Diversions & Excursions

Blueberries Take Center Stage at Keel Farms

By Lynn Gonzalez | May 13, 2023

The Tampa Bay area is filled with craft breweries and lots of hot spots for beer lovers. Wine and cider aficionados, on the other hand, have to look a little harder to find a place that celebrates their drinks of choice. A short drive east on I-4 to Plant City will take you to Keel […]

The Courtney Campbell Trail

By Heather Bossowski | May 5, 2023

Sitting on Old Tampa Bay between Rocky Point and Bayshore Boulevard in Clearwater lies a stretch of dedicated pavement that is a recreational playground, with easy access from the road. Considered to be one of the best stretches for biking in the area, the Courtney Campbell Trail offers riders the perfect scenic byway to traverse […]

Ginnie Springs

By Heather Bossowski | April 10, 2023

A visit by Jacques Cousteau left him with the impression this aqua oasis had “visibility forever.” Just outside of Gainesville, on the Santa Fe River, lies the historic village of High Springs. This charming old Florida town is dotted with Victorian and Craftsman style dwellings, quaint shops and restaurants, and is home of the famous […]

Create Positive Scent Memories at the Candle Pour

By Lynn Gonzalez | April 5, 2023

Rachel Carson once said, “For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories, and it is a pity that we use it so little.” Scents can evoke feelings, places and experiences, but recapturing a specific smell can be difficult. Fortunately, the Candle Pour in Hyde Park Village makes […]

Pye Road Meadworks Gives Honey Wine the Craft Beer Treatment

By Lynn Gonzalez | March 1, 2023

If the only mead you’ve ever had was drunk from a horn at a renaissance festival, you may want to give the honey-based alcoholic drink another shot. That is according to Matt and Debbie McDonough, owners of Pye Road Meadworks in Odessa. The two brewers opened their cozy tasting room and brewery in the Keystone […]


Adventures in Florida Fossiling

By Heather Bossowski | February 7, 2023

Spend A Day Unearthing Pieces of Florida’s Prehistoric Past By Heather Bossowski Millions of years ago, Florida as we know it today was submerged under a shallow sea of blue. Dugongs, mako and the massive megalodon, which grew to 60 feet in length, reigned supreme, patrolling the ancient depths. As they hunted, they dropped thousands […]

A Visit to Crystal River

By WOW Editor | January 4, 2023

By Heather Bossowski Each winter, as the temperatures drop, manatees make a beeline for the warm waters of the many springs that flow through the Sunshine State. Pumping out a steady stream of 72-degree water year-round, they provide the perfect habitat for these gentle creatures to overwinter. Just 90 minutes north of Tampa lies a […]

Exploring Dry Tortugas National Park

By WOW Editor | September 15, 2022

Seventy miles from the mainland lies history set in paradise. Summer has passed and the kids have returned to school. Carefree days have given way to academics and sport schedules. Summer trips are memories fresh in our minds. Have you begun planning your next trip? Dry Tortugas National Park is one for the family adventure […]

Whet Your Appetite for Destruction at the Smash Room of Tampa

By WOW Editor | August 15, 2022

Have you ever fantasized about going to a place filled with glass or other breakable items and simply destroying everything within reach without being arrested or committed? If so, there is a place where that fantasy can come true: Smash Room of Tampa! Located in a warehouse space on Nebraska Avenue, the Smash Room provides […]

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