International Cultural Exchange Services

Enriching Our World Through Cultural Exchange International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) is an international nonprofit youth exchange organization committed to educational study abroad programs. For almost three decades ICES has promoted a more peaceful world by advancing international awareness and cultural understanding to thousands of American families and exchange students from all over the world. HISTORY  ICES was founded in 1991 by John J. Crist, … Continue reading International Cultural Exchange Services

Time to Walk the Plank

Pirate and Treasure Museum, St. Augustine  Avast ye, matey! Did ya hear? Pirates have invaded St. Augustine!  Things to Do for Families in St. Augustine After commandeering Key West for five years, a band of pirates have made their home in historic St. Augustine at the Pirate and Treasure Museum. Situated along the water and across from the famed fort, Castillo de San Marcos, this … Continue reading Time to Walk the Plank

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Weekend Blues

Ever After Blueberry Farm – Mims, Florida To me, nothing announces the arrival of warm weather more than fresh fruit, and what better way to get that produce to your table than to pick it yourself? Blueberry Picking Season Opens April Being well into spring with summer rapidly approaching, Floridians have been getting our share of warmth for a while now. Thanks to a strange … Continue reading Weekend Blues

One for the History Books

Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry Photos/Text by Kelsey Walters  Family Activities Near Gainesville Many people think of the Sunshine State as a land of sunburnt tourists, teeming with gators and home to the world’s most famous mouse.  Before Walt Disney settled into Central Florida and made it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Florida had a lengthy history of war, exploration and … Continue reading One for the History Books

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Developing Volusia’s Off Beach Parking

Volusia County to Open Several Off Beach Parking Lots Opportunities to park, explore and enjoy Volusia’s beaches are being developed along the county’s coastline. Plans for new off beach parking lots are giving residents and visitors the option to drive on the beach or park and walk. The new parking lots include accessible beach walkovers and offer other amenities like picnic areas, shade, outdoor showers, … Continue reading Developing Volusia’s Off Beach Parking

manatees swimming in green spring water under foliage

Sea Cow Snuggle Season

St. Johns River Cruises @ Blue Spring State Park Things to Do in Central Florida Florida or Bust It’s officially manatee snuggle season, and the big squishies are out in full force throughout Central Florida’s springs huddling in the waters to keep warm!  No other spring has quite the reputation for manatee spotting like Blue Spring State Park in Orange City. With nearly 500 snuggly … Continue reading Sea Cow Snuggle Season

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Smooth Waters Wildlife Park – Deleon Springs

Text // Photos by Kelsey Walters After a While, Crocodile Living in Florida, we all know about alligators. We joke to visitors that they are just as much a part of our daily lives as squirrels, but in reality, unless we are encroaching on their territory, we don’t often get an up-close experience. A new wildlife park is offering the chance to really get to … Continue reading Smooth Waters Wildlife Park – Deleon Springs