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Central Florida Haunts: Local Haunted Attractions

Central Florida Haunts: Local Haunted Attractions

October 3, 2014 No Comments While Central Florida is well-known for its major theme park haunts, including Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights and Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream, as well as the permanent Legends: A Haunting at Old Town, what is less widely advertised is the area’s plethora of smaller local haunts. From tiny backyard walkthroughs to fully realized haunted houses ...

 

Fantasy of Flight Part 2: A Day in a Wonderland of Imagination in Polk City, Florida

Fantasy of Flight Part 2: A Day in a Wonderland of Imagination in Polk City, Florida

September 16, 2012 No Comments In Fantasy of Flight: Let Your Imagination Soar, I talked about the intangible qualities that make the attraction a unique playground of wonder for all ages. But how does it all work? What specific activities and exhibits does Kermit Weeks use to draw guests into his vision for transcending our limitations and reaching for our ...

 

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Fantasy of Flight: Let Your Imagination Soar in Polk City, Florida

Fantasy of Flight: Let Your Imagination Soar in Polk City, Florida

September 13, 2012 1 Comment It all started with a beagle. One specific beagle. Snoopy. From the hit 1966 song “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” by The Royal Guardsmen. When Kermit Weeks first heard that tune as a young teenager, his imagination exploded. His interest in aviation skyrocketed (pun intended), and by the time he was 17, he had already ...

 

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Old Polk County Courthouse: A Walk through History in Bartow, Florida

Old Polk County Courthouse: A Walk through History in Bartow, Florida

June 30, 2012 No Comments When we found ourselves unexpectedly stranded for an extended time in Lake Wales, Florida, Dad and I decided to make the most of the opportunity. Although we both grew up in nearby Lakeland, we actually knew very little of the region’s history and significance. That all changed when we visited the Old Polk County Courthouse ...

 

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Mulberry Phosphate Museum and Homeland Heritage Park: Mulberry, Florida

Mulberry Phosphate Museum and Homeland Heritage Park: Mulberry, Florida

June 27, 2012 No Comments Dad and I recently found ourselves stuck in Lake Wales, Florida, a tiny town an hour away from Lakeland, where I grew up. As days turned into weeks, we decided to take advantage of our location and explore the region. It’s a good thing we did, or we never would have discovered the Mulberry Phosphate ...

 

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Florida’s Natural Grove House: Exploring the Citrus Industry in Lake Wales

Florida’s Natural Grove House: Exploring the Citrus Industry in Lake Wales

June 24, 2012 No Comments Citrus fruits were introduced to Florida during the 16th century by Spanish explorers. Some experts believe that the very first orange tree in the United States was planted by Ponce de Leon himself in St. Augustine in the mid-1500s. The fruit grew well in Florida’s subtropical climate, but the citrus industry as we know it ...

 

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Depot Museum: Central Florida History in Lake Wales, Florida

Depot Museum: Central Florida History in Lake Wales, Florida

June 19, 2012 No Comments Dad and I love the full-time RV lifestyle. Whether we are exploring big cities or discovering tiny towns, we always find something to do. Generally, however, our tolerance for small towns is limited to just a few days. By the end of the first week, we’re ready for some big city excitement. Through no fault ...

 

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Spook Hill: A Vintage Roadside Attraction in Lake Wales, Florida

Spook Hill: A Vintage Roadside Attraction in Lake Wales, Florida

June 16, 2012 No Comments When they find out that we RV travel full-time, people generally ask Dad and me two basic questions: How do you decide where to go, and what do you do when you get there? Our standard response to the first is, we make it up as we go along. For the second, we can have ...

 

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Gold Head Branch State Park: Discovering Old Florida

Gold Head Branch State Park: Discovering Old Florida

December 13, 2010 No Comments Located in Keystone Heights, Florida, a small town south of Jacksonville, Gold Head Branch State Park is a throwback to a simpler time. We stopped by on an RV trip from Williamsburg, Virginia to Orlando, Florida. We were looking for an inexpensive campsite, but discovered so much more. History of the Park Gold Head Branch ...

 

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