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Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015

Halloween Hotspots for Families in Florida

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Halloween is so much more than just one night of trick-or-treating, especially in Florida. Celebrations begin in September and don’t end until in November. We’re talking serious family fun.

So whether you’re looking to have a not-so-scary time with Mickey Mouse or an autumn celebration with Shamu the whale, you’ll find it here.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Select nights in September through October 

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An Inside Look: The Orlando Eye

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From The Orlando Eye, an observation wheel standing at 400 feet tall, visitors can enjoy views of downtown Orlando, the area’s other theme parks off in the distance and on clear days Cape Canaveral on the East Coast.

Located not far from Interstate 4, The Orlando Eye can be seen from throughout the city and the excitement is building for opening day.

See the sights from above – The Orlando Eye

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5 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Daytona Beach

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Here’s a look at some ways you and your family can celebrate the warm weather and sunshine in Daytona Beach.

Main Street Pier -- At 750 feet long, the pier offers spectacular views of the beach and is a prime spot for fishing. Don’t forget your bait and pole – fishing from the pier is free. And if you’re hungry, check out Joe’s Crab Shack located right on the pier. The top deck of the restaurant is "the" spot to go with seating overlooking the ocean. 

Joyland Amusement Center -- Just steps from the beach, you can hop on a go-kart, take a few spins on the Ferris wheel and climb aboard the Sandblaster roller coaster. Afterward, try your luck at skee-ball and the old-school arcade. Be sure to collect your game tickets to cash in for a prize.

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Glamp It Up for the Fouth at Westgate River Ranch

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My family recently spent the weekend "glamping" at the Westgate River Ranch in Lake Wales, about an hour south of Orlando – and had a weekend to remember.

Go glamping with your family – Westgate River Ranch

Families who enjoy "glamorous camping" will find the upscale outdoor accommodations at the state’s largest dude ranch in Florida a real treat.

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SeaWorld Orlando's 4th of July Celebration

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This Fourth of July, bring your family together to celebrate at SeaWorld Orlando. With special nighttime hours as part of their Summer Nights series, the festivities heat up when the sun goes down.

Don’t miss the park’s new show, "Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High," featuring the park’s most popular sea lions, Clyde and Seamore.

The show allows the animals and audiences to learn -- and laugh -- together as the animals show off their tricks and learned behaviors.

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Around Florida: Fourth of July Getaways

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In need of a family getaway for the Fourth of July holiday weekend? Check out these hot spots around the state, perfect for celebrating our country’s birthday:

Families are invited to enjoy waterslides, slip & slides and carnival games on the Grand Lawn. Dance to live music and entertainment and take part in the resort’s holiday barbecue. With lobster medallions, jumbo shrimp, sliders, brisket and more, you won’t go hungry. Top the night off with a fireworks display over the 18th hole of the on-site championship golf course. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and is $85 for guests over 21, $35 for guests under 21. Nightly resort rates start at $199. 

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Summer Fun in Jacksonville

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Ready for some family fun in Northeast Florida? Here’s a look at just some of the fun your family can have in the Jacksonville area this summer --

Jacksonville's Riverfront -- Ryan Ketterman for Visit Jacksonville 

"Seussical: The Musical" takes the stage at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre through August 2. Enjoy a pre-show meal with your family and then sit back and enjoy the story of the Cat and the Hat, Horton the elephant and all the storybook friends.

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Go Glamping at Westgate River Ranch

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Glamping – it’s a cross between a glamorous vacation and camping. It's fantastic!

At the Westgate River Ranch in Lake Wales, about an hour south of Orlando, families can enjoy upscale outdoor accommodations at the state’s largest dude ranch in Florida.

The resort recently made glamping even more glamourous with the addition of a "personal glamping congierge,’"available 24/7 to assist with scheduling activities, starting campfires and even delivering breakfast to families each morning.

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Explore Mixon Fruit Farms in Bradenton

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When it comes to vacations, more and more families are looking for ways to incorporate learning into trips.

Mixon Fruit Farms in Bradenton fits the bill, with some education as to how how farmers bring citrus to our tables. 

Visit the farm – Carrie McLaren for VISIT FLORIDA

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VIDEO: A Day at Jacksonville's Riverside Arts Market

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The Riverside Arts Market, in Jacksonville’s historic Riverside/Avondale neighborhood, is my family’s favorite place to spend a Saturday morning.

Explore the riverfront – Carrie McLaren for VISIT FLORIDA

Each Saturday from March to December, the Riverside Arts Market is held under the bridge on Riverside Avenue alongside the St. Johns River.

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