Diversions & Excursions

Cool Off in Florida’s Natural Springs

By WOW Editor | May 14, 2024

Florida is home to an abundance of gorgeous natural springs. Below are six springs, some nearby, others a bit of a drive, and all perfect spots to cool off on a hot summer day.   Lithia Springs Lithia Springs Park is well-known for its natural springs, which flow year-round at a crisp 72 degrees into […]

Exploring St. Augustine

By Heather Bossowski | April 26, 2024

Spring break is just around the corner, so what better time to take the family to one of Florida’s most popular destinations: St. Augustine. Since 1565, it is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. With that comes an abundance of history, and it is everywhere you look. Ponce De Leon greets […]

Weeki Wachee

By Heather Bossowski | April 26, 2024

With the warmest days of the year just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your summer fun in the sun. We all know those sweltering days where you feel like you are baking and all you want to do is dip your toes (and the rest of your body) into something to feel […]

A Beach for Everyone

By WOW Editor | April 21, 2024

When it comes to spending a day at the beach in our area, you really can’t go wrong, but it does help to have an idea of what to expect before you head out. Below, we break down a few of our favorite beaches and what makes them unique. Fred Howard Park Beach: The family […]

Camping in Florida

By Heather Bossowski | February 29, 2024

It’s winter in Florida and that means lower humidity, fewer bugs, cooler temperatures and abundant sunshine. What better time to head out into the great outdoors and take the family on a camping adventure. Campfires, smores and time spent in nature is the perfect way to recharge the spirit and create family memories that last […]

Silver Glen Springs

By Heather Bossowski | August 14, 2023

Last month we visited Alexander Springs on our “Diversions and Excursions” expedition. Only a hop, skip and jump away, perfect for a combined visit, Silver Glen Springs is another Ocala National Forest treasure to venture to on a sweltering Florida summer day. A quick 15-minute drive east through the pine scrub forest takes you from […]

Alexander Springs

By Heather Bossowski | July 14, 2023

A visit to the aqua waters of the Ocala National Forest on what was once Timucua land. Flowing out of the limestone at a rate of 64 million gallons each minute, Alexander Springs is an aquatic gem amongst the 900 other springs that are scattered throughout Florida. Managed by the National Park Service, located in […]

Alligator Reef Lighthouse

By Heather Bossowski | May 31, 2023

Off the coast of Islamorada stands a Florida Keys icon just beckoning you to come and explore its depths. If you have ever driven down to the Florida Keys, you’ve probably found yourself mesmerized by the aqua abyss flanking the Overseas Highway. Perhaps you have spotted a lighthouse or two on the horizon and wondered […]

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 […]

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