Lakeland

The sunrise from Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Florida

Lakeland is a medium-sized city in Central Florida. It sits just about half way between two of Florida’s biggest cities, Tampa and Orlando. Not surprisingly, Lakeland got its name from the large number of lakes that surround the city. There are 38 major lakes in the surrounding area. The largest and most popular are Lake … Read more

Melbourne

Melbourne Florida Sunset over the Indian River Lagoon

Melbourne, Florida is a small beach town in Florida’s Brevard county. It has a population of approximately 80,000 residents. Location The city of Melbourne is located on Florida’s mainland, along the Atlantic coast. There is smaller, separate city named Melbourne Beach on a barrier island, just across the Indian River Lagoon. Melbourne is approximately 70 … Read more

Boating Impact on Florida Waterways

Florida Bay Seagrass Impact

Boaters can have serious, negative impacts on Florida’s waterways! As the population of south Florida and the Florida Keys grows, boater’s impact on the marine environment will become an increasingly serious problem to manage. Many boaters run aground every year and damage the fragile seagrass in Florida Bay. Some boaters may even need assistance from … Read more

TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Tampa

A crowd viewing manatees at the TECO power plant in Tampa

TECO Manatee Viewing Center Update Update as of 10/24/2021: The TECO Manatee Viewing Center is scheduled to reopen on November 1, 2021. The manatee viewing center was temporarily closed for the 2020 season due to Covid-19 safety precautions. Please check official website for the most up-to-date information, especially before visiting or planning a trip. Location … Read more

Chassahowitzka River and Springs

Chassahowitzka River Campground

The Chassahowitzka River is located in the city of Homosassa on Florida’s central gulf coast. It’s located in Citrus County. Chassahowitzka River Video Tour History of Chassahowitzka River and Springs Like many springs in Florida, Chassahowitzka Springs has a fascinating history. It has attracted humans for tens of thousands of years. There are several notable … Read more

Three Sisters Spring

Manatees in Three Sisters Spring, near the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Three Sisters Spring is one of the most beautiful natural springs in Florida. It’s also one of the best places to see wild manatees in Florida. The nearby Chassahowitzka River is another excellent location. If you will visit Three Sisters Spring, be sure to know the procedures, and how avoid harming the manatees or breaking … Read more

Major Cities in Florida

A Map of the 5 largest cities in Florida

On a map, Florida can sometimes look like a small state because of its long, narrow shape. But, Florida is deceptively large in both land area and population. Florida covers 65,758 square miles, which makes it the 22nd largest state by land area. According to the most recent 2019 census estimate, 21,477,737 people live in … Read more

Mount Dora

A freshwater lighthouse in Mount Dora, Florida, on Lake Dora in the Harris Chain of Lakes

Mount Dora is a quaint little town in Central Florida’s Lake County. It’s part of the Orlando-Kissimmee metro area, about an hour away from Orlando and its major theme parks. Mount Dora has approximately 15,000 residents, according to the 2019 Census population estimate. Lake Dora Mount Dora sits on the northeast corner of beautiful Lake … Read more

Blue Heron Bridge and Phil Foster Park

Snorkeling at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach, Florida

Note: There are several videos included below in this guide. Blue Heron Bridge is consistently ranked one of the best snorkeling and shore diving spots in Florida. Locals say it was unknown — a true hidden gem — until it was featured on the cover of Southern Diver Magazine in 1998. Its popularity exploded overnight. … Read more

Windermere

An aerial drone photo of luxury waterfront homes in Windermere, Florida, one of the best suburbs of Orlando

Windermere, Florida is a small, vibrant city in Orange County, Florida. It’s one of the best and popular suburbs of Orlando, especially for wealthy people. Windermere is known for its luxurious lakefront homes, famous residents and a quiet, charming atmosphere. Approximately 2,500-3,000 residents live in the Town of Windermere. Location Windermere’s location is one of … Read more

Winter Haven

Winter Haven, Florida

Winter Haven is a medium-sized community in Central Florida. Winter Haven is a part of Polk County. It is well-known for its desirable winter climate and a chain of lakes, which are linked via canals. Location Winter Haven is centrally located between two of the largest cities in Florida, Orlando and Tampa. Both Tampa and … Read more

Bok Tower and Gardens

The Singing Tower in Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower and Gardens is one of the best things to do in central Florida. Most visitors absolutely love it, you should definitely consider visiting. Bok Tower and Gardens is a botanical garden, nature preserve and the site of a beautiful, world-famous bell tower, called a carillon. A carillon is a series of musical bells … Read more

Winter Garden

The Centennial Plaza in Winter Garden, Florida

Winter Garden, Florida is a small, charming city located on the outskirts of Orlando. It sits on the southeast shore of Lake Apopka, and is often considered to be the easternmost suburb of Orlando. It’s home to just over 46,000 residents. Winter Garden is located inside Orange County, Florida, and is part of the greater … Read more

St. Cloud

Downtown St. Cloud, Florida

St. Cloud is a city in central Florida, 28 miles south of Orlando. It’s often considered part of Greater Orlando, and is part of the large Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford metropolitan statistical area. St. Cloud is one of two incorporated cities in Osceola County. The only other city is the larger city of Kissimmee, which is 9 miles … Read more

Allendale Terrace

Allendale Terrace is one of the best neighborhoods in St. Petersburg. It’s highly sought after because it checks many important boxes. It’s in a great location It feels very safe There are good school options Many people think it’s a great neighborhood for raising families Location Allendale Terrace sits in a perfectly balanced location. It’s … Read more

Orlando

Orlando is Florida’s fourth largest city. Florida’s cities, ranked from largest to smallest population:  Jacksonville Miami Tampa Orlando The City of Orlando is relatively small, and occupies about 114 square miles. But, the greater Orlando Metro area is much larger. It includes several suburbs and surrounding communities.  Combined, the greater Orlando metropolitan area covers more … Read more