Authentic Florida

Two Authentic Florida Festivals Celebrate Kumquats and Birds

These two festivals, both this month, highlight the best of Florida with a "down home" vibe.

01/09/2017 By Robin Draper

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Where and How to Observe Manatees in the Wild

Citrus County is one of the best places to see Florida's manatees up close.

11/17/2016 By Robin Draper

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It's Beautyberry Season

Beautyberries are a local Sarasota treat that make a fantastic jelly. Here's how to do it.

10/24/2016 By Robin Draper

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Outdoor Enthusiasts Will Love Pasco County

Just 30 minutes north of Tampa, get outdoors in Pasco County

09/26/2016 By Robin Draper

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Launch Your Trip to Florida’s Space Coast

Watch a rocket launch, take an airboat ride, learn to surf, enjoy wildlife encounters

09/06/2016 By Robin Draper

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Martin County is a Sparkling Gem on Florida's Treasure Coast

Martin County combines Florida's past with enchanting small towns, uncrowded beaches and open prairies

07/27/2016 By Robin Draper

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10 Awesome Things to Do in Sarasota This Summer

Sarasota offers plenty of outdoor family fun.

06/24/2016 By Robin Draper

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Your Summer Guide to St. Augustine

Fascinating historical landmarks, unique restaurants and charming inns.

05/31/2016 By Robin Draper

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An A-"Maze"-ing Mother's Day Adventure

This Mother's Day, why not wander through a sunflower maze and pick blueberries?

05/05/2016 By Robin Draper

Up a Creek

Day Trip: Paddling in Citrus County

In Citrus County, you'll find Old Florida charm, breathtaking wilderness and many manatees.

04/15/2016 With Robin Draper

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Springtime at Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens is in full bloom--it's time to stop and smell the flowers.

03/10/2016 By Robin Draper

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Where to Pick Fresh Florida Citrus Straight From the Grove

Stop and smell the orange blossoms.

02/24/2016 By Robin Draper

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Ocala is an Adventurer's Paradise

Ocala, once considered a dusty Central Florida cow town, is an adventurer’s paradise with rolling hills, horse farms, a national forest and one of Florida’s oldest tourist attractions, Silver Springs State Park.

02/10/2016 By Robin Draper

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Dade City's 2016 Kumquat Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

The 2016 Dade City Kumquat Festival, now in its 20th year, kicks off on Jan. 30.

01/18/2016 By Robin Draper

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Three Authentic Florida Holiday Destinations

Robin Draper shares three of her favorite Authentic Florida holiday destinations.

12/08/2015 By Robin Draper

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Authentic Florida: Pasco County's Iconic Stilt Houses

Thirty miles northwest of Tampa, Pasco County's wooden fishing camps, known as stilt houses, are reminders of Florida's past.

09/23/2015 By Robin Draper

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Charlotte Harbor and Its Islands

Charlotte Harbor has many hidden treasures among its nine coastal and four island communities, making it one of Florida’s top eco-tourism destinations.

08/31/2015 By Robin Draper

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A Visit to Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Sarasota’s Jungle Gardens is an old-timey tourist attraction that has withstood the test of time and continues to deliver pure charm for the entire family.

08/08/2015 By Robin Draper