Tag Archives: Florida

Florida’s Unique Ghost Towns Are Not Invisible

It should not surprise Florida visitors that the Sunshine State has over one hundred “ghost towns” – some of them just a note on a map while others reveal the remains of a more prosperous past. Florida ghost towns all … Continue reading

Posted in attractions, conservation, environment, florida education, florida history, Florida parks, florida vacations, Historic Buildings, Historic Hotels & Inns, mcbobleonard, Recreational Experiences, travel, Wierd Florida | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Florida Architecture Is An Attraction In Itself

Not everyone comes to Florida to enjoy the beaches, the sunshine, or such natural attractions as the Everglades and the St Johns River.   People find the diversity of cultures and lifestyles of the Sunshine State an interesting tour. In this … Continue reading

Posted in attractions, environment, florida history, florida vacations, Historic Buildings, Historic Hotels & Inns, mcbobleonard, museums, travel | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Florida Animal Sanctuaries Are Unlike Animal Parks

Animals have always been big business in Florida.  Walt Disney World has Animal Kingdom to compete against Tampa’s Busch Gardens.  Sea animals have their place at Sea World while there are six other dolphin playgrounds. Lion Country Safari started in … Continue reading

Posted in adventure vacation, attractions, conservation, environment, florida education, florida history, Florida parks, florida vacations, mcbobleonard, Recreational Experiences, travel | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

10 Great Florida Literary Landmarks To Visit

It was not until well into the twentieth century that Florida had the urban population and economy to bolster its own literary marketplace.  For decades most Florida writers were snowbirds, who found places like Saint Augustine and Key West warm … Continue reading

Posted in adventure vacation, art, attractions, florida education, florida history, florida vacations, Historic Buildings, Historic Hotels & Inns, mcbobleonard, museums | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Florida’s Biggest Stadium Does Not Have A Football Field

Spring training is just around the bend in Florida and I’m teaching a class as an adjunct in the building almost next door to the largest spring training stadium in the Florida Grapefruit League, George Steinbrenner Park, spring home of … Continue reading

Posted in attractions, environment, florida history, Florida parks, Historic Buildings, Recreational Experiences, travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Annual Walt Disney World Food Challenge

Every year restaurants are added and some vanish at the resorts, four parks, and Disney Springs complex at Walt Disney World.  As an annual member and nearby Florida resident since WDW opened in 1971, I sometimes feel like a Disney … Continue reading

Posted in dining, disney, disney springs, Florida Food, florida history, florida vacations, food, Historic Hotels & Inns, mcbobleonard, Restaurants, Walt Disney World, wdw | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Best “Old” Resorts and Hotels In Florida

In Europe a hotel is not old until it passes its 200th birthday, but here in Florida old means the building was constructed before World War II. As a historian, I enjoy the sometimes laid-back atmosphere and sheer personality of … Continue reading

Posted in attractions, dining, environment, Florida Food, florida history, Historic Buildings, Historic Hotels & Inns, mcbobleonard, Restaurants, Tiffany | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment