Chasing Waterfalls at Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  When you picture a Floridian landscape, what do you think of? Perhaps sandy beaches, sprawling flatlands…maybe some wooded forests?  Rolling hills and tumbling waterfalls probably didn’t come to mind, right? In Williston, just south of Gainesville, you’ll fi nd just that. Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens is a gardener ’s dream project over 100 years in the making.  Cedar … Continue reading Chasing Waterfalls at Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens

Botanically Speaking

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  McKee Botanical Gardens – Vero Beach We’ve been very fortunate this past winter in Florida to have mild weather with just a few dips into the colder temperatures but no hard freezes. Because of this, crops and plants everywhere are thriving and even blooming a little earlier than normal.  Thanks to our sunny days and comfortable temperatures, anything outside … Continue reading Botanically Speaking

The Wild Side of Florida

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  Florida is home to a number of wild creatures. Although animals like alligators, bobcats and the elusive Florida panther may be plentiful in our state, they can be a challenge to spot in the wild (and from a safe vantage point).  Wild Florida – Kenansville, FL  Wild Florida offers the chance to see not only native Florida wildlife, but … Continue reading The Wild Side of Florida

Florida’s Winter Tourists: Manatees

Photos by Kelsey Walters  When the beginning of the year rolls around, you probably aren’t thinking about a trip to one of Florida’s many natural springs, of which there are over 700. The chilly water is a great way to cool off in the sweltering summer, but not exactly a winter warm up. There is, however, one group spending their winter vacation in the cool … Continue reading Florida’s Winter Tourists: Manatees

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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

Hunting for a Haunting: A DIY Ghost Tour of Amelia Island

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  With Florida’s discovery dating back to 1513 and thousands of years of Native American occupation before that, there’s no shortage of history to be found on our state’s lands. Where there’s history, there’s bound to be ghost stories. We’ve all heard tales of the supposed apparitions haunting the streets of historic places like St. Augustine and Ybor City, but … Continue reading Hunting for a Haunting: A DIY Ghost Tour of Amelia Island

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History Right Beneath Your Feet

Photos by Kelsey and Scott Walters Crystal River Archaeological State Park  Given Florida’s rich history, it’s likely that just about everywhere you explore has a bit of a past. Dating back to prehistoric times, much of the land we live, work and play on today was once a site of significance to Native Americans.  Ancient middens dot the state’s landscape, with the most notable local … Continue reading History Right Beneath Your Feet

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

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