Three Reasons Why Visiting SeaWorld Orlando is Always a Good Idea!

Sea World Orlando is the perfect choice for family fun! You will find that there’s something there for everyone, whether it’s the thrills of the roller coasters or the excitement and wonder of the animals! Listed here are my favorite animal experiences, shows and rides at SeaWorld that are perfect for family fun. The Animal…

Downtown DeLand is America’s MainStreet™

One stroll through DeLand’s charismatic downtown and you’ll understand why it won the 2017 “America’s Main Streets” contest presented by Independent We Stand™ — a national movement of small business owners who advocate for the “shop local” ethos in communities throughout America. Downtown DeLand stood out as the top finalist among 10 other Main Street…

Soak Up the Last Bits of Spring at Orlando Area Botanical Gardens

I've heard a lot of commentary over the years that Florida doesn't have seasons. That's not entirely true — we have shorter, but noticeable changes in our weather and landscape throughout the year. Go to one of our many botanical gardens or state parks right now and the flowers will prove it to you. In…

Florida Scuba Diving – One of the 27th State’s Most Diverse Offerings

Editor's note: Marc Burke is an avid diver and founder of ScubaSchedules.com. In this guest post he shares tips about Florida scuba dive spots and safety.   Written By Marc Burke, PhD, NAUI Rescue Diver, founder of ScubaSchedules.com If You Like to Scuba Dive, Then Florida is the Place to Be From the Panhandle in the…

Road Trip: Palatka!

Recently, on a whim to explore another amazing Florida state park, I found myself in Palatka. It’s charming. It’s quiet, but not boring. It has impressive hiking trails that you will not be able to do in flip-flops. Visiting Palatka is a superb road trip. Where is it? Palatka is in north-central Florida between St.…

State27Homes Spotlight: Bradenton

Bradenton offers big-city amenities without big-city stress. I’ve driven through Bradenton many times on my way to Anna Maria Island without stopping. And I always think, I’m going to plan a day to explore Bradenton, too. So finally I did. And I was blown away with the amount of things to do there for a…

17 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Central Florida

Festivals, Fairs, Events Why do fairs and festivals feel so date-ish? I don’t know — maybe it’s the lights and the laughter … and the smell of fried goodies. Love is in the Air Valentine's at the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye Feb. 8-18 — I-Drive360 Orlando Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Feb. 17 & 18 — Quaint…

Wonderful Wetlands in Orlando and Tampa

World Wetlands Day is celebrated globally each year on February 2 to raise awareness about the critical value of wetlands to our environment and communities. The initiative was started in the early 1970s by a partnership between global government and private sector environmental advocates, and the official day was christened in 1997. This year organizers…

7 Central Florida Mini Adventures for the New Year

2018 has arrived and lists, to-dos and proverbial buckets are all waiting to be checked off and filled. But, let's add a dash of adventure into the mix, shall we? Here are seven ideas for fun that I like to call "mini adventures" because they don't require too much planning or time. We truly have…

15 Fun “Winter” Holiday Events in Florida

I’ll go ahead and skip the winter weather comparison part of this post. It’s Florida — it’s warm, we know, we know … but Floridians can have winter fun, too, and with just as much holiday gusto! And we don’t have to shovel anything except sand for our beach castles. So, put on your (entirely…