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Seeking peace: River trips help kids connect with nature

Peace River winds 106 miles through Central Florida, from Polk County to the Gulf of Mexico, but its significance to longtime Florida families makes it feel more like the Mississippi. Most of the native Floridians I know have been to the Peace River. When I moved here decades ago, I was told of...

  • Florida travel calendar for November

    Florida travel calendar for November

    Check out festivals and events in November across the state. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Through November 12: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Walt Disney World. The annual food and wine lover's...

  • Life-size dinosaurs invade South Florida Science Center | Video

    Life-size dinosaurs invade South Florida Science Center | Video

    The largest traveling exhibition of dinosaurs in America is roaring into South Florida on Saturday in the “Dinosaur Invasion” at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. Sixteen dinosaurs are featured in the Science Center’s newest and largest-ever indoor and outdoor exhibit,...

  • Brick or Treat: 7 reasons to go to Legoland’s Halloween party

    Brick or Treat: 7 reasons to go to Legoland’s Halloween party

    October has arrived, along with everything ghosts, ghouls and pumpkin. Theme parks throughout Florida break out spooky and scary events for the season, including Brick or Treat at the theme park closest to South Florida: Legoland. Unlike some other Halloween events, Brick or Treat is not a specially...

  • On the Horizon: Carnival's newest, biggest ship now in Miami

    On the Horizon: Carnival's newest, biggest ship now in Miami

    Carnival’s newest ship, Horizon, has arrived in Miami, bringing a number of fun elements for guests of all ages on the Miami-based cruise line’s biggest ship to date. The Horizon will sail out of PortMiami on six- and eight-day cruises throughout the Caribbean. The 14-deck ship accommodates 3,934...

  • Keeping families together on the plane without going broke

    Keeping families together on the plane without going broke

    Little has changed in the two years since Congress prodded airlines to seat children 13 and younger next to an adult family member at no extra cost. The reason: The Trump administration has declined to draft new rules detailing how airlines should apply the new law. That means that kids, in some...

  • Disney to sell early morning starts to Toy Story Land

    Disney to sell early morning starts to Toy Story Land

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park visitors can start their day ahead of the crowds at Toy Story Land via a new early-access program sold by Walt Disney World. The “Early Morning Magic” event becomes available on select mornings beginning Sept. 17. Participants will have access to the land’s...

  • Some of the best things to do in Key West are free

    Some of the best things to do in Key West are free

    Late summer and early fall bring the lowest room rates to Key West. Yes, it’s the peak of hurricane season, but for budget travelers, this is also bargain season. To make your travel dollars stretch even further, take advantage of the many free things to do in Key West. You don’t have to drop $15...

  • Best water parks in the country

    Best water parks in the country

    TripAdvisor has released its Travelers' Choice Awards for the top water parks in the country.  No surprise, Florida's water parks come out on top.  For local thrills, check out our guide to South Florida's water parks.

  • Ahoy maties! Free admission at Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum

    Ahoy maties! Free admission at Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum

    The Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum is back in business. The museum at 1 Whitehead St. reopened July 13 after renovating its 65-foot-high tower. As part of the reopening, the museum began offering free entry to all Monroe County residents this month through Sept. 30. The tower is known for providing...

  • Florida travel calendar for August

    Florida travel calendar for August

    Check out festivals and events in August across the state. View events this coming weekend, or view the whole month's offerings by region below. This list is organized by region. Central Florida: (Including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)...

  • Icon Orlando: Discount tickets for Florida residents in August

    Icon Orlando: Discount tickets for Florida residents in August

    For the month of August, Florida residents can get 25 percent off for a ticket aboard Icon Orlando, the International Drive observation wheel formerly known as the Orlando Eye. The deal lops off a quarter of the regular price plus takes off the tax, the attraction says. That ends up being $21 (or...

  • Study: Using sunscreen in childhood cuts melanoma risk years later by 40 percent

    Study: Using sunscreen in childhood cuts melanoma risk years later by 40 percent

    Slather that sunscreen on your kids and don't hold back. It could help save their lives. A study out of Australia found that using sunscreen in childhood can reduce the risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 40 percent in young adults. As with most cancers, the risk...

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