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Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida – Review and Guide

Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida, is the area’s most laid-back theme park. You will not find any rides, slides, or characters roaming the grounds. There are no parades or fireworks. But there are also a few other things you won’t find at Discovery Cove either....

Shades of Green at Walt Disney World – First Timer’s Guide

Military service members and retirees will want to consider staying at Shades of Green Resort during their next family vacation to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. For many families, a trip to the House of Mouse is a costly adventure, but eligible military...

Marriott Grande Vista Review

Bottom Line: Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort offers hotel-style guest rooms plus one, two, and three-bedroom villas that provide vacationers the much-needed maneuver space and resort amenities that add to a great vacation experience for families. Recommended. Over the...

Crystal River Manatee Tours – Kayak, Paddleboard and Swim

One of the most popular reasons to visit Florida in the winter is to enjoy some of that famous sunshine and warm weather. A great way to get outdoors and see one of Florida’s most famous residents, the manatee, is with a manatee kayak or stand-up paddleboard tour....
Gasparilla Parade of Pirates

Gasparilla Pirate Fest – A Visitor’s Guide

Tampa is steeped in pirate lore. Some of it is fact and much is the stuff of legend. It’s true that Florida was home to many pirates that continually menaced merchant vessels and sacked small villages in the Caribbean islands. One of the area’s most famous Buccaneers was José Gaspar, who terrorized the gulf coast around the turn of the 19th century and whose mythology lives on today in the form of pirate-themed sports teams, retail stores, and of course, the annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival.

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium began as an idea in 1972 to establish a marine research facility in the Tampa Bay area. Several years later, in 1978, the city of Clearwater donated a decommissioned wastewater treatment plant to the newly established Clearwater Marine Science Center to make their idea a reality. The building had large water holding pools that were modified to house marine life and the facility opened its doors to the public in 1981 with a modest one room exhibit. The small facility continued to grow and as public involvement and visits increased, changed its name to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

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