Florida State Parks Slowly Reopen

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that beginning Monday, May 4, some Florida State Parks will re-open access to trails, day use areas and beach access with limited facilities. This does not include all Florida state parks at this time. Limited List of Florida State Parks Reopen Monday with Restrictions Effective Monday, May 4, DEP will implement phase one to reopen … Continue reading Florida State Parks Slowly Reopen

Into the Woods

Juniper Springs Recreation Area All photos by Kelsey Walters It’s a new year, and that’s supposed to mean new you, right? Whatever you’re trying to renew this year, this decade in fact – even if it’s just your sense of adventure, Florida has plenty to offer. Now proud owners of a rambunctious toddler very fond of her newfound skills of running, jumping and climbing, my … Continue reading Into the Woods

Don’t Get In The Car With Strangers

Submitted by Jeffrey Lawrence Don’t get into a car with strangers; that is what we have taught our kids, yet in the US over 3.1 million people a day are doing just that by using Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Uber and Lyft, or taxis, shuttles, public transportation or the most dangerous of all, “privates.”  With the myriad of transportation options, clearly not all are … Continue reading Don’t Get In The Car With Strangers

CLOSED FL STATE PARKS

Florida State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

UPDATE 3/23/2020 Effective today, Monday, March 23, 2020, all Florida State Parks will be closed and remain closed until further notice due to coronavirus COVID-19. Although Florida State Parks limited their hours and capacity limits last week, this did not create the needed reductions in residents visiting the parks in order to slow the spread of the virus. March 21, 2020 While many Floridians are … Continue reading Florida State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

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Geocaching: A Perfect Social Distancing Activity

Geocaching 101 I will never forget the first time I discovered geocaching. I was covering a story about a coastal clean up in Edgewater when I noticed a family of four scouring an area of George R. Kennedy Memorial Park like they had lost something they couldn’t live without. I watched the husband step up on a bench, reach up into the pavilion roof and … Continue reading Geocaching: A Perfect Social Distancing Activity

African Adventure on a Budget

Lion Country Safari – Loxahatchee, FL Please note, due to COVID-19, only the drive through safari is available at this time. Finding ways to beat the heat during Florida summers can be tough, especially after you’ve exhausted every water park, pool and spring within a 100-mile radius. There are other ways to have fun without getting those wrinkly, raisin fingers or even leaving the comfort … Continue reading African Adventure on a Budget

Outdoor Things to Do in Florida that Allow Social Distancing

All Photos/Text by Kelsey Walters By now we have all heard the reccomendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health to help tamper the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. These include self-isolation and social distancing. What is Social Distancing? Social distancing refers to the act of making a conscious effort to avoid and reduce human-to-human contact by keeping a reasonable … Continue reading Outdoor Things to Do in Florida that Allow Social Distancing

Home on the Range

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park – FL’s First State Preserve  All photos by Kelsey Walters If you’ve ever visited the Gainesville area, or even just driven through, you may have noticed a huge expanse of undeveloped land.  Things to Do Outdoors in Florida The sleepy little town of Micanopy, located just south of Gainesville, is home to an array of antique stores and quaint cafes…as … Continue reading Home on the Range

Lively, Fast-Paced Music From Ballets And Operas Featured In ‘Symphonic Dances’ Concert

This March 5th, the St. Augustine Orchestra will focus its Spring Masterworks concert on lively, energetic music composed for operas and ballets from composers Antonin Dvorak, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Borodin and Aaron Copland.  The audience will be carried away by the musical energy of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from the Opera Prince Igor; to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Dance of the Tumblers from the Snow Maiden, … Continue reading Lively, Fast-Paced Music From Ballets And Operas Featured In ‘Symphonic Dances’ Concert