This Weekend in Volusia County

This information is evolving and will be updated as more info and events become available. Information has been provided by the city, county or by individual event pages. If you have any questions, please direct them to the organizers of the events. **EVENT INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. VISITORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK WITH EVENT ORGANIZERS DIRECTLY FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.** Follow … Continue reading This Weekend in Volusia County

Conservation Science Coordinator Jessy Wayles overlooks the marsh in 2015 during Marsh Madness

Marine Discovery Center’s Restored Salt Marsh Hits Milestone

Text/Photos by Lisa D. Mickey, Marine Discovery Center Earlier this spring, the restored salt marsh at the Marine Discovery Center hit an important milestone. The on-site Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center (MEC), a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), MDC and others, harvested its 20,000th plant from the donor marsh. The new harvest mark was set when Dr. Linda Walters and her … Continue reading Marine Discovery Center’s Restored Salt Marsh Hits Milestone

Weekend Events in Volusia County

This information is evolving and will be updated as more info and events become available. Information has been provided by the city, county or by individual event pages. If you have any questions, please direct them to the organizers of the events. **EVENT INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. VISITORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK WITH EVENT ORGANIZERS DIRECTLY FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.** Follow … Continue reading Weekend Events in Volusia County

Harlem Globetrotters Plan Stop at Ocean Center Daytona Beach

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their newly reimagined Spread Game tour to over 150 cities this year and Ocean Center is on the list of stops. Catch all the action in-person at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24. The Spread Game Tour is a basketball event like no other. Ankle-breaking moves, jaw-dropping swag, and rim-rattling dunks are only some of the thrill you can expect … Continue reading Harlem Globetrotters Plan Stop at Ocean Center Daytona Beach

Top 5 Best Natural Springs in Florida

Our state has over 700 natural springs. Each day, eight billion gallons of water flows from our underground aquifer at a constant 72-degrees. With so many to choose from, it’s easy to find a refreshing watering hole to beat the summer heat. Here are the locals’ top 5 favorite spots, both near and a little farther, to dive in! Ask a Local – Best Natural … Continue reading Top 5 Best Natural Springs in Florida

Weird Florida and Unusual Local Attractions – Volusia County

Text and Featured Photo by Sherry Taylor, Discover Maps of Daytona and NSB As the third most populous state in the country and second most touristed behind California, Florida gets a surprisingly kooky rap. Contrary to the sunshine state’s moniker and popular belief, mass heat stroke is not to blame. Weird stuff happens wherever people happen. Florida’s population has skyrocketed 11 times over 1940 census … Continue reading Weird Florida and Unusual Local Attractions – Volusia County

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

Somewhere Beyond the Sea

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  Living in a peninsula like Florida, we are surrounded by water and ocean life, but it’s rare that we get to see the animals beneath the waves face-to-face. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota combines adventure with education to provide the opportunity to meet hundreds of marine species from in and around our coastal communities.  Mote Marine … Continue reading Somewhere Beyond the Sea

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