Get a taste of old Florida on the St. Johns River

Immerse yourself in Florida scenic drives and historic state parks while sleeping on a houseboat. Not far from the brightly colored lights of theme parks, adrenaline rides, and mega-resorts lies a different kind of attraction.  The St. Johns River & it’s nearby scenic byways offer something different than most Florida visitors have come to expect. When northerners used to travel Highway 17 south through the Sunshine State, this area lured visitors by its cool, spring waters and alligator wrestlers.  Sadly, …

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First-timers guide to Sanibel Island

Sanibel & Captiva Travel Guide We just returned from a week at Sanibel Island and it was the perfect destination for a family beach vacation!  However, before visiting Sanibel Island, I couldn?t find much information telling me what to expect during our first stay on the island. Being budget travelers, I wanted to know where the best grocery stores were, how much the bridge tolls cost, and more. Without further ado, here is your guide to a first-time trip to …

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Sheraton Vistana Resort – a review of this 2-bedroom suite near Disney World

When planning a winter getaway to Florida, we weren’t sure where we should stay!? We didn’t want to travel too far from Legoland, but we also wanted a place with some amenities. We also like our time alone and wanted a 2-bedroom suite.? Beach weather was iffy, so we chose to stay in Central Florida and center ourselves around all of the major attractions- Universal, Disney World, and the like.? Sheraton Vistana Resort checked off every single one of our …

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Everything is Awesome at LEGOLAND Florida

Visiting LEGOLAND Florida was something my kids had been begging to do for MONTHS.? When we thought about Christmas presents, we remembered that we hated seeing a pile of toys that would later be unused.? Then we thought about turning a trip to LEGOLAND Florida theme park into our Christmas gift for the kids, and it made much more sense!? We couldn’t be happier with our choice!? Our kids loved their LEGOLAND visit, and we appreciated that it was the …

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Kid-approved: Monster Truck Tour at The Showcase of Citrus

What checks all the boxes of a little boy’s dream, a science lesson, and an hour of fun?!? The answer: A Monster Truck tour at The Showcase of Citrus in Central Florida. While researching things to do in the Orlando area, a friend recommended a family-friendly stop at The Showcase of Citrus.? We didn’t know if time would allow, but then we found a Groupon to save on the Monster Truck tour.? Once my husband saw the words “Monster Truck” …

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Oh my G-O-S-H: A stay at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort in Florida

Anyone else’s kids know every single line from The LEGO Movie?? Mine do!? Last year while Mr. YT and I were painting rooms and fixing up the new house, the kids watched a LOT of movies!? The LEGO Movie was on repeat, and in the previews, there’s a short commercial for LEGOLAND. This is where my kiddos became obsessed with the idea of visiting!? They begged and pleaded and told us that LEGOLAND was the ONLY place they really, really, …

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4 great {family} beaches near Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida was a place I?d never really dreamed of visiting. ?Now I want to move there (no joke)! ?After a great deal using points on nonstop flights to Southwest Florida, I found myself researching a place I knew little about.? ?Two themes I kept finding in my research were ?great beaches? and ?great sunsets.? I made it my goal to experience the best of both! That said, here are 4?great family beaches near?Fort Myers, Florida.   Fort Myers …

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3 Family-Friendly Places to View Wildlife in Southwest Florida

I wasn’t prepared to fall in love with Southwest Florida, I did fall…and fell hard.  One of the reasons we love Southwest Florida? Our kids love seeing animals.  When researching things to do in the Fort Myers and Sanibel area, I found so many nature walks and sightseeing opportunities.  The list was actually too long.  Here are 3 family-friendly places to view wildlife in Southwest Florida (plus two we didn’t get to visit). J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Within …

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