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Scenes from a Florida Civil War Fort

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fort Clinch was constructed in the mid-1800s and occupied by Confederate troops during the early days of the Civil War. Made of almost 5-million bricks, the coastal fortification proved vulnerable t...

Dinosaurs Invade Orlando’s Leu Gardens

Leu Gardens in Orlando has been transformed into a Jurassic Park of sorts. Now through April 30, the city's 50-acre botanical garden is the temporary home of more than a dozen prehistoric creatures. We had an opportunity to see the "Dinosaur Invasio...

Jeff Sonksen’s Paint the Trail

A bike trail might be the last place you would expect to find an evolving exhibition of pop art. But that's exactly what a stretch of the 14-mile Seminole Wekiva Trail in the suburbs of Orlando has turned into over the past four years. A cabinet mak...

Good Conversation and Lighter-Than-Air Donuts

Leesburg, Florida is home to this classic donut shop with the playful name of Dip-A-Dee. From the looks of it, the place is really popular with the locals. Everything about Dip-A-Dee is simple. From the little diner-style booths to the strong blac...

Drinking & Shopping in Winter Garden

Hey gang! Happy 2017!! We spent our New Year’s Eve drinking and shopping our way through the Mayberry-esque Central Florida town of Winter Garden. If you’re going to be visiting Walt Disney World or staying on property, be sure to make some time for ...

This Hotel is Always Decked Out for Christmas

Hate boxing up the Christmas tree after December 25th? Wish the holiday season could last 365 days a year? There's a place you can spend the night in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where you're surrounded by the Christmas spirit all year long...even in the...

10 Things We Saw and Loved at Adjectives Market

Whether you're looking for retro clothing, vintage decor or antiques that have been repurposed, Adjectives Market has throwback items from a variety of Central Florida vendors. On this trip, we explore the Winter Park Village location and highlight ...

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa

More than two million twinkling lights illuminate Busch Gardens Tampa during the theme park's Christmas Town celebration held on select weekends during the holidays. For the money, I'd say this is one of the better holiday light displays at any sout...

A Museum For Tractor Fans

Down a country road between Leesburg and Wildwood, Florida is an unexpected haven for lovers of tractors. That’s right, tractors. Stew Paquette started collecting tractors around the same time he retired from his successful construction business, w...