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Try Boggy Creek Airboat Rides for a Central Florida Wildlife Adventure

May 17th, 2012

By Mike Cooney – Chief Explorer, Cooney World Adventures

It’s a cool morning, and there’s a light mist hovering just above the still waters of Lake Tohopekaliga near Kissimmee. A large turtle pops its head above the water, takes a quick breath and disappears with only a slight ripple to show it was there. Suddenly, a Great Blue Heron glides by and lands gently in the shallow water only a few feet away. Flocks of White Egrets can be seen flying in the distance along with many other Florida water birds. Against the cobalt blue sky an Osprey hovers for a few seconds before plummeting to catch its unsuspecting prey just below the surface of the water. Although this may sound like a description from early in the last century, it is a common occurrence for guests going on Boggy Creek Airboat Rides.

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Beautiful Sunrise Wins Destin Area Summer Photo Contest

September 12th, 2011
Sunrise on Okaloosa Island between the Destin and FWB Bridge
Overall Winner: Scotty Lisenbe – Sunrise on Okaloosa Island between the Destin and FWB Bridge.

Destin, FL – Six years ago, the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce launched the Destin Area Summer Photo Contest to give area visitors and residents a forum to share their favorite Destin memories.

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Feeding Blue Heron in the Florida Everglades

August 28th, 2011

Feeding Blue Heron Part 1

Photographing wildlife is one of our favorite things here at PlacesAroundFlorida.com and on a recent trip to the Florida Everglades we snapped these pictures of a great blue heron feeding. Above, the heron stalking his prey.

Feeding Blue Heron Part 2

There’s the strike.

Feeding Blue Heron Part 3

Oops, missed him. More Everglades Pictures »


Key West Historic Marker Tour Spotlights Colorful Island History

June 21st, 2011

Southernmost Point In Key West FL

Key West, Florida Keys – Contemporary visitors can discover and experience the multifaceted history of Key West via the Key West Historic Marker Tour recently debuted by a local historian. Historic sites can be explored individually through free cell-phone tours or downloads from www.keywesthistoricmarkertour.org.

The tours include sites and properties bearing Key West Historic Marker plaques that highlight their place in island history. The sites were selected based on historian Bruce Neff’s expert research into their significance.

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Spring Break in Daytona Beach – Tips, Ideas and Activities

March 2nd, 2011

Shrimper off Daytona Beach

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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Mt. Dora May Be Close to Orlando, But the Difference is Miles Apart

January 26th, 2011

Blue Heron in Mt Dora

By Kirby Collins

If you are in Orlando and looking for something completely different, Mt Dora is only 25 miles from Orlando straight up US 441. This cool little artsy community on Lake Dora is perfect for anybody who’s spent too much time at Central Florida theme parks.

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House Tours Feature Key West Architecture and Atmosphere

January 14th, 2011

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum - The House

Key West, Florida Keys – Restored cigar-makers’ cottages and gingerbread-trimmed Victorian mansions stand side by side on narrow streets of Key West, creating an intriguing architectural fusion in the historic Old Town district.

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Cold Weather is Best Time to See Manatees at Blue Spring State Park

December 26th, 2010

Manatees Playing

Blue Spring, FL – When the mercury drops in Central Florida, manatees in the St. Johns River look for warm water and the best place for manatees and those who want to see them is Blue Spring State Park near Orange City.

Manatee

The manatees visit Blue Spring because the water that comes out of the spring is a constant 72 degrees year round making it a life saver for manatees who don’t migrate south during the winter.

Canoe Rentals at Blue Springs

The State Park is also popular for the many activities available like canoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking and boat tours of the St. Johns River.

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Vandenberg, Key West’s New Artificial Reef Open to Public

June 2nd, 2009

Vandenberg Sinking 1

Vandenberg Sinking 2

Vandenberg Sinking 3

Key West, Florida Keys – A retired U.S. Air Force missile-tracking ship intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary has opened for public use.

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Sea Gulls Verses Crab

April 21st, 2009

By Kirby Collins

Don't Taste Me Bro!

We recently visited Sarasota as part of our latest additions for PlacesAroundFlorida.com. While visiting Longboat Key we photographed this standoff between two seagulls and a medium sized land crab.

I Can Has Cheezeburger?

We didn’t interfere and watched as the seagulls eventually figured the crab was more trouble than it was worth.

No Pose For U!

Since the crab was exposed and away from his hole, we took the opportunity as he posed for a shot before he covered himself, then remained motionless until we left.




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