Exploring Gold Head Branch State Park

Spring is in full swing and our family’s favorite place to be is the great outdoors. With 175 official state parks throughout Florida, there’s plenty to choose from to commune with nature. This past month, we chose one of the OGs – Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park. In response to the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) … Continue reading Exploring Gold Head Branch State Park

Experience Florida’s Beaches in a New Way: Horseback Riding with Equestrian Adventures

Article by: Kelsey Walters // Photos by: Equestrian Adventures Picturesque beaches are Florida’s calling card – keeping tourists and locals alike flocking to the sandy shores all year long. Walking the beach is nothing new to most Floridians, however this past month, we decided to explore the shore a little differently… Equestrian Adventures of Florida offers a unique beach experience – all from horseback. These … Continue reading Experience Florida’s Beaches in a New Way: Horseback Riding with Equestrian Adventures

Natural Wonder Meets Old Florida at Tallahassee Museum

Photos and Text by Kelsey Walters The holidays are over, winter break has come to an end, and life is returning to normal after the excitement (and chaos) of the season. If you find yourself in a wintertime rut after all the hustle and bustle searching for something to do, I have just the thing.  Unlike the rest of the country huddling inside away from … Continue reading Natural Wonder Meets Old Florida at Tallahassee Museum

ICE!, ICE!, Baby: ICE makes its Return to The Gaylord Palms

Photos & Article by: Kelsey Walters While the weather outside may not be frightful this winter here in Florida, it sure is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee. The Gaylord Palms has long been known for celebrating the holidays in a big way each year, but this year is especially exciting as ICE! makes its big comeback. … Continue reading ICE!, ICE!, Baby: ICE makes its Return to The Gaylord Palms

Rooting for Fall @ Rooterville Animal Sanctuary

It’s no secret that our family is composed of some hardcore animal lovers. We have a small wolf pack of dogs in our home, and Avery (and maybe me, too) wants to bring home just about any animal she meets. We spend our summers raising tadpoles, hatching butterfly cocoons and catching frogs and every bug under the Florida sun. We visit animal sanctuaries and experiences … Continue reading Rooting for Fall @ Rooterville Animal Sanctuary

Oh, my Gourd – It’s Fall!

Spooky Season is a big deal in the Walters family. We are dead serious about Halloween and all the creepy fun that comes with it. Florida may not get a traditional fall like they do up north, but we’re no strangers to the fun activities that come with Autumn. While its name may be deceiving, Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest is the place to be this … Continue reading Oh, my Gourd – It’s Fall!

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 

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