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Water Parks

Magical Mount Dora

Theme parks and excitement are what a holiday in Orlando is all about. But for many families, after a few days of the hustle and bustle of rides and parades, it’s time for a break. And where better than the sleepy town of Mount Dora? Mount Do...
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Historic Bok Sanctuary (2)

Tired of the hustle, bustle and noise of the theme parks? Why not try a peaceful half day at Historic Bok Sanctuary, home of the Bok Carillon Tower? The Sanctuary is off the 27. You turn left a few miles after the turn off for Cypress Gardens...
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GULF COAST DAY OUT

Many people who visit Orlando never see anything more than the parks. There is so much more to see and our personal favourite is the Gulf Coast. We start our day by driving to Clearwater and spend the morning on the beach and having a walk al...
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DeLeon Springs

For some beautiful natural Florida countryside, head out a little to DeLeon Springs - a beautiful state park an hour or so north of Orlando. One of Florida’s earliest ’resorts’, the springs were opened as a small tourist cen...
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Tarpon Springs - The Sponge Capital

Over on the Gulf Coast and an hour and a half away, Tarpon Springs is a delightful and historic town comprising new communities and old mansions blending together around waterways and bayous. The city, named after the tarpon fish which is fou...
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Winter Garden Village

Keen shoppers should take a trip to the new Winter Garden Village, just a short drive from the Orlando tourist area. The journey should take 20 - 30 minutes depending on your starting point. To get there take the 429 western beltway from Inte...
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Great Florida Birding Trail.

While holidaying in Florida, you may have heard of the Great Birding Trail; well what is it you ask? It was inspired by the Texas Birding Trail which was a pioneer in this kind of work. Initially their trails covered just the coastline, but n...
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A HISTORY OF INDIAN KEY

We know that the island of Indian Key was occupied for many thousands of years by the Indians until the invasion by the Spanish in the times of Ponce De Leon. After then, very few Indians remained. De Leon discovered a quick exit route by wa...
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The Amazing Killfish!

If you saw a fish in a tree, what would be your reaction? Would you think you were going mad? or that you had one too many last night? Well, if you are in Florida, then show no surprise at all since The mangrove killifish (rivulus marmoratus ...
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Grayton Beach

Grayton Beach State Park is situated in Walton County, mid way between Destin and Panama City Beach. This is yet another of the Gulf Coasts gorgeous white sandy beaches, with the added extra of a lovely lake, rolling sea oat dunes and good walking tr...
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GEORGE CRADY FISHING PIER

George Crady Bridge fishing pier was named after a state representative of the same name who was a keen supporter of the State Parks department. This park is located in Jacksonville on the Nassau / Ouval border and crosses tha Nassau Sound. T...
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GASPARILLA ISLAND

Gasparilla Island State Park is in Lee County on Floridas south west (Gulf) coast. It is near Boca Grande and is one of the chain of Gulf Coast barrier islands. According to Folklore, it was so named after a pirate called Jose Gaspar, who was...
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Travel Back InTime At Ted Smallwood’s Store - a Preserved Trading Post and Museum, Chokoloskee,

We discovered this treasure by accident and if you are interested in history and how an area evolved then it is a must. We had originally travelled to Everglades City for an airboat ride and afterwards went for a drive to find somewhere to get a drin...
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HENDERSON BEACH (2)

Henderson Beach State Park is situated east of Destin on the U. S 98 in Floridas Pan Handle. This park is named after the Henderson family, who lived here til 1983 and they were so keen to see this area preseved and protected that they sold it to the...
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A Walk On The Wild Side!

Any visitor to Central Florida cannot help noticing how much land remains undeveloped. For us thrills and excitement are not found at the theme parks but in this natural environment. Swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove is amazing but nowhere nea...
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Pine Island Beach

We have visited many of Florida’s beaches both on the east and west coasts. No beach has been as good as Pine Island. It is only 90 minutes from highway 192 in Orlando. To get to this beautiful beach you need to head north on highway 27 to Cl...
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Wildlife at Home

You don’t need to travel far to encounter wildlife in Florida. When we first looked at the plot for our villa, there were Sandhill Cranes around. Thankfully they stayed and I spent one of my most memorable times sitting quietly with them by the pond ...
Viewed 3413 times since 1 September 2008.

San Sebastian Winery – St Augustine

OK… so you’ve had a couple of days to enjoy the stunning architecture of St Augustine, together with its wonderful old buildings and Spanish fortifications. You’ve also had the opportunity to take one of the numerous trolley tours or ghost walks and ...
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

If you would like to take some time away from the theme parks of Orlando, an interesting alternative is Kennedy Space Center. Situated on Florida’s east coast, Kennedy Space Center is located about fifty minutes from Orlando’s theme parks. Viewed 3807 times since 1 September 2008.

An Introduction to the Space Coast

This is not an area that immediately springs to mind when visiting the Orlando area yet it is only 35 miles away on the Atlantic coast. Thousands upon thousands of tourist get within touching distance as they drive out to the Kennedy Space Center att...
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