Diversions & Excursions

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 […]

Uncover Your Green Thumb at Cactus Moon

By Lynn Gonzalez | July 10, 2023

If the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again but expecting different results, I am certifiably insane. I love plants, but have the opposite of a green thumb. I buy them and am determined that each new addition to my short-lived collection will be the exception to the rule and […]

A Beach for Everyone

By WOW Editor | June 21, 2023

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 […]

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 […]

Cool Off in Florida’s Natural Springs

By WOW Editor | May 14, 2023

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 […]

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 […]

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