Discover a Secret Island in Grant, Florida

Discover a Secret Island in Grant, Florida

The Indian River Lagoon is the most bio-diverse lagoon in the Northern Hemisphere and an indispensable refuge to the nearly one million neighboring Central Florida residents. Today, we're going to explore the lagoon in a couple of kayaks.

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Explore Historic 'Green Gables' and Melbourne, Florida

Explore Historic 'Green Gables' and Melbourne, Florida

If you haven't ventured south to Melbourne, Florida you need to put it on your day-trip list.  It's about an hour and a half south of Orlando on the Atlantic Coast and I was amazed by what I found there.  First, let's talk about a visit to Green Gables

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Daytrip - Exploring Melbourne, Florida

Daytrip - Exploring Melbourne, Florida

Melbourne is an easy hour and fifteen minutes from downtown Orlando, and tolls and highways make the trip simple.  (The alternative is a longer scenic route takes you through Fort Christmas which is another great stop on Hwy 50.)

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Big Cat Habitat in Sarasota, Florida

Big Cat Habitat in Sarasota, Florida

Have you been to the Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota, Florida? This large animal rescue organization provides a home for tigers, lions, monkeys and other exotic animals in need. I got a chance to visit this amazing organization with Clayton Rosaire. His mom, Kay, founded the place in 1987 and has been a cat-mom for years, educating the public on conservation and animal care.

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Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

I used to live in Sarasota and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to wander.  Named for Marie Selby who lived on the property with her husband, William, for over 50 years.  She loved nature and when she passed in 1971, she left her home and gardens to the community "for the enjoyment of the general public." 

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Habitat Galleries in West Palm Beach

Habitat Galleries in West Palm Beach

From quirky multimedia works to elaborate sculptures, this place has some really amazing stuff in a huge variety. The place has been open since 1982 and is super photo-friendly, so feel free to stop in and grab some shots if you're in the area. 

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Five Hours in St. Augustine, Florida

Five Hours in St. Augustine, Florida

First stop of the morning was the the Hotel Ponce de Leon.  We took the tour of this mansion.  Given by Flagler students, every dollar of the tour fee goes back to student tuition and scholarships.  Our tour guide, Blake, knew every spot to point out, every door to approach, and shared secrets even we can't share here.  So much drama in this beautifully designed space. 

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Tiny Tourist: Bok Tower Gardens

Tiny Tourist: Bok Tower Gardens

The minute the sweltering summer heat started to let up, I began planning outdoor adventures for our family.  The fact is, Bok Tower Gardens has been on my list for years.  It always seemed too far and I wasn’t quite sure what was out there.  Rest assured, it’s worth the drive.  

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Mote Marine Aquarium: Sarasota, Florida

Mote Marine Aquarium: Sarasota, Florida

Headed over to the Gulf Coast to visit family in Sarasota and make it a point to visit Mote Marine Aquarium. If you haven't visited, then you're really missing out on a special experience. The manatees, otters, seahorses, and sharks are always my favorite tanks. This time the jellyfish captured my heart. The little umbrella jellyfish looks like a tiny illuminated parasol. 

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