Tampa Bay Christmas Events 2021

There are a ton of Tampa Bay Christmas events happening this year to get your fill of Christmas spirit. From lights displays to musicals to ice skating, there is something here that everyone will enjoy! Tampa/Hillsborough County Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park This classic Tampa holiday event features local shop pop-ups, cafe and sweet …

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Florida Lives Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Shopping for holiday gifts can be difficult if you’re looking for stocking stuffers, budget gifts, or a fun experience for the “person who has everything.” These gifts are perfect for the Florida-lover in your life, Florida-lover approved! By the way, these gifts are great any time of year! Shop my guide for birthdays, housewarmings, Florida …

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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is a unique Florida state park just outside of Gainesville. The park encompasses over 21,000 acres of Florida wetlands and prairie, miles of hiking trails and a campground. This park has two entrances: the main entrance with the majority of trails and activities, and the La Chua Trail & Alachua …

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Things to Do in Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, located in the panhandle. From springs and rivers to museums and architecture, Tallahassee has a lot to do! While it may not be the first destination you think of for a day trip or weekend getaway, you’ll be sure to enjoy strolling through downtown, exploring nature, and learning a …

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Best State Parks to Visit in West Central Florida

Florida has such a diverse landscape and our state parks reflect that! From rivers and springs, to beaches and lighthouses, you’ll find a variety of fun state parks in West Central Florida. Many of these parks are located around the Tampa Bay area. If you’re looking for some time in nature and fun outdoor adventures, try out some of these West Central Florida State Parks.

Springs In The Ocala National Forest

The Ocala National Forest is just north of Orlando and is a perfect destination for nature lovers. The forest is great for hiking, camping and wildlife viewing, but there are also four crystal-clear natural springs in the Ocala National Forest. They are Juniper Springs, Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, and Alexander Springs. Each spring is within a recreation area where there are plenty of activities to do. The springs are great for families, Florida road trips and even day trips.

Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park is one of Florida’s oldest tourist attractions. The park’s world famous Glass Bottom Boats have been delighting guests in central Florida since the 1870s. Silver Springs became a state park in 2013. Prior to that it was a privately owned “nature theme park” that featured zoo-type animal exhibits, entertainment and rides. …

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Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is one of North Florida’s many pristine natural springs. The crystal clear, 72-degree fresh water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and paddling. And it’s the newest Florida State Park!