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

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

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

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest in Eustis, FL Does the thought of strolling through a wintery forest to carefully choose your own Christmas tree sound like the ideal holiday to you? While I can’t promise a snowy wonderland, there is a spot in Florida that allows you to cut your own Christmas tree, plus tons more fun to get your family in the holiday spirit. Holiday … Continue reading Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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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 newest 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