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Always take the scenic route through Florida

Florida State Parks Travel

Heading due east from Orlando, we found ourselves entering Black Point Wildlife Drive, a 7-mile, one way maintained road designed for wildlife viewing from the comfort of your car. While I love our hikes through Florida, sometimes it is nice to see it all from a well air conditioned car, especially during the summer months when temperatures can reach well into the 90’s. This area was originally designed as a mosquito control impoundment. Water levels could be managed for the…

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Favorites at Epcot's Festival of the Arts

Disney Florida Life Like a Local Orlando Travel

Epcot International Festival of the Arts has returned to Disney for the second year. Similar to the ever-popular International Food & Wine Festival, the Festival of the Arts has a variety of savory and sweet treats throughout the park along with artistic displays and interactive exhibits. Here are my Top 10 favorites at Epcot’s Festival of the Arts: *Warning: This post may induce a sugar coma* Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts: Whipped Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh…

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Florida has old stuff too: Big Tree Park

Florida Like a Local State Parks Travel

A tree covered boardwalk leads led to one of the most impressive sights, “The Senator,” a 3,500-year-old Cypress Tree. Unfortunately, it was lost to fire in 2012, and I was even more heartbroken to learn it was an act of vandalism. “The Senator” was one of the oldest and largest cypress trees in America. The Native Americans living in the area used this tree as a landmark while making their way through the swampy marsh. Serious sad face 🙁  I just…

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Florida has old stuff too: Bulow Creek State Park

Florida Like a Local State Parks Travel

This diverse state park offers a whole lot of nature and history, beginning with the Fairchild Oak, one of the largest live oaks in the South. It has stood in this very spot for over 400 years; just imagine the things it has seen, hurricanes, wars, floods, fires, and droughts, oh my. The Fairchild Oak marks the beginning of a 6.8 mile hiking trail, leading to Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. While I love hiking trails, 6.8 miles seems…

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The Great Florida Manatee Migration of 2018

Florida Like a Local State Parks Travel

Last week Florida experienced winter for the first time in 4 years, at least that’s what the news was reporting. I’m sure you probably saw the memes floating around social media: Floridians can handle category 4 hurricanes, but not winter. But hey, human beings weren’t the only ones struggling. Iguanas were literally falling from trees it was so cold, and manatees were making their way to warmer waters to get some cuddle time in. Blue Spring State Park is a…

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Swing into the new year at TopGolf Orlando

Florida International Drive Life Like a Local Orlando

Happy New Year, everyone! The holidays sure did fly by this year; I think because in general, we are just getting busier and busier. I think that’s why I enjoy TopGolf so much, and the fact that I’m actually pretty good at it. But, honestly, it gives you a chance to simply enjoy the company of friends and family while playing a competitive leisurely game of “golf.” If you are not familiar with TopGolf, it is basically a multi-level driving…

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Sunflower Maze in the Sunshine State

Florida Life Like a Local

Sunflowers make me smile, for obvious reasons, so when I heard about a sunflower maze about an hour away from Orlando, I knew I had to check it out. Down a narrow dirt path in Mims, Florida you will find yourself at Sledd’s U-Pick Strawberries. The sprawling yellow fields can’t be missed as you drive up. Corn Maze: Check Sunflower Maze: Check Where will I find myself lost next? It’s a fantastic afternoon activity for families, and of course quite…

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