Here’s some holiday fun that was just too good not to share.
What started as a family event has grown into one that attracts more than 200 people dressed as Santas coming to the beach for a morning surf session.
Here are six reasons you don’t want to miss visiting SeaWorld Orlando in 2015:
Wild Days -- Saturdays & Sundays, Jan. 24-25, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Feb. 7-8 Connect with and learn about the world of animal rescue, rehabilitation, preservation and conservation with interactive shows throughout the park for fun and educational experiences.
Bands, Brew & BBQ, Honoring America’s Heroes -- Each Saturday & Sunday in March Enjoy live concerts from classic rock legends and country bands while enjoying delicious barbecue from Central Florida’s local smokehouses. Special discounts and offers are available for enlisted men, women and retired military. Proceeds from the event benefit the USO.
For holiday gifts, I love to surprise my family with items and experiences they may not buy themselves.
Here are some fun, Florida experiences you could gift to loved ones this holiday season:
Breakfast with friends – Start the day at Universal Studios Florida for Universal’s Superstar Character breakfast with Nickelodeon characters Hop and the minions from Despicable Me.
I’m a big believer in giving back to those in the community, especially during the holiday season.
On Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 27, families can enjoy live music, arts/crafts, a visit from Santa and plenty of games and festivities at the resort. Enjoy an evening on the resort grounds surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights.
The festivities feature the Family Beach Ball Drop, with more than 10,000 inflatable beach balls released onto the boardwalk. It’s definitely a colorful sight, meant for kids of all ages.
Check out the rest of the day’s events:
I recently discovered a sweet place right here in my hometown of Jacksonville called Sweet Pete’s!
Located in the historic Springfield neighborhood just north of Downtown, Sweet Pete’s is home to a huge variety of sweet treats, taffy, sea salt caramels and gourmet chocolate – all made in-house.
In addition to buying treats, the shop is unique in that families can sign up for personalized sessions to make their own sweets right there in the shop.
Ever since my girls and I visited Sweet Pete’s Candy Shoppe last year, it’s been my ‘go-to’ place for holiday gifts.
From salted caramels, chocolates and even lollipops, Pete and his crew make everything in house.
Stingray Bay, a new interaction habitat, will join the Tropical Gardens in the new year.
Once completed, visitors can touch, feed and interact with stingrays, skates, and even sharks.
This year, the holidays are going high-tech at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex.
The new ‘Holidays in Space’ features a 3D show "projection mapped" onto a rocket, and a laser and light show along with plenty of holiday cheer.
Beginning Friday, Nov. 28, the Visitors Complex will be decorated for the holidays with décor throughout the area including a 41-foot Christmas tree. How’s that for the ultimate photo opportunity?
Make new family traditions this year at Universal Orlando Resort’s holiday celebration, Dec. 6 through Jan. 3.
High-flying balloon floats in the Macy’s Holiday Parade, Mannheim Steamroller performing beloved holiday tunes and a celebration of Grinchmas with The Grinch himself are among the events that make the resort a great spot to celebrate with family.
Here’s what to expect: