Little-Known Attractions In Your Backyard

Roadside attractions off the beaten path. Nostalgic for those roadside attractions before there were the mega-parks? Browse through some of Florida’s surviving gems including parks, zoos, museums and attractions. Many in your own backyard. ADDITIONAL LINKS ON FLORIDA ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS AND MUSEUMS

Sanford Florida

There’s a lot of really good zoos in Florida like Miami MetroZoo, Busch Gardens, Animal Kingdom and The Jacksonville Zoo. There’s also a number of interesting smaller attractions like The Central Florida Zoo and Gardens, Petting Zoo Ocala and The Palm Beach Zoo. The Central Florida Zoo and Gardens offers some interesting features like aContinue reading “Sanford Florida”

A Bit Of History In Ocala, Florida

It’s unusual to come across an early nineteenth century stockade fort in the middle of a Florida town. Not something you expect outside of Disney World. But on a recent drive through central Florida that is what we found in Ocala. It’s a historically accurate replica of Fort King at its original site. Designated aContinue reading “A Bit Of History In Ocala, Florida”

Remarkable Silver Springs Florida

Florida’s Classic Attractions Florida has always attracted visitors to its’ ocean beaches but, years ago, it also had an assortment of inland tourist destinations. Those old Florida attractions have been dying out, pushed aside and even replaced by theme parks. Unfortunately, history and gardens cannot compete with movie attractions, roller coasters and fantasies. While CypressContinue reading “Remarkable Silver Springs Florida”

Walt Disney World – Staying Inside the “World”

Above – Christmas at Animal Kingdom Lodge A great number of families have a trip to Disney World as part of their future plans. If this is you, here are a few pointers on selecting accommodations.And we would really recommend staying inside the “World”. First, the Walt Disney World is more than four theme parks.Continue reading “Walt Disney World – Staying Inside the “World””

Spanish Gold and A Lost Opportunity

A Short Story Opportunity Missed In 1622 Havana Cuba was the capital of the Spanish Empire in the New World. Treasures of gems, gold and silver poured into Havana from South America, Mexico and the other islands. From there large fleets sailed back to Spain heavily loaded with this treasure. Late that summer a fleetContinue reading “Spanish Gold and A Lost Opportunity”

Things To Do Before Visiting Disney World

Back a number of years ago the average Disney World trip involved making a hotel reservation and traveling to Orlando. Once at Disney World you bought your park tickets and spent a few days eating fast food, waiting in lines and riding rides. A lot has changed from those times and today there is muchContinue reading “Things To Do Before Visiting Disney World”

Dolphin Watching On Indian River Florida

A day spent on the Indian River in Florida was an easy adventure. Just south of the Kennedy Space Center the water and land intertwine making a sanctuary for marine life and water birds sharing the space with expensive estate homes and marinas. Recently we took advantage of a Groupon and booked a morning excursionContinue reading “Dolphin Watching On Indian River Florida”

Florida’s Fossil Reef Park

A Short Story Discovering Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Over the past few decades when visiting the Florida Keys we would drive past a dirt road with a locked chain link fence on Windley Key in the upper Keys. A number of years ago the gate, while still locked, displayed a new signContinue reading “Florida’s Fossil Reef Park”

Paradise with a Twist – Key West

Key West Florida Key West is the exclamation mark at the end of the sentence that is the Keys. This town has been a magnet for adventurers, the famous and fortune seekers for well over a hundred years. Over the years it has attracted a number of the rich and famous including Ernest Hemingway, TennesseeContinue reading “Paradise with a Twist – Key West”