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About floridatraveler

Historian and travel writer M. C. Bob Leonard makes the Sunshine State his home base. Besides serving as content editor for several textbook publishers and as college professor, he moderates the FHIC at www.floridahistory.org

Trip Idea: Take A Ferry In Florida

When my family first came to Florida, we landed at Tampa Airport, rented a car, went over the causeway and then “took a ferry” across the mouth of Tampa Bay from Saint Augustine to Bradenton. Today, the “second” Sunshine Skyway … Continue reading

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Florida’s Best County Parks Provide Spectacular Experiences

Florida has 175 state parks covering some 800,000 acres as well as the famous Everglades National Park and Ocala National Forest. Yet most visitors, few snow birds, and all too many residents have visited very few county parks.  Since most … Continue reading

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New Things For Florida Tourists and Vacationeers To See In 2019

This is the time of the year when individuals around the nation make New Year’s Resolutions and also the time Florida Chamber of Commerces start promoting what new things are coming up in the New Year. For Florida’s all-important tourist … Continue reading

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The Perfect Trip To Boost Christmas Spirit: Bok Tower and Gardens

The Christmas season can be a time of nervous energy and open tension.  It is a time when if you live in Florida, you may get a lot of visitors, both families and friends. It is also a time when … Continue reading

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Best Florida Sporting Events of Winter 2019

This is the time of time where people are looking at future calendars for vacation plans, trips around Florida, and events they want to attend.  As a sports editor, my father took paid close attention when major “must-see” events were … Continue reading

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Florida’s Waterside Entertainment Malls Are A Tourist Plus

A lot of Florida cities take advantage of both the climate and the location on the water of the ocean or a bay.   The creation of waterside entertainment centers give locals and visitors the option to dine, to shop, to … Continue reading

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My Favorite Florida Holiday Events and Celebrations

The Christmas holiday season is already opening in Florida at the same time the snowbirds and robins are arriving in the state.  Some of the events are very commercial while others are delightful and many have become traditional. Here are … Continue reading

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