Nestled way down upon the Suwanee River, is Manatee Springs State Park, an oasis of old Florida first seen and named by the botanist explorer William Bartram in 1774. The spot is picturesque and is indeed a haven for the manatees seeking warm waters during chilly weather. Even so, the springs were named after the manatee because Bartram found a manatee carcass there when he first visited.
Today’s visitors don’t have that sad sight; indeed, they see the lush beauty of primeval Florida’s forests and springs, as well as the abundant wildlife that calls this part of Florida home.
An October tradition for many Americans, corn mazes provide a fun and educational alternative to chilling haunted houses. As the warm summer months melt away to a cooler crisp, Fall sweater weather provides ideal temperatures for family adventures in the field.
Have you ever explored a corn maze? Each corn maze has a unique design, featuring twisting pathways surrounded by towering corn stalks. For those seeking to navigate a corn maze for the first time, or perhaps desire to try a new maze this year, our team at DriveTheNation.com has you covered. We’ve named the top 6 Corn Maze Adventures to Explore this Fall
Downtown Orlando has become a hotspot for people relocating to warmer climates. The up and coming restaurant scene and new national soccer team are putting Orlando on the map. More and more people visiting Central Florida for the theme parks are venturing into Orlando during their visit.
One of downtown Orlando’s most well-known attractions is Lake Eola Park. Lake Eola Park is at the heart of Downtown Orlando and consists of a mile-wide lake. It is wrapped around by a sidewalk, making it a popular spot for locals and visitors to walk their dog, go for a bike ride or a jog, or simply just walk around and enjoy the outdoors.
It’s no secret that Orlando, FL is a mecca for theme parks and thrill rides. It’s why this fun town is on the map! True, there is much more to Orlando than just the theme parks, but one of the main draws that brings visitors to this city from all over the world is the attractions. Most visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, or even Sea World when they travel to Orlando. There are several parks located in Disney and Universal, such as Islands of Adventure, Typhoon Lagoon, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. Each with their mystic.
For a taste of Old Florida that is beautiful, historical, and enjoyable, plan a trip to Silver Springs State Park at 1425 NE 58th Avenue in Ocala. The park has served as a natural landmark since the 1870s and is often called Florida’s first tourist attraction. Silver Springs boasts one of the few uninhabited spring runs in Florida. It first came to attention in the 1820s, and people came in increasing numbers once Phillip Morrell fitted a pane of glass to the bottom of his rowboat in 1870. Ever since Glass Bottom Boats have been attracting visitors from all over the world. The experience is mesmerizing, as one floats over the clear waters spotting underwater wildlife.
Up and down the Atlantic Coastline are barrier islands which remind us of the wonders of that place where the sea meets the shore. Many of these barrier islands have become seaside vacation destinations, some of them so popular that not much remains of the native habitat. Not so much with Little Talbot Island State Park. Set aside to be preserved as it was in 1951, Florida’s Little Talbot Island is renowned as one of America’s undeveloped barrier islands.Therefore, you can visit and explore at your leisure the wonders that have existed there from time immemorial.
The end of the 100-mile Overseas Highway, that long dramatic drive down through the Florida Keys, and the place of legend and lore is Key West. It is a town to linger in, and to soak in the “Conch” frame of mind. But if you have only a day to linger, here are the highlights to make your visit memorable.
The Oleta River runs through the northern reaches of the metropolitan Miami area. While Miami is famous for its glitz and glamor, over the top shopping, and clubs, as well as its showy Atlantic Ocean beaches, those from farther away may miss out on this, the largest of all Florida’s urban state parks. Locally it is thought of as the Central Park of the Sunshine State. It is an incredible natural escape from the glittery city that surrounds it.
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a Florida State Park on the St. Joseph Peninsula near Port St. Joe. You want to go to this state park because this is one of the best-unspoiled stretches of coastline in the state. Among the many wonderful beaches of Florida, this one offers unsurpassed beauty, peaceful solitude, gentle wildlife, and an environment in which to unwind, relax and recharge.
Nestled in the heart of beautiful Kissimmee, FL at the Silver Spurs Arena is a place where the magic happens. Whether it be a rodeo or a graduation, Kissimmee can be home to some amazing events. One in particular that can draw in a crowd from thousands of miles away is the Runaway Country Music Festival.