Category Archives: florida education

How Can You Tell A Real Floridian From All the Visitors and Newcomers?

This is the time of year when Floridians feel they are outnumbered on the highways and stores by visitors and “snowbirds.” I know some people don’t like that term.  Texas calls them “winter Texans” and that’s OK with me.  But … Continue reading

Posted in disney, environment, florida education, florida history, florida vacations, mcbobleonard, Walt Disney World, wdw | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Florida Is Not All Football – There’s A Big Art Scene

The other day Tampa was packed with people from Iowa and Florida Gator fans for the annual Outback Bowl.  Next weekend the Clemson-Alabama NCAA Championships will bring 100,000+ football fans into the city. But Florida is more than football. My … Continue reading

Posted in art, attractions, florida education, florida history, Florida parks, florida vacations, Historic Buildings | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Florida: The Reenactment of America’s Longest and Most Costly War

This time of year dozens of Floridians and volunteers from across the nation dress up as United States Enlisted Soldiers to reenact the longest and most costly (in today’s money) war in American history. It is the Seminole Indian Wars, … Continue reading

Posted in adventure vacation, attractions, florida education, florida history, Florida parks, florida vacations, Historic Buildings, Historic Forts, mcbobleonard, museums, Recreational Experiences | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Saint Augustine 1565: The First Thanksgiving

For a person who grew up in Massachusetts and whose grandfather was a proud ancestor of the Howland family of Mayflower fame, it is hard to accept the fact that the first Thanksgiving took place in September of 1565 and … Continue reading

Posted in dining, environment, florida education, Florida Food, florida history, food, Historic Forts, travel | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Florida’s Famous Mansions Are Open To Visit

Whenever my wife and I vacation in North Carolina, we have to stay at the incredible Biltmore complex, the largest private house in the United States.  I’m not certain I would want to reside in a place with 43 bathrooms … Continue reading

Posted in art, attractions, circus, florida education, florida history, Florida parks, florida vacations, museums, railroads | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Floridians – Who Are We ?

When you live in Florida, you seem, as a recent Sonic ad noted, to be another world.  We are in the South, but we are not Southerners.  Just ask a guy in Alabama or Georgia  if you don’t believe that … Continue reading

Posted in environment, florida education, florida history, florida vacations, travel | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Florida’s Lesser Known Museums Are Hidden Gems

The other week my wife and I visited the fabulous Ringling Museums in Sarasota.  It was Smithsonian Museum freebie day and the 44 acre property was so jammed with people, we paid for a special tour just to get into … Continue reading

Posted in florida education, Florida Food, florida history, florida vacations, museums, travel | Tagged , , | Leave a comment