Tag Archives: Day Trips

Tarpon Springs, home of the Sponge Divers

Located on the Gulf Coast in Pinellas County, Tarpon Springs has a population of only about 25,000. While the region was first settled in 1876, it was named Tarpon Springs in 1882 because of the plentitude of jumping tarpons in the bay that were spotted by the settlers. With the arrival of the railroad in 1888 it became a spot for snowbirds to come and frequent in the winter to escape the northern cold. It has the highest population of Greek Americans of any city in the US and this is based on some interesting history surrounding sponge diving. Continue reading Tarpon Springs, home of the Sponge Divers

Visiting Florida’s Natural Springs in Crystal River, Homosassa, and Rainbow Springs

This post should be called swimming with the manatees, but it turned out that an unseasonably warm February made for conditions that sent the manatees on their way back to the Gulf by the time we arrived. We still got to see a few manatees in Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (where they have some rescued ones they are rehabilitating) but the usual population that migrates to the springs to escape the cold waters of the Gulf in a typical season (mid-Nov. to Mar.) had already left. Continue reading Visiting Florida’s Natural Springs in Crystal River, Homosassa, and Rainbow Springs

Visiting the Everglades National Park

The Everglades cover a large area of southern Florida and is a very unique ecosystem. Mostly made up of marshland and coastal mangroves, the environment attracts over 300 species of aquatic birds. Both alligators and crocodiles can also be found in the Everglades making it one of the only places in the world where these two species cohabit. The Everglades are thriving with wildlife and fortunately a large part of this expanse is protected as a national park. Continue reading Visiting the Everglades National Park

Diving into the Gulf Stream at the Frost Museum of Science

Located in Downtown Miami, next door to the Perez Art Museum is the newly opened Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. There was quite the buildup of anticipation for the May 2017 opening, and over 25,000 people came to visit the first week! This $305 Million dollar project in downtown Miami is comprised of four buildings, which span 250,000 square feet of exhibits and showrooms including a planetarium and a killer 500,000-gallon aquarium! Continue reading Diving into the Gulf Stream at the Frost Museum of Science

Visiting the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary

Located in Tavernier, the sanctuary shelters over a hundred wild birds including hawks, owls, pelicans, and many more. We love to visit and make a small donation to help keep the sanctuary going. What we love is the way each bird has a small explanation of how it was found, why it cannot be released and how it’s adapting to life in the shelter. Continue reading Visiting the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary

Exploring Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas

Probably the hardest national park to get to, the Dry Tortugas is the location of Fort Jefferson which housed the motley crew accused of conspiring in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Originally built between 1846 and 1875 to try and contain and control trade in the area, the fort was plagued with disease and troubles and never fully finished. It’s the largest brick masonry structure ever built in the Americas and uses over 16 Million bricks! Continue reading Exploring Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas

Visiting the History of Diving Museum

It was our second visit to this wonderful museum and we always get a laugh and some new tidbit of information about one of our favorite subjects, diving! If you’ve never been, it’s definitely worth the trip and the 12$ adult entrance. The museum is well laid out taking you back to the 1500s with early attempts at diving and the various inventions that have come to be discovered. Continue reading Visiting the History of Diving Museum

Florida Keys Update

The Keys are open, and they would welcome and appreciate our business!

On Sept 10th, Hurricane Irma, a storm the size of Texas barreled across the Keys and up the Florida Peninsula causing havoc and devastation. The eye crossed at Big Pine, Summerland and Cudjoe Key but there was major damage all the way from Key Largo to Key West Continue reading Florida Keys Update