April 15th, 2011
By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com
At the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa it’s all about the animals. The zoo sits on 56 acres that are covered with the natural habitats of more than 1,700 animals, each of them are suited for our local climate and they are used to living in Florida’s heat and humidity. They have eight habitat areas that include Asia, Australia and Africa. Some have interactive exhibits where visitors can enjoy close, safe contact with many of their animals. You can feed a giraffe, string ray or rhino or take a camel ride and in their aviaries the birds fly free and may land right on you.
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March 2nd, 2011
Daytona Beach is the classic Florida Spring Break destination. While it was very popular at one time as the college coed party capital, now many of the former party die-hards are back with their families. Daytona Beach is still a great place to be for Spring Break because one thing never changes and that is the beach.
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February 7th, 2011
Valentine’s Day is the time of year when we do something special for the one we love. Whether your sweetie likes to be pampered in luxury or head into the great outdoors for a little adventure, Florida has just what you’re looking for and if you’re inclined to do the most romantic thing on Valentine’s Day and make if official, Florida has some great places to get married and then enjoy a romantic honeymoon.
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August 3rd, 2010
The summer is almost at an end; soon the kids will be bogged down with all sorts of homework projects and looking forward to Christmas break. Before all that happens though there is still time to get in one last summer trip. We here in Florida have many water and amusement parks, tons of islands to play on and around, many historical places to visit with forts to explore and even the Panhandle beaches are much better, places like Panama City Beach have been free of oil for the last two weeks.
St. Augustine, a Family Getaway for Everyone
The historic district of St. Augustine is full of small shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Peek into doorways to find craftsmen who are knowledgeable in the trades of times past. The Spanish fort Castillo de San Marcos is a “must not miss” St. Augustine attraction. The National Park Service maintains the Fort on 20.5 acres and keeps it open every day except Christmas. Two major trolleys serve downtown St. Augustine, so getting around is easy for everyone!
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Cocoa Beach, Sun and Fun at the Beach
The beach is just the beginning in Cocoa Beach, there are many other things to see nearby such as Cape Canaveral, Port Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center where you can also watch a Space Shuttle or Rocket Launch. Another great place to visit is Jetty Park where you can fish, go camping, watch the cruise ships or just hang at the beach.
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Daytona Beach, Plenty of Things to Do
When someone says Daytona, one of three things may spring to mind. If it’s cars it’s the Daytona International Speedway or maybe that you can drive on the beach. Daytona Beach’s vibrant shoreline, lined with hotels, motels, condominiums and houses, attracts over 8 million tourists each year. Hotel and motel rooms in all price ranges and are plentiful through the end of summer.
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Beat the Heat at a Water Park
Few places in America get hotter than Florida in the summer. Fortunately no matter where you’re planning to vacation, there’s a water park close by cool off and refresh yourself.
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Aquatica the South Seas-inspired waterpark features attractions from serene to extreme. Aquatica joins sister parks SeaWorld and Discovery Cove to create a trio of immersive marine life adventures found nowhere else in the world.
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Tourist and locals alike head to Places in Orlando for some of the coolest water parks in the world. Many theme parks offer discounts to affiliated water parks when you purchase a ticket. Also during the summer there are always promotions with coupons from merchants, fast food restaurants and soft drink manufacturers making your water park adventure a bargain.
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July 19th, 2010
PlacesAroundFlorida.com announces our new Northeast Florida Beaches section. Florida has over 1250 miles of beautiful coastline and more than 90% of our beaches are oil free. And now has never been a better time to visit Florida beaches with many offering lodging discounts and other promotions. The beaches of Northeast Florida have always been popular with visitors from Georgia, North and South Carolina, but with the oil from the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster impacting the Florida Panhandle, PlacesAroundFlorida.com has recently visited and added new popular beach destinations for Florida visitors.
Northeast Florida Beaches Have Not Been Affected by the BP Oil Spill
The beaches of Northeast Florida are over a thousand miles from the oil spill and are located just off Florida’s I-95. Whether you’re looking for an unspoiled natural beach at one of Florida’s State Parks or the resort lifestyle with all of the amenities, you’ll find it in Northeast Florida. Here are just a few.
Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach
Amelia Island is a lush beautiful island, with many miles of beaches and several state parks that have trails great for hiking, biking and nature watching. Fernandina Beach is the northern most east coast beach in Florida and has been an important seaport from early on, which is evident in its Victorian-era architecture and charming historic district. One of the most popular resorts is Amelia Island Plantation. This 1350 acre AAA Four Diamond resort on Amelia Island overlooks the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west.
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Jacksonville Beach is a great place to spend a few days, as it will take you that long to see it all. The beaches are nice and wide so I guess that’s why they made the pier’s boardwalk so nice and wide. Along with the hanging out on the fishing pier, you can browse the shops at the boardwalk, ride your bike or rollerblade along, but be sure to watch for people, because this place is always crowded, day or night.
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Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach is known for two things, posh resorts and pristine golf courses, but they do have great beaches as well. The beach there is wide and sandy, great for laying out getting a tan or looking for shells, as lifeguards watch over all guests. Just south of Jacksonville, this world class resort is a favorite east coast beach.
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Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park is near St. Augustine and welcomes thousands visitors from all over the world every year to enjoy its many natural wonders. Anastasia’s four miles of beautiful beaches attract walkers, joggers, fishermen, surfers, kayakers, bicyclists and water sports enthusiasts.
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Along Florida’s east coast tucked in north of Daytona Beach you’ll find Flagler Beach; once a sleepy little fishing village Flagler Beach has flourished in to a vibrant seaside community while maintaining much of its original charm. The big ‘Flagler Beach’ emblazoned across the roof of the Flagler Beach Municipal Pier Restaurant is and has been a draw to the pier for a long time and is arguably the most familiar sign on the beach.
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Of course there are many other Beaches in Florida to visit and there’s no better way to cool off this summer than a visit to the beach.
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June 19th, 2010
The wait is over, Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now open at Islands of Adventure in Universal Studios Orlando and we were there. Our journey started very early in the morning, took us through a long, hot four hour wait but when we did get in it was all so worth it. Estimates were that over 5,000 people were vying for entrance to the grand opening of the Wizarding World and some people didn’t get in, the crowds were that large.
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February 7th, 2010
Florida is a great place for a Valentine weekend getaway with your Sweetie. There are many romantic cities that offer carriage rides through them, day or night, many have very romantic Bed and Breakfast Inns or five star resort spas where you can enough a nice couples massage or other pampering treatment. There are also many islands dotted along both of Florida’s coasts, some very secluded and private. No matter what you’re looking for or what you have in mind as quality time you’ll find it here in warm, sunny Florida.
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