of Englewood offer the best beaches we have seen during our Florida trips. First time visitors to the west coast meant that we would be spending time relaxing and soaking up some of the warm Florida sun. Viewed 3849 times since 1 September 2008.

The Greek Sponge Diving Town of Tarpon Springs

One interesting day out we had was to Tarpon Springs which is located on the coast about 20 miles north of Tampa. It is a Greek sponge diving town and really does have a Mediterranean flavour about it. Head for the Sponge Docks, park in any o...
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Mount Dora

The large, beautiful lake which the town overlooks is named after Dora Ann Drawdy (1819-1885). In 1846, Federal Surveyors named the lake " Lake Dora" after her, and in 1883, the small but growing town was named after the lake. Today, Mount ...
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Experience a Shuttle Launch!

My secret ambition would have been to be an astronaut … one of my favourite films is Apollo 13. Having grown up as a young child watching Neil Armstrong land on the moon I guess my opportunity has long gone! ! ! But the Shuttle Launch Experience give...
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Pick your own citrus and taste the difference!

Imagine waking to another glorious sunny day in Florida, sipping some sweet fresh orange juice on your pool deck, and enjoying some ruby red grapefruit for breakfast that you have picked and chosen yourselves from the trees and groves – what a wonder...
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NASA Kennedy Space Centre

The NASA Kennedy space centre is located on the east coast of Florida near the World famous Cocoa Beach. The drive the space centre is around 1 hour from the centre of Orlando. Getting there could not be easier as the main freeway takes you directly ...
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