Winter Garden – In The Shadow Of Orlando

A Cute Town With A Juicy Past Orlando is a massive metroplex with dozens of suburban towns that include Walt Disney World in the west and Winter Park in the Northeast. Within the Orlando orbit and located twenty miles due north of Disney World is the town of Winter Garden. It was a thriving townContinue reading “Winter Garden – In The Shadow Of Orlando”

A Mansion In DeLand, Florida

Sixty miles north of Orlando is DeLand, another small Florida city enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Famous as the original home campus of beautiful Stetson University and the Winter estate of hat magnate John Stetson for who the university was named. Locally referred to as the Stetson Mansion the house was extensively renovated in 2008Continue reading “A Mansion In DeLand, Florida”

Cedar Key, Old Florida Lives On

If you travel west on Florida State Road 24 from Gainesville to where the road ends, you find yourself in a bit of old Florida. Out in the middle of nowhere on Florida’s northwest coast is the little village of Cedar Key with its’ population of around 700. A post office named “Cedar Key” wasContinue reading “Cedar Key, Old Florida Lives On”

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”