Bok Tower Gardens always shows up in guides on things to do in Central Florida, but no one ever really sells you on all the reasons to visit. On first blush, it sounds as if you visit to see a tower or garden. What if I told you that Bok Tower and the gardens are only one element of Bok Tower Gardens? And while impressive, there is so much more to see and do at Bok Tower [...]
Most travelers heading to South Africa are typically going to go on a safari or are planning to cage dive with the great whites. Planning a safari in Cape Town is not as easy as you think. The eastern side of Africa is known for safaris and the western side is known for marine life. Depending on which of these two you are traveling for will determine your location. For example, if you are going to [...]
Every once in a while, your travels take you to places that you never knew existed. Often, this includes a variety of experiences, and food is one that we all cherish. After my first visit to Bartow, the locals gave me several recommendations of things we should do on our next visit. Sweet Magnolia’s was one of these suggestions, and we made it a point to eat lunch here to experience this local favorite. So, what makes [...]
Nestled in between Switzerland and Austria and situated on the banks of the Rhine. The tiny county of Liechtenstein is home to several stunning castles; this is why you should visit Liechtenstein! Most likely missed by most or even unheard of by many. Liechtenstein, while small packs a punch. Liechtenstein is a German-speaking country that is only 15.5 miles long. It is Europe's fourth-smallest country, with an area of 62 square miles. As of 2019, its population [...]
All Bartowans are familiar with The Wonder House. After all, it was once the town’s main tourist attraction from 1934 to 1963. Sadly, like many mansions before it, The Wonder House has been through its share of owners and a long stints of abandonment. That is until 2015 when the new owners purchased it to pursue their dream of preserving an era. The Wonder House might be one of the most exciting mansions to visit in Florida. [...]
Heidiland is a region of Eastern Switzerland packed with high mountains, clear lakes, diverse nature, and original postcard-worthy villages. A total of 32 communities in an area of 24 square miles. It’s also home of Heidi Village, the original site of the world-famous Heidi story. A short-day trip from the Bavarian region of Germany, Austria or Switzerland, this is a must for anyone familiar with the story of Heidi or those looking to experience dramatic Swiss scenery. [...]
An Africa Safari in Florida? Yes, really and right in the heart of Central Florida. And, not a theme park imitation. An actual safari. Safari Wilderness is an authentic safari experience that enables you to ride through 260 acres of land where the animals roam free. Safari Wilderness is the only place in Central Florida where you can experience African animals in this setting. A setting so realistic to home were it not for the native species [...]
Are you looking for things to do in Central Florida this fall? Fall kicks of the beginning of many holiday celebrations and fall bring an extraordinary variety of things to do, especially the Halloween ones! Here is your complete guide to all events, activities, and things to do in Central Florida. Get your pumpkin patch on, bring on the scares, trick or treat or attend one of many annual fall events. With over 100 things to do, [...]
Long before planning our trip to Scandinavia, I had seen and heard about Bergen Norway. I was captivated by the images that all look like scenes from a fairytale. Often, when I plan trips, I wonder if it will be as I imagine. Or, in this case, as beautiful. Bergen Norway is a stunning as I imagined, it's breathtakingly beautiful even in [...]
I think most Floridians have seen a video or heard of The Devil's Den Prehistoric Spring. A couple of years ago, there was a spree of promotional videos that captivated the imagination of any of us that did not already know about this spring. If you’ve seen any of those videos or pictures like me, you probably wonder what it’s like to [...]
The amphicars at Disney Springs, what in the world are they? If you’ve visited Disney Springs recently and been to the Boat House, you’ve likely seen the amphicars - the cars that are driving on the lake. Yes, automobiles that operate on water. Or, a car that becomes a boat once on the water. Often referred to as "cars that swim." If [...]
Build it, and they will come — a true statement for Streamsong Resort. Located in the middle of nowhere, twenty-seven miles away from Lakeland, the closest town being Bartow Florida. Streamsong Resort is like nothing you’ve experienced before. Opening in 2014, this mid-century modern marvel is spectacular from the outside in, and no detail is overlooked. Most are here for the golf [...]
Located in Polk County, referred to as "City of Oaks and Azaleas," Bartow Florida is unheard of by most. Like many small towns, the first appearance is the same as any: the classical main street, a four-way stop, the local courthouse and the silence of empty storefronts. As you arrive on a Saturday, finding parking on Main Street, Bartow is simple. There [...]
Believe it or not, Florida is home to a winery or two! California move over you got nothing on us! My personal favorite is Lakeridge Winery located in Clermont. It’s my favorite because the actual grapes are grown here, the actual vineyard is here and you can tour the vineyard along with sampling the products. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read [...]
The Howey Mansion in Florida might not be as well-known as other mansions from the 1900’s era. It might not be as famous, as big or as opulent, but it is packed with rich history, a fascinating story and it’s been renovated to capture the original luster. A massive fan of mansions, palaces, and stately homes, visiting the Howey Mansion has been on [...]
Learn how to stay at a Disney Resort for at least half the listed price! All Disney enthusiasts dream of staying on site at a Disney World Resort. It’s a dream for most because Disney World Resorts are pricey. While Disney World does offer resorts in all budget categories, they are still out of reach for some. This post may contain affiliate links. [...]
Cape Romano Dome House History The Cape Romano Dome House is not technically on Marco Island, Florida. It is on the next Island down called Ten Thousand Island, which is only accessible via water. The island belongs to a larger group of Ten Thousand Islands. Built by Bob Lee, a now-deceased retired oil producer in 1980. The self-sustaining solar-powered dome homes started [...]
You only get one life and tomorrow is not guaranteed. Many people wait for retirement to travel. What if you are not lucky enough to make it to retirement? Ability to travel boils down to priorities. Do you really need a new car? How big of a home do you really need? Travel is the greatest education money can buy and the foundation of freedom and adventure.
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