Kissimmee, Florida

Kissimmee Lakefront ParkKissimmee is often overlooked as it is close to so many famous attractions and theme parks. Visitors to Kissimmee should take notice of it's architecture as they go through Kissimmee's downtown historic district. A delightful mural in the downtown area shows residents enjoying small town life.

Like many parts of old Florida, the historic tree lined streets are 10 degrees cooler and make shopping at the antique shops and restaurants much more enjoyable.Bass Fishing on Kissimmee's Lake Toho

Nearby Lake Toho, one of Florida most famous lakes, provides sports and recreation activities, and native birds and other wildlife call it home. Fisherman come to Lake Toho seeking trophy sized bass. Almost all bass fishing is done in 4 feet or less in thick vegetation using weedless lures.

There are many community events that are open and free to the public, like Kissimmee's concerts in the park series, which are held at Lakefront Park.

Twice a year, in October & February the Silver Spurs Rodeo comes to town, a tradition since 1944.

Senior Games held annually in Kissimmee FloridaAnnual Events and Festivals in Kissimmee
The Senior Games - annually held in January
Chili Cook-off
Osceola County Fair and Livestock Show
Concert in the Park Series
Orlando International Fringe Festival
Kissimmee Festival of Festivals

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Orlando, Florida

Visit Orlando & Disney Theme ParkOver 51 million visitors come to Orlando every year. With 450 hotels, and over 115,000 guest rooms, Orlando offers more lodging than almost any other location in the world. Orlando has over 100 attractions, including theme parks, museums, sports and entertainment, it would take a visitor over 2 months to see everything that Orlando has to offer.

Orlando is also the place to go retail shopping, with a dozen shopping malls carrying name brands located in the heart of Orlando. Hungry visitors can choose between 5,000 restaurants, with many serving delicious cuisines from all over the word.

Orlando Pedicab

Travelers on foot can get around the downtown by using the I-Ride Trolley. The Trolley service runs 7 days a week, with scheduled stops at 108 locations. Weekly passes are $10 each. More information is available online at iridetrolley.com. Orlando Bus service is also quite good, visitors can use the Lymmo Bus (a Free Service) to get around Orlando's downtown. Visitors can also take tour of Orlando via Carriage ride, or Pedicab.

Orlando's Pedicab service is complimentary Tuesday-Saturday around the central downtown area, but tipping is encouraged.

Bathtub Beach near Orland is a favorite of families

Orlando has year-round outdoor recreational opportunities with more than 2,000 lakes, springs and rivers for swimming, boating, water  skiing and fishing.

There are nearly 200 golf courses, an amazing 800 tennis courts and over 20 fitness trails for biking, walking or blading.

Plenty of choices, and fun for everyone!

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St. Augustine, Florida

Saint Augustine is located in the Northeastern part of Florida The locals refer to this region as "The First Coast." This area includes Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Amelia Island.

Saint Augustine is Rich in History

Flagler CollegeSt. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, and has been the oldest most continuously European occupied port in the United States.

Because of it's Spanish Colonial history, St. Augustine is a historic city, with many examples of 19th century architecture buildings.

Visitors to Saint Augustine can take a guided Trolley Tour through the historical districts and learn much about St. Augustine's rich culture.

Things To Do when in St. Augustine

St Augustine LightAnother exciting tour for visitors is the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, established in 1893. This unique park is the only place where you can see every species of alligator, crocodile, caiman, and gharial. The zoo also has moneys, birds, and other reptiles, like the Komodo Dragon.

The Bridge of Lions connects downtown St. Augustine to Anastasia Island. A pair of Medici Lions made of marble have been guarding the bridge since 1925.

At the north end of Anastasia Island is St. Augustine Light, an active lighthouse built in 1874. The Lighthouse and surrounding buildings have a long history of ghosts, shadows, voices and unexplained sounds. The Lighthouse staff offers regular "Dark of the Moon" ghost hunting tours. Both Museum and Lighthouse are open to the public.

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Amelia Island, Florida

8 flagsAmelia Island was originally home to Native Americans until the early 18th century. The natives lived simply, able to gather most of their needs from the ocean.

Later the island was then claimed by as many as 8 different nations. Amelia Island residents are proud of their heritage and celebrate heir multi-cultral history with annual festivals and parades.

Today Amelia Island is a popular U.S. vacation destination. Here are a few of their popular festivals:

Finding Sharks Teeth on Amelia Island

fossilized sharks teethBeachcombing for sea relics and sharks teeth is a common activity for visitors to the beaches around Amelia Island. Shark teeth are pointy and black and are presumed to be millions of years old. The source of the teeth are from sands used to replenish the beaches. The sand was dredged from the St. Mary's River, exposing a 20 million year old geological deposit.

Shark teeth can be found all around Amelia’s beaches, dispersed by tides and currents. The best time to find shark teeth is around low tide and in the wet sand at the water’s edge.

If you strike out on locating your own relic from the sea, check out the historic downtown Centre Street shops, they are sure to have what you are looking for.

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Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville is located on the banks of the St. Johns River. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucus Indians, and a recent discovery of pottery shards have dated original habitation as far back as 2500 B.C.! Not only is Jacksonville the biggest city in Florida, it may well be the oldest!
Jacksonville at night
Jacksonville is an international port city, and it's deep harbor is home to both military and civilian large water crafts. Many visitors come to Jacksonville for golf, but there are also many annual festivals and events:

 

The city center includes Jacksonville Landing, and the 2 mile Riverwalk. You can discover more about Jacksonville's history by visiting their Museums:riverwalk

 

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St George Island, Florida

St George island LightSt. George Island is a quiet, and peaceful barrier island off the Florida Panhandle, in an area known as the "Forgotten Coast".

Tragedy struck St. George Island after a fierce storm caused the tragic collapse of it's historical Lighthouse in 2005. Remnants of the historic structure were salvaged and volunteers cleaned old mortar off more than 22,000 original bricks which were used in the reconstruction. The lighthouse was completed in November of 2008. Visitors can take the 92 steps to the top. Lighthouse is located at 2 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, FL 32328.

Bird watching is a popular activity at St. George Island State Park. Visitors to the park can also hike, camp and swim.

Annual events include:
• Oyster Spat Festival (early October)

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White Sands Beach Resort

White Sands Beach Resort offers charming one & two bedroom Florida island style apa

6504 Gulf Drive
34217 Bradenton Beach , FL
Phone: (941)-778-2577

Tropical Breeze Beach Club

The Tropical Breeze Beach Club makes a lovely get away for those who want peace &

6804 Gulf Drive
34217 Bradenton Beach , FL
Phone: (941) 778-2577

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