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bulletMiami's Truly Wild Side
bulletShopping and Birding in Miami
bulletVizcaya Museum and Gardens
bulletGrapeland Waterpark
bulletFlorida's Vintage Attractions
bulletFort Myers Beach
bulletWhat no one tells you about Florida
bulletSouth Florida's hidden beach
bulletBirding in Orlando
bulletScuba Diving at Key Largo
bulletSurfing in Miami
bulletFlorida Manatees - the gentle sea cow
bulletFlorida Airboat Rides
bulletAdventures in the Everglades
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Places You Need to Visit on Your First Trip to Tampa

bulletBusch Gardens Review
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Miami’s_Truly_Wild_Side

By Brian Ramsey

Miami has a variety of attractions for tourists that revolve around animal and bird life. These include the Miami Seaquarium, Parrot Jungle Island, Monkey Jungle and Miami Zoo. However even more attractive are the truly wild animals and birds that can be seen in South Florida. The Intracoastal waterway and other canals along the highways and roads plus numerous lakes in residential areas and along the highway attract birdlife particularly water fowl. For the best experience, South Florida, in the areas around Miami, has numerous parks where the truly wild can be seen.

In the Palm Beach area there is Grassy Waters Preserve, Marinelife of June Beach, Hungryland Boardwalk And Trail, John D. Macarthur Beach State Park, Okeeheelee Park Nature Center. In the Boca Raton Area there is Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and Fern Forest Nature Center.

In Hollywood there is Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park. Broward County has Tree Tops Park, while Greynolds Park is located on Miami Beach. Two of the parks that are easily accessible for those in the south Miami area are Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.

Biscayne National Park is located at 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead. Ninety-five percent of this marine park is underwater and features colorful coral reefs and undeveloped keys in Biscayne Bay. Most of the keys are covered by mangroves and tropical hardwood hammocks. The park has a walkway along the seafront that is fringed with mangrove. It is a good location for seeing various species that associate with water, including ring-billed gulls, double crested cormorants, ruddy turnstones, woodpeckers and grackles. Fishing is allowed at designated areas in the park plus kayak and canoe rentals are available. The park is open from 7am to 5.30pm daily and entry to the park is free of charge.

Close to Biscayne Park is the Biscayne Boat Dock, which has a $5 entry fee. At the boat dock there is a small beach for swimming with lifeguards, rest rooms and a snack bar. For a more active afternoon or morning, saltwater fishing is allowed among the mangroves and along the walkway. For the birdwatcher, sapsuckers, ospreys, grebes and cormorants can be seen.

To get to Biscayne National Park take Florida's Turnpike south to Exit 6 (Speedway Boulevard), turning left from the exit ramp and continuing south to Southwest 328th Street (North Canal Drive). Turn left and continue to the end of the road. The entrance is about approximately five miles on the left.

 Everglades National Park covers over 1.4 million acres with a diverse habitat ranging from the marine and estuarine areas of Florida Bay to pinelands, hardwood hammocks, and vast sawgrass marshes and freshwater sloughs. The park offers the opportunity for a wide range of activities including; beach combing, birding, camping, diving, fishing, hiking, photography, ranger led activities, snorkeling, swimming and wildlife watching.

There are three campgrounds inside the park; Long Pine Key, Flamingo, and Chekika and all campgrounds are open year round. Canoes may be rented at Flamingo and Gulf Coast. Bicycling is permitted along the main park roads, on the Shark Valley tram road, on the Old Ingraham Highway, on Long Pine Key Nature Trail, and on the Snake Bight and Rowdy Bend trails at Flamingo. Visitor centers are located at the main entrance (west of Homestead), Royal Palm, Flamingo, Shark Valley, and Gulf Coast (south of Everglades City).

It is however in the area of wildlife watching that the Everglades National Park truly astounds. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded, seven of which are rare or endangered. Migrating birds use Everglades National Park both as critical wintering areas and as a stopover. Species include the Cape May warbler, peregrine falcon, bobolinks, and tree swallows. Wading birds you may encounter on a visit include the great white heron, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, tri-colored heron, little blue heron, cattle egret, reddish egret, black-crowned night heron, yellow-crowned night heron, least bittern, glossy ibis, and the very colorful roseate spoonbill. Some birds of prey of the Everglades include the red-shouldered hawk and the barred owl. Along the mangrove island areas of Everglades National Park, you are likely to see an osprey dive into the water to catch a fish. About fifty pair of bald eagles, who also feed on fish, nest in the park. One of the most threatened birds in the park, is the Everglades or snail kite.

Anhinga Trail over Taylor Slough at Royal Palm is a good place to watch anhingas nest in the spring, as well as year-round viewing of herons, egrets, double-crested cormorants and white ibis. Eco Pond near Flamingo is a good place to observe herons, white ibis, roseate spoonbills, white-eyed vireos, red-shouldered hawks and numerous species of butterflies. From the Flamingo Visitor Center, you can see white pelicans, gulls, terns, shorebirds, white herons, reddish egrets and other birds along the fringe of the bay.

Over forty species of mammals are found in Everglades National Park. It is not uncommon to see white-tailed deer wading through the sawgrass prairie. The marsh rabbit is common in higher fresh water marshes, pinelands, and coastal prairies. Raccoons and opossums are common creatures throughout the park. The gray fox is most frequently seen near hardwood hammocks. River otters are commonly observed in the spring at the Anhinga Trail and Shark Valley. The Florida Panther which is a subspecies of mountain lion is found in the park but elusive so rarely seen. The bobcat, unlike the endangered Florida panther, is common in Everglades National Park. Although primarily nocturnal, this small (15 - 25 lb.) short-tailed feline is frequently seen during daylight hours. It may be seen walking the Bear Lake Trail, the Snake Bight Trail, and the Main Park Road.

The West Indian manatee is a marine mammal that grows to 1,000 pounds and roams U.S. coastal waters from Louisiana to Virginia. In winter months they seek the warm waters of Florida Bay, where they are often seen by visitors. They can be frequently seen in Whitewater Bay, Hells Bay and along the west coast. Alligators are common throughout the fresh water marshes of the park, and occasionally enter the brackish waters of Florida Bay. The best time to see alligators in the park is during the winter dry season. At that time, they get together near the deeper water holes. All sizes and ages, from ten-inch babies to an occasional twenty-year-old, ten-foot-long adult, can be seen lounging on the bank along the Anhinga Trail.

To get to Everglades National Park take Florida's Turnpike south to its end in Florida City. Turn right on Southwest 344th Street (Palm Drive), follow signs on Florida Highway 9336 to Everglades National Park.

 

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Shopping_and_Birding_in_Miami

By Brian Ramsey

South Florida and Miami in particular is a magnet that draws shoppers from South & Central America and the Caribbean. It seems as if at every neighborhood in the city there is a mall and there is variety in the malls. There are strip malls, regular malls, outlet malls. Shopping in Miami is year round but seems to reach a fever pitch on the 3rd Friday in November which is the day immediately after the American Thanksgiving holiday. Known as Black Friday because the hordes of shoppers are expected to drive retailers into the black (profit). Black Friday is a day of deep discounts that marks the start of the Christmas shopping season. At some malls shopping starts at midnight, while at others the shopping begins at 5am. As soon as the stores open the hordes descend.

South Florida is also a magnet for migratory and Neotropical birds. Located along the Atlantic Flyway, Florida is in the pathway of birds migrating from their summer breeding grounds in northern and central U.S.A. to their winter grounds in Central or South America and the Caribbean. For some species Florida is their winter home. An abundance of ponds, lakes and waterways means that Florida is especially good for waterbirds.

This dual magnetic force means that during Thanksgiving you can combine two passions; shopping and birding. Or husbands can accompany wives to the mall and while the wife shops the husband indulges in some bird watching. Dolphin Mall located on NW 12th Street off the Florida Turnpike is a good location. The Mall has a huge selection of stores with a wide variety of items. The mall also has two ponds along 12th Street next to the mall parking lot. Among the birds that can be seen in those ponds are Anhingas, Coots, Grey Herons and Snowy Egrets.

At other malls, the desire to introduce greenery into an asphalt and concrete jungle has resulted in trees around and within parking lots. These trees have in turn attracted various bird species. So simply wandering the parking lots gives you the opportunity to see different species of birds.

Even if you do not go near the malls on Black Friday, it is easy to indulge in bird watching in South Florida. The numerous lakes and ponds in residential areas attract birdlife particularly waterfowl. Among the most easily seen Florida waterfowl are Double-crested Cormorant, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Moorhen, Green (Green-backed) Heron and the most common waterfowl found in Florida’s suburban areas, Muscovy Ducks. The Intracoastal Waterway and other canals along the highways and roads are also good locations for spotting avian life and it is easy to stop at an attractive spot. For the more dedicated birdwatcher South Florida has an abundance of state and national parks.

So when next you are planning a trip to South Florida, remember, you can combine shopping and bird watching.

 

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (Miami)

By Pamela Lawson

Stepping off the Miami charter bus and into the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is like stepping into a whole new, different world. The sight and sound of the Italian Renaissance era museum and garden is simply breathtaking, and the word 'breathtaking' is not even adequate to describe the feeling, especially if this is the first time you are here in Miami. The European castle is so awesome that visitors could end up snapping tons of pictures to bring home with them. Some others would describe is as nothing short of being a beach lovers' paradise wishing that they could have spent the whole week there really instead of the limited time permitted during a weekend trip.

Vizcaya is considered as one of Miami's most treasured historical landmark which has been nationally preserved and known as a wonderful tourist magnet, which spells good news for the local tourism industry. Vizcaya was first thought of and built by a highly imaginative agricultural industrialist man called James Deering way back in 1916. With a picture-perfect image of a dream-like, serene and stunning image in his mind, he set about to gather funds and resources and like they always say, the rest is history. Here, today, we have Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Vizcaya is the first attraction of its kind to offer a full audio tour which last about ninety minutes in all, and it is available in several languages, namely English, Spanish, Portuguege, French and Haitian.

Visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets, especially if they are heading over in a group, online or beforehand; for those who are using credit cards, there is a minimum charge requirement of $20 per person (this is the admission fee at the point of writing this article, as always, please do log into their website for the latest admission fee structure).

The garden is always the prettiest early in the morning so, visitors are encouraged to start exploring the attraction at the gardens, stop at the shades for a good few hours before going on to the next part of the museum and garden. After a good walk-around, enjoy the delicious fanfare that the museum's exclusive cafe on the ground floor where there is option of indoor seating with air-conditioning (great option in the summer when the heat outside can get to you), and outdoor patio seatings.

After fueling yourself up with good food, take the audio tour. Looking a the dream-like atmosphere in and around the museum and garden, it isn't a surprise at all that the garden is teeming with couples in their wedding dresses together with their photographers.

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Grapeland Water Park

By Pamela Lawson

In a lot of ways, Grapeland Water Park cannot be compared to other larger and more popular water theme parks in Miami, but it is most definitely a great alternative for tourists and other vacationers who do not like large crowds, long lines and exorbitant prices. Admittedly, the scale of the water park is a big comfort for those long, relaxing weekends where we just want to simply get away so that we can bring the kids outdoors to do something fun and fantastic. Well, if that is what you are looking for in Miami FL, organizing a fun outdoor weekend gathering together with your family and friends to Grapeland Water Park!

One can tell that the management of the park pays special attention to safety and cleanliness... after all, when it comes to kids, those are of major concern for parents. There are life guards guarding each for each of the features at the park and the staff are mostly friendly and helpful. The park underwent some rather major changes since it has been operating and the slides and features are creative and artfully created.

The Shipwreck Island is a huge hit with toddlers (understandably so) who are less than forty eight inches tall. The shallow water is great for toddlers who do not yet know how to swim or tread water. What is fun for the kids is when the large bucket located at the top of a huge, tall fixture, which will sound loudly whenever it is ready to topple a huge bucket of water on the kids. That is the time when the kids either run off screaming (in excitement) or stand directly under the bucket to experience the 'waterfall'.

As fun as the lazy river is, some contend that it might be a little short compared to the lazy river in other theme parks around Miami and Florida.

Anyone under the height of forty eight inches is also welcomed at the Pirate's Plunge. The kids need to climb up the tall tower and then slide down into a fun pool where parents are waiting and other kids are splashing around. The Pirate's Plunge is located near Shipwreck Island so this means that the kids can alternate easily between one water feature to another!

The Captain's Lagoon is basically an elaborate swimming pool designed for older kids and waiting parents who prefer to hang out under the hot, friendly summer sun while the small toddlers enjoy the water slides and pools.

As far as features and fanfare is concerned, Grapeland is a basic water park but what is important is that it is safe, clean, well-maintained and of course, affordable when compared to other larger theme parks without compromising on the fun factor.

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Touring Florida's Vintage Attractions - Eight Great Destinations

By Ruth Seebeck  |   Submitted On January 12, 2009

Florida has been a destination of choice for centuries. Ponce de Leon came, looking for the Fountain of Youth, in 1513. Since then, six cultures left their mark on the peninsula. Native Indians fought Spanish, French and English explorers. American settlers brought agriculture, industry and slavery. After the Civil War, rail barons like Henry Flagler promoted Florida's climate. By the 1900's Florida was THE winter destination for many wealthy Americans.

As Florida developed, so did tourist attractions. Today, those same places provide a look at Florida's yesteryear. Interestingly, every Florida destination is no more than eighty miles from the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico.

St. Augustine - Spain claimed the nation's "Oldest City" 42 years before England landed at Jamestown. It had a rocky history until Flagler picked St. A as his first tourist project. His famed hotels are now Lightner Museum and Flagler College. St. Augustine is an eclectic mix of historic, vintage and modern attractions to delight any traveler. Tour Castilla de San Marcos, the historic district and the famous striped lighthouse. Immerse yourself in the culture of St. Augustine. Book rooms at an historic inn, bed & breakfast or classic motel.

Sarasota - Ringling Bros. Circus picked Sarasota for its winter quarters. The Ringling complex includes a world-class art museum and Ca d'Zan (House of John) mansion. Its Circus museum features a popular miniature circus. Jungle Gardens' vintage zoological park opened in 1940. Other attractions include two classic car museums, Marie Selby Botanic Gardens, and Myakka River State Park. Sarasota is a "gem of the Gulf coast" with pristine white sand beaches along the mainland and nearby barrier islands.

Winter Haven - Winter Haven is an inland paradise, surrounded by more than 30 lakes. No wonder it is the water-skiing capital of the world. It is also the home of Cypress Gardens, Florida's first theme park (1936). CG is famous for spectacular water-skiing shows and beautiful gardens. (Cypress Gardens is closed for renovation. It will reopen in March 2009.) Other popular sites include Bok Sanctuary with its famous carillon, and Fantasy of Flight. Midway between Orlando and Tampa, Winter Haven lives up to its name. It's away from the crowds but convenient to many major attractions.

St. Petersburg - "The Sunshine City" boasts 360 days of sunshine per year. Tour Sunken Gardens, Florida's oldest tourist attraction and a historic landmark. More than 50,000 plants, representing 500 species, thrive here. The Pier is a popular spot. Visit the aquarium and the replica of the HMS Bounty. MGM built the ship for the 1962 movie. It was also used in one of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Nearby John's Pass Village is a former pirate retreat and fishing village. It is now a tourist stop with quaint shopping & dining. St. Pete also boasts a number of excellent museums. The beaches here are some of the best in the US.

Ft. Myers - Another classic Gulf coast resort is Ft. Myers/Ft. Myers Beach. The area, plus nearby Sanibel and Captiva Islands, is known for some of the best shelling in the world. The slope into Gulf waters is so gentle, the beaches here are among the safest, as well. Thomas Edison and his friend, Henry Ford picked Ft. Myers for their winter homes. Tour their adjacent estates with a single admission. Visit the Cypress Preserve, Manatee World, Babcock Wilderness Adventures and the shell museum. Drive along McGregor Boulevard, lined with 1800 palm trees. The stately trees give Ft. Myers its nickname, "City of Palms".

Key West - This tip of the keys has been America's "Margueritaville" for decades. Even Ponce de Leon started here before sailing north to St. Augustine. Tour Hemingway's 1920's home and Truman's 1949-era Little White House. Visit Pirate Soul and the Key West Shipwreck Treasures museums to learn about the buccaneering heritage of the island. Nature lovers will enjoy the Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, and the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Several US presidents have vacationed on Key West; so should you. It has all the flavor and laid-back charm of a Caribbean island.

Miami/South Beach - Like all of Florida, Miami has a rich history to balance her modern side. South Beach is known worldwide for its Art Deco buildings. Take a walking tour or guided tour. The oldest building in the Western Hemisphere was moved, stone by stone, from Spain to Miami by Randolph Hearst in the 1950's. Jungle Island, (formerly Parrot Jungle c. 1936), is an animal show and zoo sure to please everyone. There's also the Seaquarium, Miami Zoo and several museums. Cruise Biscayne Bay past Millionaire Row. Many of the estates date to Miami's heyday in the early 1900's.

Ocala - This central Florida city is synonymous with Silver Springs, a nature park on the Silver River. The artesian springs pump enough fresh water daily to supply New York City. It is one of the largest in the world. Famed glass-bottom boats take visitors through the park, just like they did in the late 1800's. There are other boat tours, plus a jeep ride. The waters are so clear that several movies have been filmed in the waters of Silver Springs. Divers will enjoy Paradise Springs for cave diving. Nature lovers should visit Juniper Prairie Wilderness in Ocala National Forest.

Of course, all of Florida offers exceptional travel opportunities, whether you want sun, sports, history, or entertainment. Just don't forget these gems when you plan your trip to The Sunshine State.

For more than three decades, Ruth Seebeck and her husband, Ed, have been encouraging, coaching, mentoring and teaching friends, family, neighbors and strangers to find a more enjoyable and fulfilling lifestyle. As avid travelers, they enjoy sharing their travel experiences with others. You can also find inspirational articles on Christian living at http://www.SeebeckSolutions.com

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The Lovable Fort Myers Beach Florida - USA

By Nagib Georges Araman 

Want to spend time in a true blue American beach town? Then you should plan a visit to Florida's Fort Myers Beach. The town is situated on the southwestern section of the state, along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. It particularly sits on a barrier island that stretches for seven miles!

Beach lovers will not get tired of enjoying the soft sand stretches that go for miles and miles. Here the beaches are not only long but also wide and very gradually sloping. Some of the beach-oriented places to explore include Tarpon Bay Beach and Bowman's Beach. In addition, Fort Myers has a reputation of having an upbeat and pleasant atmosphere ideal for visiting families, honeymooners, and all types of tourists.

People exploring Fort Myers usually have no need for a car. You can easily get around on foot or by bike. The island has a number of trails that lead to major areas, including the very picturesque coastline. Aside from being the kind of place where you can just sit and relax on the sand all day long, For Myers is also the kind of place where you can engage in various kinds of outdoor and watersports. You will always see a game of beach volleyball, tennis and gold being played. Parasailing and fishing charters are also equally popular to beach goers. If you are interested in canoeing or kayaking, make your way to the Great Calusa Blueway, where 40 miles of kayak and canoe trails are waiting to be conquered!

Fort Myers is also a very convenient location to do some island excursions. Just off its coast, lie the islands of Captiva and Sanibel, which make wonderful day trip destinations. But if you want to go farther, you will be happy to know that the town is actually surrounded by about 100 coastal and barrier islands.

Fort Myers also has a number of companies that offer dolphin watching cruises. This type of cruise will take you to the main playground of bottlenose dolphin, and you will witness these adorable creatures in action. And since dolphins are very friendly and playful animals, there's a good chance that you will get to see them up close! Back on dry land, the main spot for activities and leisure is the Fort Myers Pier in Lynn Hall Memorial Park. This hotspot extends into the ocean for an incredible length of 600 feet. So it is not really a wonder why several restaurants, shops and other establishments were built around the area to take advantage of gorgeous ocean views. Fort Myers is the perfect place to have a lovely stroll and watch people go about their day.

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is one of the must-see attractions in Fort Myers area. Situated on Sanibel Island and dedicated to shell preservation; the museum also features all an impressive collection of not only exquisite shells found in the region, but also those found all over the world.

Because of its popularity, there is a lot of accommodation that can be found in Fort Myers, and their offered prices can match a wide range of budget. Aside from hotels and resorts, beach vacation home rental is quite popular for those who would like to stay in Fort Myers for a considerable amount of time.

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This Is What No One Tells You About Florida

By Abuzar Mir

Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Its sandy beaches and theme parks are always brimming with tourists. Be it college students eager for scary roller coaster rides or newlyweds looking for a romantic dinner on a moonlit beach, everyone's dream place is Florida. But you'll be surprised that there's more to Florida than that.

Here are some facts and magical places in Florida which I bet this is no one told you about:

1. Florida has a rich cultural heritage: Florida is home to America's oldest city - St. Augustine and the Native American Seminole tribe. Guess where the Kennedy Space Center is? Florida! "The Greatest Show on Earth" - the Ringling Circus is also based in Florida. St. Augustine has an alligator farm which opened in 1893!

2. Is summer the best time to be in Florida? Turns out, it's the worst time to do touristy things in Florida. May to September is really hot and humid but unfortunately, that's where everyone heads to Florida. What's the best time, you ask? The ideal weather is either mid-October to late November or March to early May. So plan your trip over Thanksgiving or spring break.

3. Wild Life, anyone? Here's a safari park with walking and cycling trails. Spend time with alligators and bisons and head onwards to an introspective stroll. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Micanopy (near Gainesville) is a National Natural Landmark.

4. What can one man do? Visit Solomon's Castle in Ona, FL to witness a legendary architecture created single-handedly by one man. Great place to find some inspiration to follow your own dreams.

5. Floridan etiquette: Along with your dirving license, don't forget to carry your rental car contract to avoid running into police. If you're taking a taxi or dining out, don't the tip fall below 15%.

6. Looking for friends? Good news is that Florida is one of the friendliest states in America. Odds are against rude encounters and unhelpful passersby.

7. In search of spirituality? Visit the 12th-century Spanish monastery with a very interesting history. In the 1920s, it was purchased by William Randolph Hearst who tried to move it to California but failed because of shipping complications. A successful attempt was made again in the '60s when the monestry was moved piece by piece to North Miami Beach.

8. Forget the beach, let's explore some caves: Explore some air-filled caves in the Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna. The limestone caverns were formed over time, as water seeped into and dissolved local bedrock. Once you're done with the caves, the park also offers hiking and horse trails, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping and dancing to the tz anthem! It's like hitting a holiday jackpot.

9. Swimming underground? Everyone swims in lakes and pools but few venture to swim underground. This underground swimming hole in Williston, is a gift of nature. Best part: it's open for scuba diving and snorkeling.

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Surprise!_South_Florida's_Hidden_Beach

By Gail Nettles

Want to know a secret? There's a State Park and beach in South Florida that no one seems to know about.

Beautiful surroundings, a gorgeous sun-splashed beach...that you might just have all to yourself.

Where is this secluded Florida park and beach? It's actually within easy reach!

Introducing...

...John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. It's a little-known gem north of Singer Island and south of Jupiter Beach on the Atlantic Ocean.

This totally amazing Florida state park boasts a tropical dune trail and a beautiful beach. Urban sprawl hasn't reached here so the beach and the park is quiet most of the year. You might not even see anyone else!

The Park's Interesting Past

The beach has some interesting history, dating back when it was called Air Force Beach during World War II. What is now Palm Beach International airport was an Air Force base back then. Apparently servicemen threw some pretty wild beach parties, so it was (unofficially) named Air Force Beach!

Some time later, John D. MacArthur bought the land, wanting to keep a pristine part of southern Florida safe. He donated the land in the 1970's and the park (named after him) publicly opened in 1989.

Barrier? What Barrier?

MacArthur Beach State Park is located on a barrier island, which is long and narrow, separating the mainland from the sea. Although condominiums and hotels have taken over many of Florida's beautiful barrier islands, not this one - it's still "au naturale"!

Be on the Lookout For...

...Sea turtles! Rare species of sea turtles are known to nest here, including the endangered loggerhead and the much rarer leatherback. You probably won't see the turtles themselves but you might see evidence that they have been around. If you'd really like to see the turtles, there are ranger-led walks in May and June. Make advanced reservations through the office -- these tours are popular.

You might see some roseate spoonbills at the park. Huh? Roseate spoonbills are fascinating birds; their feathers are rose tinted ("flamingo pink") and the ends of their bills are spoon shaped.

Birding tours are also occasionally available, for the ornithological inclined.

Beaching It!

The most amazing single thing about this glorious Florida state park is that very few people come here. Possibly because there are loads of public beaches just to the north and the south, MacArthur Beach State Park is quiet. Serene. And you are likely to have the two miles of sandy beach all to yourself!

Swim the waters, snorkel the reef or even try one of the park's surfing clinics -- the beach holds all kinds of possibilities!

Want to find out more about this hidden gem (and see photos) located in South Florida? Check out:

http://www.great-florida-vacations.com/john-d-macarthur-state-park.html

Gail Nettles is a Florida native who enjoys showing the Sunshine State to visitors. She also publishes http://www.great-florida-vacations.com

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Birding_in_Orlando - Treat Yourself to Central Florida's Bird Watching Paradise

By Janice McSherry 

During the winter Central Florida in general and the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in particular is considered to be one of the country's premier birding destinations. So, if you are planning a vacation in Orlando, and you are a bird watching enthusiast, then you are in for a big treat.

If you are novice you can enjoy the spring nesting season in Gatorland and if you are a more experienced birder then you will probably want to head straight to the Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge.

This is a NASA owned site and it also includes the Kennedy Space Centre. For birding the Black Point Wildlife Drive is an excellent place to view waders herons, and marsh species. This is a six-mile drive around lagoons and ponds where you don't even have to leave the car. You can spend an entire day at Merrit Island. While you are there keep a lookout for these species: Florida Scrub-jay, Reddish Egret, Roseatte Spoonbill and Black Skimmer. To get to Merrit Island just take SR50 east to Titusville then north on the US1 shortly before going east on SR406 across the Indian River.

Besides Merrit Island, there are plenty of other places where you can enjoy birding in all the seasons of the year. Here are a few places that you can visit:

Orlando Wetlands Park. This is a water reclamation system east of Orlando off SR50. It has a small reception area and offers large open ponds with extensive fresh water marsh. The "target" birds of this park include Purple Gallinule, Least Bittern and Wood duck.

Black point drive is a six mile, one way drive which forms part of the Merit Island Reserve. The target species here include: Roseate Spoonbill, Waders, Terns and Black Skimmer. If you are looking you may also be able to spot alligators and manatees as well. This spot is also ideal for scenic photography.

Cypress Lake is located approximately 15 miles south of Kissimmee off highway 523. It is an area of rough grassland, mixed pine forest and also has muddy fringes around the edge of the lake. The target species at Cypress Lake include: Crested Caracara, Eastern Bluebird, Sandhill Crane and Loggerhead Shrike. In addition to the birds you can also see wildlife such as raccoons here.

Brinson Park is not exactly a reserve but it is so close to the main tourist areas, and it has a good selection of species, making it an ideal destination for those with little time for birding. Target species here include Snail Kite, Bald Eagle, White winged Dove, Black necked Stilt. You can get to Brinson Park by driving south on US17/92 then east onto CR525 Neptune road.

These are just some of the places in the area where birders can get up close to a wide variety of species. For more ideas you can also use the following resources: The North American Bird Guide by David Sibley, Birds of North America by Kenn Kaufman, Birders Guide To Florida by Bill Pantry, and A Birdwatching guide to Florida by Derek Moore. In addition the websites of Orange Audubon Society , the Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society, and the Ridge Audubon Society also are rich sources of information about birding in the Orlando area and in Central Florida.

About the Author

Janice McSherry is an Orlando vacations specialist. Visit her website for great deals on Orlando Vacation Home Rentals.

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Florida Scuba Diving - Top_Scuba_Diving_in_Key Largo

By Stephen Harold Brown

Any significant Florida scuba diving trip has to allow for time to visit Key Largo, one of the all time well-liked scuba diving resorts. It has long been known as "The Scuba Diving Capital of the World" and when you start to look deeply at this place you can see why it was recognized as one of the top scuba diving areas.

"The Keys" is an admired area for divers and you will uncover Key Largo at the north end with Key West at the most southern point.

One of the most famed places at Key Largo is John Pennekamp State Park. The John Pennekamp State Park was recognized as a place of remarkable beauty and was the first underwater protected preserve in the United states. Whilst Key West may be the place to go for an all round experience, for loads of people travelling to Florida scuba diving the focus is on 'the diving' and Key Largo has an amazing choice.

It doesn't matter whether you are a veteran diver or lacking some skills, Florida scuba trips to Key Largo have something extraordinary for everybody.

If you're an enthusiastic shipwreck diver your Florida scuba experience has to include a dive of the USS Spiegel Grove. This monster of a ship is the largest wreck ever sunk in Florida and at 510ft she is an imposing sight.

This shipwreck is located in deeper waters and can be quite a test to experienced divers and is off limits to inexperienced divers. The restricted bottom time means this wreck has to take more than one dive to fully survey.

Looking for a unique Florida scuba diving site? How about visiting the dive site Christ of the Abyss? A must do dive for everybody, this 4000lb effigy can be visibly seen from the surface by snorklers. The Underwater Society of America received the figure after it was donated by Egidi Cressi in 1962. The statue complete with its pedestal was sunk in the shallow waters near to the reef.

As underwater photography has improved and become easier over the years one location to visit has to be Molasses Reef. One of Key Largo's most admired and visited scuba diving sites this reef system is one of exceptional beauty and a must do dive for every person. Incredible marine life delivering lovely colors makes Molasses Reef one of the most photographed reefs in the world. The clear and fairly shallow waters means the lighting is just right and with some striking marine life as your backdrop and subjects you cannot help but take some fabulous underwater pictures.

Certain divers just love diving shipwrecks and any Florida scuba trip to Key Largo can include several shipwreck dives.

Whilst the USS Spiegel Grove is a must do dive there are other exciting ship wrecks in Key Largo including the cutters USS Duane and USS Bibb. Now well matured, these 2 shipwrecks provide an exciting experience with easy access to both ships as they were fully prepared for scuba divers prior to their sinking.

Still one of the major scuba diving destinations it would seem that Key Largo has something for every person, unique statues and caves, shallow reefs full of dazzling marine life and shipwrecks so great that they take days to explore.

For detailed information visit this Florida scuba diving resource or you can visit this Florida scuba diving website.

 

Surfing_in_Miami

By Damien Venuto

Many extreme sports aficionados are often surprised to hear that Miami has a legitimate surfing scene. The diverse Floridian coastline, with its range of picturesque beaches, is nothing short of a road-tripper's paradise. Don't limit your Miami trip to wining, dinning and shopping - let your sightseeing adventure coincide with surfing's oxy-moronic combination of relaxation and exhilaration. If you haven't done so already, set up the roof racks, wind down the window and let the swell chart dictate your next destination.

Overview

Miami's coast is beset with over 10 surf spots that all offer the extreme sports enthusiast something a little different. The excellent American roads enable travelers to reach every spot, without too much difficulty.

The Best Spots

South Beach - Miami's most renowned beach has also become a firm favorite for the local surfers. This spot can become a bit crowded at times, but the locals are reasonably amicable. South Beach is great for beginners because the waves are small and surfing lessons are often given here. If you are looking for some bigger swell, then you have to wait for a storm, or move onto a beach a little further north.

Harbor House - This spot lies just north of Miami Beach and it's perfect for a beginner, but can become a little annoying for someone who has been surfing for a while. The small waves in this area make it a perfect beach for an amateur to learn. If you are desperate for an overhead swell, then it's best to wait for a cyclone or surf elsewhere.

Dania South Beach - Drive just past Fort Lauderdale and find Dania South Beach. This lesser known gem has been known to throw up some excellent almond-shaped barrels from time to time. The spot is a little fickle, so don't feel disheartened if you find the surf flat. The spot is relatively uncrowded during the week, but be prepared to hustle for waves over the weekend.

Spoils - This spot is strictly for experienced surfers and it is therefore generally uncrowded. Whereas all the other spots have a sandy bottom, this one features the rocks and coral reef. The spot breaks very far out and you have to be a good surfer if you even want to try and surf here. The take off wedges and becomes very steep - you could easily end up landing face-first on the reef if you don't know what you are doing.

Picking up lessons

There are various sites on the net that offer surf lessons in the Miami area. You could either book before your arrival; or, just stroll along the beach and find someone surrounded by surfboards. The Miami locals are renowned for their friendliness, so don't ever hesitate to ask someone.

Do something a little different

Surfing is just one of the activities that you can participate in. There are a wide range of excellent opportunities that can meet the desires of every traveler. When you visit Miami, you should try to open your mind and experience as much as possible. There are so many things to see in Miami and you should never let your fears stop you from enjoying a fulfilling experience. Use your Miami holiday to reacquaint yourself with your inner-daredevil.

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Florida Manatees the Gentle Sea Cow

By La Rita L. Shroy

Florida manatees, the gentle sea cow, are shy and harmless marine mammals. The manatees are large and weight close to a ton. They reach a length of almost 15 feet. Since their bodies are shaped like an elongated oval with a paddle-shaped tail, it provides them with effective propulsion.

A female manatee will mature in about five years and a male requires nine years to mature. When they mature they'll be capable of reproduction. The gestation period is about 13 months. Single births are most common. However, there have been recorded records of twin births but this is rarer. Babies are born weighing between 60-70 pounds. Calves remain with their mothers and nurse for as long as two years. They can live up to 60 years of age.

The gentle sea cows find havens in the canals and rivers. They favor the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico during the cooler winter months.

They cluster in and around the waters of Citrus County in the city of Crystal River and Homosassa. The water is warm and comes from the springs with an average temperature of 72 degrees. There have been up to 476 manatees found herding in these waters. If there is a sudden severe cold snap and the water temperature drops severely, it can kill them.

The manatees survive in salt or fresh water. They are totally vegetarian and adults eat 10 to 15 percent of their body weight each day or about 100 pounds of watery aquatic vegetation. Since they spend about half their time sleeping, it's a wonder that they are awake enough to eat so much vegetation.

They drift down to the bottom in shallow waters and sleep. They are air-breathing mammals and take a breath at intervals as long as 20 minutes. They rise to the surface, exhale noisily through the nostrils located on the tip of their snot, take a deep breath and sink back down to resume their nap.

Their most dangerous enemy is from human activity. The fast-moving motorboat with a propeller, spinning like a saw, cuts through their hide. Therefore, there are strict regulations enforced for boat operators. Operators of motorboats need to obey the slow speed, idle or no wake speed when the areas are known to have manatees. Boaters are not allowed into the forbidden zone. There are warnings posted in the sanctuaries.

One way to know if there are manatees in the boating area is to look for a swirl at the surface of the water or there may be the back of the mammal sticking out of the water.

Since the sea cow is by nature gentle, this encourages people to swim in waters where they gather, touching them and offering lettuce or other greens. It is illegal to feed manatees or harass them in any way. If a person is caught they could face paying a large fine.

These mammals also get caught in water-control systems or in nets and lines intended to catch fish and crabs. Their most serious threat comes from a loss of their habitat.

Fortunately, the manatees are protected in the United States under federal law. Florida passed the Manatee Sanctuary Act in 1978. Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1983.

The refuge is for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee. The refuge preserves the last unspoiled and undeveloped habitat in Kings Bay. The bay forms the headwaters of the Crystal River. The warm water springs are havens that provide a critical habitat for the populations that migrate to this area each winter. It is home for more than 25 percent of the nation's population.

Do you want to swim with the manatees? Snorkeling is an excellent way to meet them up close and personal. Usually, you'll need to hire a guide or use a tour company that can instruct you how to carefully swim with these gentle creatures. They will provide you with a snorkel, snorkel mask and wet suit.

You'll need to swim with as little splashing as possible, enter the water slowly and quietly. Don't swim after them. Instead, let them come up to you and they'll let you take their picture. Don't poke or probe them at any time with any object, and that includes hands, arms or feet. Don't separate a cow from her calf or an individual from a group.

Florida manatees, the gentle sea cow, is an endangered species but you can still have a memorable experience while protecting them.

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Things to Do in Florida: Airboat Rides

By Wayne Gilbert

Florida is well known for a lot of things; it's famous for wild spring break parties, for its pristine beaches, and for its fine, white sand. It's also known for its humongous theme parks and resorts such as Universal studios, Walt Disney World, and of course, Sea World. However, if there's one thing that cannot be ignored about this place is it's unique wildlife that you simply cannot find anywhere else in the world.

If you want to make your Florida getaway more fun and extremely memorable, you should go ahead and explore its swamps. After joining a huge crowd of people in theme parks and on beaches, this is the best way to have some peace and quiet while appreciating nature. And there's no better way to do this than riding in airboats. These are wildlife-friendly boats that run on a huge fan instead of traditional water propeller. Because of this, airboats do not disturb the aquatic wildlife and allow tourists to skim across the surface of the water to easily spot turtles and alligators.

Although the main reasons why people go to Florida is to visit theme parks and pristine beaches, over the years airboats and swamp exploration are growing in popularity especially now that they're made for the whole family (there's no age limit as long as everybody's wearing a life vest). It's also made convenient. People who are spending at least 2 nights in an Orlando resort can easily take an airboat trip that can be as quickly as 1-2 hours.

Airboat rides are tailor-fit to the specific needs and demands of tourists. For people who just want to try it out, they can sign up for a half-hour trip. Reservations for this trip aren't needed. Tourists can just hop on anytime of the day. However, for those people who really want to get a glimpse of the wildlife, a day trip would be more suitable. Night tours are also available as most swamps wildlife is nocturnal.

The best time to go on an airboat ride is during summer when the sky is very clear and at night when the alligators feed. As mentioned before, there are no age limits so the whole family can go. Included in the fees are hearing protection and life vests. Although you'll be with a guide who'll take care of you, it is still highly recommended that you exercise caution. Keep your eyes open, as you'll never know when an alligator or other wildlife animals might be a few feet away.

Aside from airboats and aside from exploring the wildlife, other things that you can do in Florida is going to the beach. You can swim all you want, enjoy the white sand, and try water sports and other activities. You also don't want to miss the Everglades, which is the 3rd biggest national park in the US. It's a 10,000 square mile area of subtropical marshes, tree islands, mangrove forest, and prairies where you can find different wildlife animals and amazing species.

Wayne Gilbert is a Florida native with over 30 years of outdoors experience. His website Airboat Rides is one of the most popular Florida Everglades attractions.

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So Many Adventures at the Everglades

By Justin A Stockdalez

The Florida Everglades is one of the many attractions in Miami. Tourists from all over the world come to Miami to enjoy the Miami Everglades Tours. You are able to ride on a fan boat and check out the various animals that inhabit this unique ecosystem.

A few places that can be toured while on an Everglades tour Miami are listed below:

The Everglades Alligator Farm: Tourists can take the Everglades shuttle and come to this farm that is located just outside the Everglades National Park. It is one of the oldest alligator farms in southern Florida. Tourists may travel from Miami to the Everglades to become amazed by the thousands of alligators that live in the farm. Over the years, cameras crews and visitors have come to this place to tour the unique habitat and understand its many mysteries. A visit to this farm will allow you to check out a variety of exotic snakes, rare species of crocodiles, and of course lots of alligators!

o Tourists can also avail of an airboat tour across the river of grass. You are able to board an Everglades airboat and glide through the shallow waterways to different places in the Everglades. This is not only an alligator tour. You are also able to see other animals such as raccoons, bob cats, and birds, etc. during the airboat tour. After the trip, you can check out an animal show at the farm. It is quite exciting. The audience is also allowed and encouraged to participate in such shows. Do not miss it!

Gatorland: It is situated around seven miles south of the Florida Mall. Tourists can visit the website of this park to obtain more information, as well as proper directions. The park initially opened as a roadside attraction in the late 1940s. Since then, it has grown to become the alligator capital of the world. It is not only a park, but also a wildlife preserve that is spread across 110 acres. Tourists to Gatorland will notice that the park is a unique combination of old world charm and modern entertainment options. The park comes with a breeding swamp for the alligators. Patrons can climb the observation tower and check out the baby and mother alligators, and so on (you do not want to go near the mother alligator). Additionally, you will also come across other awesome tourist sights such an aviary, Gator Gully Splash Park, restaurants, and a gift park. Tourists will also be able to enjoy the best train ride in all of Florida, at this park.

The Everglades National Park: It is one of most visited tourist attractions in the state of Florida. The park is a protected section of the Florida Everglades and offers a number of excursions for the tourists. In addition to tours of the wetlands aboard an Everglades airboat, visitors to the park can also engage in other activities such as biking down various trails, ranger-led hikes along the sawgrass marshes, camping in the wilderness, canoeing and boating expeditions, fishing, and several such outdoor adventures. You need to visit the Ernest Coe center at the park to acquire detailed information about the different activities that are on the menu.

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Places You Need to Visit on Your First Trip to Tampa

By Abuzar Mir

Your first trip to any new destination can be very overwhelming and tricky to plan. Although a lot looks appealing, you don't know whether you're doing the planning rightly so until you finally experience it. However, that shouldn't stop you from traveling.

Tampa is a spectacular destination to travel to. With so many amazing attractions to visit, you'll be spoilt with choices. Here are some places you need to visit on your first trip to Tampa.

Busch Gardens
Anyone who has ever heard of Tampa's spectacular attractions would definitely know about the Busch Gardens. If you are traveling with family or a large group, this amusement park will turn out to be the perfect day out in Tampa. There are endless adventures for tourists of all age groups at the Busch Gardens.

A project of SeaWorld Entertainment, the themed rides and adventures are one of a kind and so are the live shows. From perfect places to eat out and shop, there are plenty of joys to experience at the Busch Gardens.

Museum of Science and Industry
If you hold an interest for science, technology and industry, this is a museum not to be missed. The museum's gigantic size makes it a very fulfilling experience that would be of an interest to people of all age groups. There's endless to explore in the museum with plenty of hands-on activities, both for the kids and adults. Children are particularly amused when they make their way to the functional planetarium and the science demonstrations.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an ideal place for a family day out. With the wide choice of activities to choose from, you'd not even realize how quickly your day will pass by!

The Tampa Riverwalk
One of the reasons Tampa is very famous among the tourists is its waterfront. To experience that in the best manner, you need to make your way to the Tampa Riverwalk. This is a pedestrian path that acts like a bridge and connects Tampa's downtown to the waterfront. It runs along the Hillsborough River and is the scenic gateway to plenty of hotels, attractions, dining places and other entertaining options. The Tampa Riverwalk is packed with tourists all the time and is the part of Tampa that is never missing its hustle and bustle.

Lowry Park Zoo
If you've animal lovers in your family, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo offers the perfect entertainment to them. It has all the joys of any functional zoo and beyond. What's most interesting when you make your way there is to witness how to the zoo protects unusual creatures that are seldom found anywhere else.

The zoo is a great home to over 1300 creatures, some of which include Florida panthers, chimpanzees and koalas of Queensland. The zoo has done incredible efforts to protect the endangered animals. From educational experiences to entertainment, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is an incredible place to be!

These best Tampa travel tips will be all you need to make your trip a joyful one!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Review - From Endangered Species to King Tut, and Everything in Between

By George Buyers

Busch Gardens Tampa, like its sister park in Virginia, has a special theme. Whereas the latter has a classic European theme, however, the former has an African theme. At the park in Tampa, guests will get to come face-to-face with endangered and exotic animals straight out of Africa. It's the next best thing to actually being on an African Safari.

It's also a cheaper alternative. And, thanks to online discounts, you can get a great deal on tickets. You can choose between a single day ticket, fun pass, and multi-park pass which includes other parks in the area, such as Adventure Island and SeaWorld.

Just take a look at all of the admissions options and vacation packages and choose the one that is ideal for you. There are a variety of packages available tailored to groups, couples, and families.

There is a lot of excitement to be found at Busch Gardens Tampa. As mentioned above, there are many exotic animals that live in the park: cheetahs, hyenas, meerkats, elephants, etc. At the Edge of Africa, you can encounter all of these animals - and more - in naturalistic habitats. You'll be able to set your own pace as you wander around and explore.

One group of animals you don't want to overlook is the peacocks. These gorgeous birds can be found roaming just about everywhere at the park. You might also find them around the Bird Gardens area.

Speaking of Bird Gardens, this area is the home of 500 or so tropical birds from all around the world. Watch a variety of species fly around in the free-flight aviary. There are many bright, colorful birds there, including a flock of flamingos.

If you're looking for an adventure, how about visiting King Tut's Tomb? This is an exact replica of the infamous 1920s archaeological discovery of the boy king who lived and died in Egypt some 3,000 years ago. Guests are allowed to dig for replicas of the artifacts that were uncovered during the actual dig. King Tut's Tomb is an exciting attraction for the entire family. You'll especially want to bring your kids to this exhibit. It will be a fun, educational experience for everyone.

These suggestions will only get you started. There are many other exhibits, rides, shows, etc, including Critter Castaways, Iceploration, and Serengeti Railway. There are also restaurants and concession stands, which are conveniently located throughout the park. Be sure to take advantage of any Busch Gardens Tampa discount tickets you come across so that you'll have extra money for shopping.

You can go ahead and get started right now if you want. Even if you're still unsure about when you want to go, you should still check out Busch Gardens Tampa discount tickets so that you'll be able to plan your budget. You might actually be surprised at how affordable admission to this park can be - especially with annual passes.

To find out more about SeaWorld coupons, discounts, and special offers, visit George's website - http://www.gripbuy.com/Tickets/seaworld-tickets.html

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The Other Orlando Attractions

By Ronald LaRue

The Orlando attractions available during a trip to the City of Magic are plentiful. Theme parks and water adventures are but a small portion of the Orlando, Florida attractions. International Drive (I-Drive to the locals) houses many fine dining and dancing venues as well as a variety of museums and other places of wonder to visit. Unfortunately, tours in Orlando are primarily of the self-guided nature. Families and couples find the freedom within the huge variety of Orlando Attractions is best left to the free spirit to explore.

On I-drive, one will find a trolley for great transportation up and down the very busy and long avenue. I-drive is both a local favorite and a vacationer's area for great wonderment. From automobile museums to the upside down mansion one finds midway, it never ceases to amaze. Then, as the sun sets and a couple strolls along the busy street, a stop in one of the many lounges is a beckoning call beyond denial. A stop in for a cool drink with beautiful music in the background, it is all too easy to become lost in another's eyes. Orlando magic is sure to come true every time.

Off I-drive are also many locations to explore. Orlando Florida. Attractions are not outdone by the world famous fishing in close proximity to the city. Indeed, an exploring individual can easily find many rather small 10 to 20 acre ponds to slip away upon for sunrise or sunset angling. Of course, a car would be required to find them and gain access, often hidden amongst the dense brush that is the forest/swamp land found throughout the state. The St. John's River is also nearby and there are many public areas to fish. Kissimmee is a fishing destination of world renown also. Did I say explore? Well, an adventurous spirit is a necessity for these types of small journeys. Do not waste your time if you are not willing to "push the envelope" of comfort and it is wise to have a partner. The choice always is available to find a local guide to take you on a private adventure. Many highly skilled captains know right where to go and find the big bass, if you are willing to spend the money! Absolutely do not forget, if there is water in Florida there are gators.

There are gator parks, in fact. Gator parks allow one to see alligators feed and attempt to feed upon the carcasses of the crazy individuals that make their money wrestling these ancient creatures for the amusement of the Florida traveler. Guaranteed to create queasiness in the strongest stomach, a gator park truly is a "must do" activity whenever visiting any section of Florida.

When visiting Orlando attractions on your next visit, look at the many other possibilities available for your idea of fulfilling enjoyment; self-tours in Orlando can be quite fulfilling to the adventurous heart or extremely calming to the gentle soul. The full spectrum of emotional enjoyment waits all around Orlando, Fla. Attractions. Creating memories is the finest asset found in the Sunshine State; nowhere else will you find this true more than with Orlando Attractions.

Visit Tickets to Airlines Travel for discount eTickets on tours. A travel shopping experience with extensive Florida Travel options, Universal Studios Resorts and Orlando Attractions are among the many items listed for you to explore.
Visit, Shop, Travel, Be Happy every time as you always "Make an Informed Decision and Travel Wise."

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