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Sanford: Historic Charm

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Spend a few hours in Sanford and you’ll see why the locals call it home. Read More  Read More

Destination: Family Adventure

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Family-friendly day trips that offer something for everyone. Read More  Read More

Out & About in Greater Orlando March 2017

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Fun things for the whole family to do throughout Greater Orlando in March Read More  Read More

Sun-Kissed Adventures

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Visitors and residents alike find much to love about life in Kissimmee. Read More  Read More

Time Out for Fun: 6 Easy Family Road Trips From Orlando

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When it comes to family fun in Greater Orlando, do you feel like you’ve been there, done that? Well, maybe you just need to drive a little further. From historical forts and beaches to marine discovery centers and museums, Orlandoans have access to adventure from coast to coast. Ready to start exploring some fantastic spots? Consider these cool day-trip destinations, most of which... Read More

Nighttime Family Adventures

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Heat up family fun when the sun goes down! Classic nighttime entertainment can always be found at arcades, bowling alleys, community theatres, and miniature golf courses, but we’re shining light on some other attractions & adventures that are best enjoyed after dark! Bioluminescent Boating During the cool months, bioluminescent comb jellyfish (which do not sting) congregate... Read More

Bike Your Way Around Florida

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National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, is celebrated during May in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage residents to embrace this treasured pastime. Want to pedal beyond your neighborhood? Log onto BikeOrlando.net to explore 19 different bike trail... Read More

Florida Horse Country

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Did you know that much of our sunshine state can be explored by horseback? From the gentle slopes of secluded forests, to swampy wetlands, to picturesque river banks teeming with wildlife, plenty of horse trails are waiting for you to take a ride! With over 300,000 horses and more than 12,000 horse farms, Florida is a horse lover’s paradise. If you love horses but being a spectator... Read More

8 Tips for Camping with Children – and Actually Enjoying it!

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I am not a stellar camper – I’ve probably camped just five times in my life. But I have this urge to take my children camping this year. I have visions of a family-focused adventure; hot dogs and s’mores by the fire; fishing and swimming in a lake; and leisurely hikes through a beautiful, wooded park. I just know that my kids (ages 2, 4, 7) will love it ─ following a brief... Read More

Sea Cows Swim South for Winter

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Natural Manatee Habitats are Naturally Fun for Florida Families   Winter is coming and, with it, thousands of migratory manatees seeking the warmer Florida waters; a yearly occurrence that presents a wonderful opportunity for families to observe these mellow giants in their natural habitat. Prepare to be captivated by their enormous size and gentle demeanor, as they slowly glide... Read More

Blueberry Bliss

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U-pick Season Offers Tasty Family Fun From sugar-sweet citrus to chin-dripping juicy watermelons, Central Floridians are blessed with a bounty of fresh produce year round. With the warmth of spring, local blueberries are slowly turning from firm and green, to plump, brilliant purple and juicy, deep blue. Blueberry season begins in mid-April and typically runs through June. So,... Read More

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest

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This holiday season, travel to Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest in Eustis, Florida, where you can pick and cut your very own Christmas tree! —————– In 1986, Jack and Judy Ewing joined the Florida Christmas Tree association, and a year later planted their first Christmas trees. In 1989, they opened Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest to the public and... Read More

Camp – More Than Fun For Kids 

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When your child goes to camp, you know he’s going to meet new kids, make friends, and have fun. Yet, the camp experience can provide much more than just a great time. Camp offers kids a wide variety of experiences to expand their thinking, strengthen their self-esteem, and enhance their self-reliance. Build Confidence Camp provides opportunities for kids to build confidence. Both... Read More

Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter

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Butterflies land on your fingertip and even your nose at this Oviedo attraction! We pulled into the crunchy gravel parking lot at Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter in Oviedo, Florida with a sense of adventure. My grandkids and I were about to embark on a tropical adventure and become one with the butterfly and its habitat. In 2004, the owners of Lukas Nursery, a fourth generation... Read More

Over the River and through the Woods: Tips for Family Hikes

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Spring is a great time to explore your region’s parks and trails. But you need more than sunscreen, water, and high-energy snacks to enjoy a family hike. To maximize the fun and keep the cries of “My feet hurt…Are we there yet?” to a minimum, hiking experts offer some steps you can take before you hit the trail, as well as during your adventure trek. Ready, Set, Let’s... Read More

Happy Trails on a Bike

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The Ultimate Family Fun on Wheels  – It’s May – Celebrate National Bike Month In the pursuit of health, fitness, and family fun, Derek and Mary Blomberg of Metrowest, and their five-year-old daughter, Annalise, cycle together as often as possible along one of Central Florida’s beautiful biking trails. “It’s a fun way for us to exercise and spend quality time... Read More

Picking Strawberries – Fields of Fun and Yum

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There is nothing quite as inviting to the palate as fresh strawberries – juicy, delicious, and good for you too! Whether eaten fresh or used in ice cream or milk shakes, the bright red berries are a favorite of nearly every berry connoisseur. So, imagine your family’s reaction when they spy a whole field of strawberries! Let the picking frenzy begin! As Central Florida residents,... Read More

Manatee in the Wild… An Unforgettable Family Experience

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One summer evening, my husband and I went for a relaxing stroll with our kids along the fishing pier in Ponce Inlet. Our quiet walk was suddenly interrupted by an excited group of people running toward the pier handrail near us and shouting, “Manatee!”  For more than an hour, my daughters were completely captivated, as they watched a mother manatee and her calf frolic in the... Read More