Ripe for the Picking: Spring Garden Vineyard

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  Considering Florida’s reputation as a tourist trap, you don’t often think of the state’s agricultural business when you cite the state’s popular attractions and money-makers. Sure, we obviously have our citrus industry as a cash cow, and you-pick blueberry season is increasingly popular in the spring.  I bet you don’t conjure up sprawling vineyards when you imagine Floridian agriculture, … Continue reading Ripe for the Picking: Spring Garden Vineyard

INSIDE LOOK: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. Rails-to-Trails is a Nationwide Network of Fitness and Outdoor Activity Trails Since 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has worked from coast to coast, supporting the development of thousands of miles of rail-trails for millions to explore and enjoy. … Continue reading INSIDE LOOK: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Dolphin Days: Marineland

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters, photos of the Dolphin Encounter provided by Marineland Recently, Scott decided to surprise Avery and I with a fun day out. All he told us was to grab our towels and get in the car. Before we knew it, we were at Marineland, a classic beachside attraction in St. Augustine right on the border with Palm Coast.  I didn’t … Continue reading Dolphin Days: Marineland

Slither into Summer: The Reptile Discovery Center

Photos by Scott and Kelsey Walters  Summer is here and for a lot of us, that means more time outdoors, enjoying the beach, springs and waterways while we soak up the sun. Living in a coastal community, it’s easy to forget about Florida’s other non-oceanic ecosystems and the abundance of wildlife we are surrounded with on a daily basis.  The Reptile Discovery Center in DeLand … Continue reading Slither into Summer: The Reptile Discovery Center

Kids can receive a postcard from Santa

Santa is making his list and checking it twice at Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division. As part of an annual tradition, recreation employees will send personalized postcards from Santa to children up to age 12. Parents can have their children added to Santa’s mailing list by sending the child’s full name and address to elves@volusia.org by Dec. 11. Continue reading Kids can receive a postcard from Santa

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A Magical Tour: Magic of Lights @ Daytona International Speedway

This article was originally published in December 2017. Some aspects of this attraction, including pricing and times, are subject to change. In November, Daytona International Speedway opens the gates to the county’s annual holiday attraction, Magic of Lights. The first of its kind for this area, Magic of Lights offers a drive-through light display experience that’s sure to delight the whole family. In addition to … Continue reading A Magical Tour: Magic of Lights @ Daytona International Speedway

Treetop Trek – Daytona Beach Zipline Adventure

In the heart of Daytona, just down the street from the famed Daytona International Speedway, there’s something lurking in the trees in Tuscawilla Park. Unless you’re as out of shape as I am, it’s not as scary as it sounds.  Tuscawilla wasn’t always a go-to destination in the area, but a Central Florida company has brought a new sense of adventure to the park. Zoom … Continue reading Treetop Trek – Daytona Beach Zipline Adventure

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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

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