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Experience the wild side of Central Florida at the Brevard Zoo

Florida Travel

No passport needed for this trip around the world. From African safaris to rainforest treks to a hop around the Australian Outback, it’s all possible just a short drive from Orlando at the Brevard Zoo. Our day began with a kayaking tour on the Nyami Nyami River, an expedition through Africa. As we paddled down river, we passed cheetahs, rhinos, zebra, lemurs and more. Did you know Lemurs cannot swim? I didn’t know that. Our guide said it was a…

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Florida has old stuff too: Florida Caverns State Park

Florida State Parks Travel

Did you know there were caves in Florida?  Cave diving is popular at many of the Florida springs, but Florida Caverns State Park is the only dry cave open to the public. Behind a heavy metal door awaits exploration into another world. How did these caves form? Millions of years ago, sea levels were much higher leaving a majority of the coastal areas underwater. Over the years, as sea levels fell, debris on the sea floor hardened into limestone which…

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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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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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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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Poking Around at Florida Cactus

Florida Life Like a Local

I’ve put my nurturing skills to the test. A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Florida Cactus, a nursery devoted to cacti and succulents. I first learned about this place on Instagram, of course. However, Instagram did not prepare me for how expansive it was. Row after row of succulents, cacti and various other plants filled 20 large greenhouses. If you are a lover of succulents, you will love this place. We checked in at the office…

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Coffee Breaks Make Great Dates

Life Like a Local Orlando Travel

Lately, I’ve been on the go a lot. Between weddings, anniversaries, family visits, it’s been awhile since I’ve had a quiet weekend at home. It was nice to not have any sort of plans or schedule this weekend and just play it by ear, exploring our own back yard. First up, Greenwood Urban Wetland Park. This beautiful oasis is plop in the middle of Downtown Orlando, but surprisingly quiet and peaceful. Thanks to the recent drought, water levels were surprisingly…

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