Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run

Rock Springs Run near the headspring in Kelly Park, Apopka, Florida

Kelly Park/Rock Springs The main attraction at Rock Springs Kelly Park is a gorgeous natural Florida spring and spring run. Many people consider it to be Orlando’s natural lazy river, which is a great description! Rock Springs/Kelly Park is less than 30 miles away from Orlando, but it feels like you’re in a different world. … Read more

Algae Blooms in Florida

Red tide in Naples, Florida, caused by a harmful algae bloom

One of the worst parts of living in Florida is the ongoing problem with harmful algal blooms. Harmful algae blooms are extremely serious problems which threaten the state’s economy, environment and long-term future. What are Harmful Algae Blooms in Florida? A harmful algal blooms, often abbreviated as “HABs”, is an out-of-control growth of algae. The … Read more

Devil’s Den Spring

Devil's Den Cavern in Williston Florida

Devil’s Den Spring is of the coolest, most unique springs in Florida. It’s always been a popular spot, but in recent years it’s become famous on Youtube and Instagram. People are drawn to its deep blue water, fascinating history and beautiful photo ops. Devil’s Den is a great trip, and I definitely recommend it. But, … Read more

Blue Hole Spring

Blue Springs Florida Underwater Photo

Ichetucknee Blue Hole Spring is my favorite spring in Florida. I can never wait for the next trip. It’s hard to capture the beauty of this place with words, or even photos. Ichetucknee Springs State Park gets extremely crowded during the summer. If you’ll visit, I highly suggest arriving as early as possible! Some activities … Read more

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

The Best Places to Retire in Florida

Retired people run and walk on the beach in Florida

When people imagine moving to Florida for their retirement, a question looms. Where is the place to retire in Florida? Well, it depends. As we age, and especially after we retire, we look for different things in a place to live. Access to good medical care, ease of transportation and lack of traffic and retiree-friendly … 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

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

Ormond Beach

Driving on the beach in Florida, Ormond Beach, Volusia County

Ormond Beach is a relaxed, coastal town on Florida’s east coast. It sits in the northern section of Florida’s peninsula, in a region called the Palm Coast. It’s located in Volusia County. It’s located 6 miles north of Daytona Beach, and 50 miles south of St. Augustine. It is 71 miles east of Ocala, 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

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Where is Boyd Hill Preserve? The Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is located south of Saint Petersburg. It borders the shores of Lake Maggiore. There are two entrances to the park. The North entrance includes a historical Pioneer Settlement Area and will be the site of the Tomalin Campground, which will provide urban camping inside the … Read more