De Leon Springs Sugar Mill Announces Big Changes

Photos and Text by Kelsey Walters On Monday night, August 8, 2022, The Old Spanish Sugar Mill at De Leon Springs State Park made the following announcement on their Facebook page: After 61 years, the Old Spanish Sugar Mill will be closing its screen doors. While it is unfortunate, the state has decided not to renew our contract and move forward with another concession in … Continue reading De Leon Springs Sugar Mill Announces Big Changes

Out of this World : Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 

We are currently the proud parents of an extremely inquisitive 4-year-old whose mind runs a mile-a-minute and the questions fly even faster. Like most parents, we do our best to foster Avery’s interests with as many activities and experiences as possible. Her current fixation is outer space, and luckily we have a front row seat here in Florida to the country’s space program.  With her … Continue reading Out of this World : Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 

An Elephant You’ll Never Forget: Two Tails Ranch 

Photos by Kelsey Walters  Florida is widely known for its ideal climate. Not only do tourists and retirees flock to our state in masses, its perfect ly warm and sunny weather gives way to an enormous range of wildlife. It is also why so many ranches and nature facilities are centered in Florida. Besides our world-famous beaches, the interior of the state is lined with … Continue reading An Elephant You’ll Never Forget: Two Tails Ranch 

Keep Kids Busy this Summer with Fun Local Destinations

Summer has just begun, but parents everywhere are already looking for ways to keep their kids active and entertained – and more importantly, off the couch and screens. Volusia County and the surrounding Central Florida area offer tons of entertaining options for families with kids and adults of all ages. Here are some of our favorite options, all within about one hour of Volusia County. … Continue reading Keep Kids Busy this Summer with Fun Local Destinations

Top 5 Best Playgrounds in Volusia County 

Each place featured below was voted as the BEST by ECC Facebook Fans. Be sure to “Like” our page to participate next month. Spring is creating the perfect weather to get outdoors and play! Volusia County has no shortage of parks and playgrounds, but here are the top five awesome spots that local parents and caregivers rely on to expend their kids’ energy.  Best 5 Playgrounds for … Continue reading Top 5 Best Playgrounds in Volusia County 

Sixth Annual Gator Week Celebration Returns to Wild Florida

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year again at Wild Florida! From May 23 – 28, Wild  Florida will host Gator Week and offer free Gator Park admission to guests who donate any amount  toward our Wild Florida Scholarship Fund for Osceola County students. Additionally, as the founders of  National Alligator Day on May 29, Wild Florida will also celebrate this special day at … Continue reading Sixth Annual Gator Week Celebration Returns to Wild Florida

Hike and Seek: Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead – Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive 

Photos/Text by Kelsey Walters  Our corner of Florida isn’t exactly known for higher elevations. The coastline is relatively flat and hills in the area are mostly man-made. As you travel further inland, however, the scenery begins to change and rolling hills creep up from the sea level to which we are accustomed.  The area surrounding Lake Apopka, Florida’s fourth largest lake, is a wealth of … Continue reading Hike and Seek: Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead – Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive 

Make a Splash @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park 

Photos by Kelsey Walters  Growing up, I may have had a slight obsession with mermaids. Ariel was my spirit animal and I wanted nothing more than to live under the sea. It’s no secret that my love for the merfolk lives on today, and I am absolutely thrilled that my infatuation has been passed down to my daughter, Avery.  Newly 4 years old, mermaids aren’t … Continue reading Make a Splash @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park 

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Masks and Mouse Ears: A Guide to Doing Disney in a Pandemic 

A couple years ago, I wrote an article about how to choose a theme park annual pass that best fit your family. At the time, we had a Sea World annual pass and visited Disney World parks four times that year. Then… the world changed.  When COVID-19 hit and everything shut down, we were forced to essentially forfeit the last few months of our annual … Continue reading Masks and Mouse Ears: A Guide to Doing Disney in a Pandemic 

Where the Wild Things Are: Brevard Zoo

Text by Kelsey Walters // Photos by Kelsey and Scott Walters  With cooler temps and sunny days combining to create the perfect weather, Floridians are flocking to the outdoors this time of year. We aren’t the only ones enjoying the break from the heat. Wildlife everywhere are rejoicing in the milder weather and getting more and more active.  All this means that it’s zoo season! … Continue reading Where the Wild Things Are: Brevard Zoo