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Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Glamp It Up for the Fouth at Westgate River Ranch

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My family recently spent the weekend "glamping" at the Westgate River Ranch in Lake Wales, about an hour south of Orlando – and had a weekend to remember.

Go glamping with your family – Westgate River Ranch

Families who enjoy "glamorous camping" will find the upscale outdoor accommodations at the state’s largest dude ranch in Florida a real treat.

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SeaWorld Orlando's 4th of July Celebration

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This Fourth of July, bring your family together to celebrate at SeaWorld Orlando. With special nighttime hours as part of their Summer Nights series, the festivities heat up when the sun goes down.

Don’t miss the park’s new show, "Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High," featuring the park’s most popular sea lions, Clyde and Seamore.

The show allows the animals and audiences to learn -- and laugh -- together as the animals show off their tricks and learned behaviors.

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Around Florida: Fourth of July Getaways

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In need of a family getaway for the Fourth of July holiday weekend? Check out these hot spots around the state, perfect for celebrating our country’s birthday:

Families are invited to enjoy waterslides, slip & slides and carnival games on the Grand Lawn. Dance to live music and entertainment and take part in the resort’s holiday barbecue. With lobster medallions, jumbo shrimp, sliders, brisket and more, you won’t go hungry. Top the night off with a fireworks display over the 18th hole of the on-site championship golf course. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and is $85 for guests over 21, $35 for guests under 21. Nightly resort rates start at $199. 

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Summer Fun in Jacksonville

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Ready for some family fun in Northeast Florida? Here’s a look at just some of the fun your family can have in the Jacksonville area this summer --

Jacksonville's Riverfront -- Ryan Ketterman for Visit Jacksonville 

"Seussical: The Musical" takes the stage at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre through August 2. Enjoy a pre-show meal with your family and then sit back and enjoy the story of the Cat and the Hat, Horton the elephant and all the storybook friends.

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Go Glamping at Westgate River Ranch

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Glamping – it’s a cross between a glamorous vacation and camping. It's fantastic!

At the Westgate River Ranch in Lake Wales, about an hour south of Orlando, families can enjoy upscale outdoor accommodations at the state’s largest dude ranch in Florida.

The resort recently made glamping even more glamourous with the addition of a "personal glamping congierge,’"available 24/7 to assist with scheduling activities, starting campfires and even delivering breakfast to families each morning.

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Explore Mixon Fruit Farms in Bradenton

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When it comes to vacations, more and more families are looking for ways to incorporate learning into trips.

Mixon Fruit Farms in Bradenton fits the bill, with some education as to how how farmers bring citrus to our tables. 

Visit the farm – Carrie McLaren for VISIT FLORIDA

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VIDEO: A Day at Jacksonville's Riverside Arts Market

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The Riverside Arts Market, in Jacksonville’s historic Riverside/Avondale neighborhood, is my family’s favorite place to spend a Saturday morning.

Explore the riverfront – Carrie McLaren for VISIT FLORIDA

Each Saturday from March to December, the Riverside Arts Market is held under the bridge on Riverside Avenue alongside the St. Johns River.

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Discovering the Tallahassee Museum

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Located on the southwest of town, the Tallahassee Museum is a 52-acre living museum featuring North Florida’s history, wildlife and nature. 

In the wildlife area of the museum, an elevated boardwalk allows visitors to see animals in their natural surroundings. Many of the animals were either raised in captivity or are injured/orphaned individuals rescued by licensed wildlife rehabilitators. 


Explore the outdoors – Carrie McLaren for VISIT FLORIDA

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Explore History, Nature and Nostalgia in Tallahassee

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During my family’s recent visit, we explored five spots filled with historic landmarks and wildlife, and took a look back at the old days with a modern twist.

Tallahassee Museum

Explore the outdoors at the Tallahassee Museum, a 52-acre living museum featuring North Florida’s history, wildlife and nature. 

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Florida's Water Parks for Families

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As the land of endless summer, it's no surprise that Florida is home to more water parks than anywhere else in the United States.

Doesn't it sound like it'd be fun to spend your summer bobbing in wave pools, sliding down speedy slopes, drifting on man-made rivers and generally beating the heat while having an awesome time?

Here’s a look at water park adventures around the state:

Adventure Island, Tampa
At Adventure Island in Tampa, begin your water odyssey on the Rambling Bayou, the park’s lazy river and then head to the Endless Surf wave pool. Other popular attractions are the tube rides and mid-range waterslides, including the Calypso Coaster, the Runaway Rapids and the Wahoo Run. Experience weightlessness on the new Colossal Curl, combining funnel and wave experiences.

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