Your Ultimate Guide to Visiting Honeymoon Island State Park in Florida
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by Cristina Vanthul
1w ago
Discover insights about Honeymoon Island State Park in Florida in this informative blog post. Uncover tips, highlights, and practical advice from a local for planning your visit to this coastal sanctuary. Explore its pristine beaches, wildlife, and landscapes for an unforgettable experience. I have to admit I’m spoiled; I live just 5 miles from Honeymoon ..read more
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13 Best Spots for Hiking in Lakeland
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by Cristina Vanthul
2w ago
If you’re a nature lover, hiking in Lakeland might be on your to-do list. And you’re in luck because Lakeland, Florida offers stunning places to immerse yourself in nature. I love the hiking trails in Lakeland so much that I make trips to this central Florida town specifically to go hiking.  Located in a wonderfully ..read more
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Finding a Hiking Adventure at Gator Creek Reserve in Lakeland FL
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by Cristina Vanthul
3w ago
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know I often find places to visit – especially parks – by scrolling Google Maps. I found Gator Creek Reserve in Lakeland, Florida in this way, while searching for parks to visit on a return trip from Orlando to Tampa. For that search, I sought places ..read more
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Discover the Magic of Florida’s 30+ Most Enchanting Festivals in June
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by Cristina Vanthul
1M ago
Florida in June has already hit summer by many people’s standards. The state’s average temperature is in the low 80s and average humidity in the mid-70s. It’s the month when the rainy season and Hurricane season begin, too. It’s little wonder that festivals in June in Florida drop off as event organizers and tourists move ..read more
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10 Top-Rated Hotels in Lakeland Florida for the Best Stay
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by Cristina Vanthul
2M ago
Explore the top 10 hotels in Lakeland Florida with the curated list of accommodations that seamlessly blend Southern hospitality with modern comfort. Discover historic hotels, modern franchise favorites, and everything in between for the perfect stay when you visit this vibrant city. Lakeland, Florida, nestled between Tampa and Orlando, boasts a delightful array of accommodations ..read more
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20 Best Things to Do in Lakeland FL
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by Cristina Vanthul
2M ago
The first time I ventured into Lakeland was years ago on a back roads route from my parents’ home in Miami to mine in Ocala after spending a long weekend with them. It was just another small, somewhat rural town. I didn’t realize then all the things to do in Lakeland FL. It was so ..read more
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Hollis Garden: A Hidden Botanical Gem in Lakeland, Florida
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by Cristina Vanthul
3M ago
Any time I travel to a city I haven’t visited before, I have to find a botanical garden. It’s one of my things, and over the years I’ve found beautiful gardens in some unexpected places. In 2023 I visited Lakeland several times, mostly for hiking. It’s less than two hours from home so makes an ..read more
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A Guide to Exploring Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland
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by Cristina Vanthul
4M ago
Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland opened in late 2022, and I first learned about it through those Facebook ads that pop up every other post. You know… group post | ad | group post | ad | page post | ad | friend post | ad…  I kept seeing this beautiful little creek – and ..read more
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Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum: A morning exploration of palms in paradise
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by Cristina Vanthul
4M ago
Early on a Saturday morning in November, I pulled into the parking lot next to Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum. This hidden gem in St. Petersburg popped on a map search – my preferred way of finding new places to explore – one night while scrolling across Google Maps. The name jumped out at me. A ..read more
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Hiking at Little Manatee River State Park
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by Cristina Vanthul
4M ago
Are you thinking about going hiking at Little Manatee River State Park? If so, you’re in the right place! One of many state parks in the Tampa Bay area, it’s a beautiful hike, and one of my favorite places for hiking in Tampa. When I visited on Thanksgiving weekend, I thought the park would be ..read more
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