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When visitors think of Fort Myers Beach, white sand, rolling waves, lush landscapes and sunshine come to mind more often than thousands of years of history. What many visitors don’t realize is that Southwest Florida is home to dozens of shell mounds or middens that were created by the ancient Calusa Indians. The Calusa used the shells for the food inside them and later crafted them into tools, utensils, jewelry, and weapons for fishing and hunting. When the shells were discarded, they were placed in huge heaps. At the Mound House, you can tour Estero Island’s ...

This month, treat your valentine(s) and yourself to something sweet, creamy and indulgent during your Orlando vacation – CHOCOLATE! Spend this Valentine’s Day – or any day – learning about and sampling chocolate at the World of Chocolate Museum & Café. Start your day with a 45-minute tour of the award-winning chocolate museum. Discover how the delicious treat is grown as a bean and trace its origins and history. Next, view 25 amazing solid c...

SeaWorld® Orlando is once again honoring America’s heroes! Returning Saturdays and Sundays, February 13-March 6, Bands, Brew & BBQ™ features a saucy lineup of classic rock and country music concerts and lip-smacking good barbecue. Plus, proceeds from the event will benefit the USO, and current and retired members of the military will receive special discounts. Tap your toes to a schedule of shows.

In between concerts, satisfy your appetite with crave-worthy barbecue from Central Florida&rsq...

Grab your flock and head over to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island to spend Valentine’s Day weekend with your feathered friends. In honor of Presidents Day, February 13-15, you’ll love enjoying Wildlife Drive for free with no-fee admission. Stroll hand-in-hand or take a cruise down Wildlife Drive for opportunities to see shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds and more with some birds nesting. In a wild, intimate setting along nature trails and ...

Central Florida is so much more than the theme parks. It is home to a variety of animals found nowhere else. Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., celebrate the rich diversity of birds and other wildlife that make their home at Lake Apopka, Florida’s fourth-largest lake, at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza. The festival takes place along the north shore of Lake Apopka at Magnolia Park, located about 40 minutes from Kissimmee. Enjoy a day of fun and learning for the whole family with activities including:

-Guided birding and nature tours of ...

Each year, the people of Fort Myers and Southwest Florida come together to celebrate the many achievements of Thomas Alva Edison and his lasting contributions to the community. Edison established his winter estate in Fort Myers in 1885 and spent many seasons vacationing there until his death in 1931. In celebration of his impact on the area, the Edison Festival of Light seeks to strengthen the community through education and activities relating to Edison’s inventions and values.

Kicking off with the Science & Inventors Fair, the 2016 festival lasts through S...

This February, join LEGOLAND® Florida Resort in celebrating the release of their newest film “The LEGO® Movie 4D A New Adventure” with special activities each weekend! During LEGO Movie 4D Weekends, enjoy extended park hours, chances to see the new film, LEGO® brick builds, hands-on activities just for kids and a passport adventure with stops throughout the park. You can also mingle and have your picture taken with ‘stars’ of the movie including some never seen bef...

Posted on January 25, 2016 by to Orlando, FL

Spring break is just around the corner. If you’re visiting Orlando for spring break, you can experience the theme parks and splash in the surf all in the same day. Since the Sunshine State is a peninsula and almost entirely surrounded by water, you’re never more than two hours from beach paradise when you visit Central Florida. Grab your sunblock and a towel and get ready to hit the sand! Check out our picks for the best beaches near Orlando on Florida’s east and west coasts.

East Coast

Daytona Beach
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Let the good times roll - it’s time for the return of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, select nights February 6-April 16! Get in the springtime spirit and catch handfuls of colorful beads, see fantastic floats and party like you’re in the Big Easy.

This family-friendly celebration returns with an all-new lineup of hot concerts, spicy Cajun & Creole cuisine and an authentic New Orleans-style parade with more than 1.7 million beads flying through the air. Line the streets of the parade route to see ove...

A brand-new awesome 4D movie is coming to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. Friday, January 29, attend the world premiere of “The LEGO® Movie 4D A New Adventure” in the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater and be among the first to see this short film. Created exclusively for LEGOLAND theme parks, Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny are back in a new story continuing where “The LEGO® Movie™” left off. In the movie, the characters reunite at the invitation of ...

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