Meander through the 340-acre zoo, and you might catch a glimpse of an exotic animal, such as a Komodo dragon, ring-tailed lemur or tree kangaroo. For a unique birds-eye view of the park, visitors can delight in a ride on the monorail, or if it’s a hot summer day, you can cool off in the splash zone.
Offering some of the unique experiences you can have at a zoo, you can kayak through Africa or get a birds-eye view of wild animals by zip lining through South America. Kids will delight in the memorable experiences to be had here, from colorful Tories resting on their arms to touching a baby gator, stroking a rhino and feeding a giraffe.
The park’s shaded boardwalks are surrounding by lush foliage and wetlands, while a 20,000-gallon aquarium offers a peek at the diverse underwater marine life and a touch tank play area for kids. Domestic animals can be found at the Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo, while those who are fascinated by fierce creatures can see the Southeast’s largest collection of venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles in the Herpetarium.
Make sure to take a look at the fossa, an animal that is closely related to the mongoose and civet and is the largest native predator on the island of Madagascar. The walkthrough portion is called Safari World, where kids of all ages will delight in the colorful displays of birds and fish.
Take home souvenirs at the Lion’s Den Gift Shop or rent a paddle boat to float along Lake Shanna lee, while the kids will want to explore the Safari Splash Spray ground with water features and slides. Lively animal shows and multimedia exhibits keep the entire family entertained, while a boat cruise sails past the primate island where you’re given a chance to see monkeys and lemurs.
Make sure to see the Black Bear Hammock exhibit, catch a captivating “Snakes Live” show or plan a visit to the 19-foot reticulated python. The kids will love the Safari Line Train, where you can ride past hippos, gorillas and antelope roaming free on the 30-acre preserve while you relax on a classic CP Huntington style locomotive.
Visit the free flight aviary to see hundreds of colorful parakeets flying around as they perch on your hand, or take a walk along the elevated boardwalk for a bird’s eye view of the roaming herds of deer, zebra, and rhinos. See the one-eyed Screech Owl, watch ring-tailed lemurs at play, hold an alligator, or take a stroll along the winding jungle trails that wrap along the tropical landscaping and gardens.
This is Central Florida’s only attraction solely dedicated to dinosaurs, and it’s conveniently located in Plant City between Tampa & Orlando. Orlando Science Center : The Orlando Science Center has an exhibit going called Dino Digs, where you’ll be able to examine fossil replicas of dinosaurs & prehistoric sea creatures.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure : The Jurassic Park exhibits at Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando Resort has some great dinosaur attractions themed with the Jurassic Park movies. You can look at dinosaur fossils and enjoy seeing a (animatronic) raptor being hatched at the Jurassic Park Discovery Center.
Camp Jurassic is a great playground for kids, especially if they love dinosaurs. Visit Undercover Tourist to find great deals on Universal Studios tickets.
Dino Land USA at Animal Kingdom : Dinosaur lovers can also enjoy the Dino Land USA section at Animal Kingdom, one of the parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. You’ll be able to see “Dino-Sue”, an exact replica of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex found to date.
Connect with nature at the National Aviary as you explore lush, tropical habitats where colorful birds fly freely around you, with enhanced safety protocols! Parrots See Benito and Sapphire, two gorgeous Hyacinth Macaws, in the Tropical Rainforest.
The hatching of an endangered African Penguin chick to first-time parents Buddy and Holly is a reason to celebrate! When Lottie the African Penguin fell ill with pneumonia, she faced a long road to recovery.
When thousands of flamingo chicks were abandoned due to drought in South Africa, one National Aviary staff member, Teri Grendzinski, made the journey to help. The National Aviary works to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.
It's no secret that Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, is jam packed with awesome attractions. With thousands of miles of coastline, Florida is known for its white sandy beaches on both the Atlantic and the gulf.
The spring itself is a short walk from the parking lot and the water’s crystal clear. Underwater at Ponce de Leon Springs Alan Dressler Ponce De Leon, the Spanish conquistador, has a lot to do with Florida’s history and that’s probably why there’s a state park named after him.
De Leon Springs is a little further away in Volusia County, which offers plenty to do. What’s great about these places is that you can even go for a little day hike on the Florida Trail, turn around and head right back to the spring to cool off.
Alexander Springs State Park in Ocala is right along one of my favorite sections of the Florida Trail. The park is right along the St. Johns River, making it completely accessible by boat.
The crystal-clear water from the spring feeds right into the St. Johns River and the swimming area is massive. Follow the boardwalk a little further toward the spring, and you might have a swimming area all to yourself on a busy summer day.
With all the water rushing up along the underwater rock walls, it’s got to be tough to live down there, right? Don’t pay attention, and you might end up grabbing a giant plecostomus.
All the major carriers are well represented throughout the state, as are a multitude of smaller Minos that run on their networks. Sprint's coverage lags a bit, but customers can connect to other networks where Sprint has roaming agreements.
Florida has 1,029 zip codes, and the state's best network, AT&T, covers roughly 100% of them. Coverage in Florida (State of 1,029 Zip Codes) Network Codes CoveredGeographic Area Covered m 2 AT&T 1,02958,118 Verizon 1,00655,258 T-Mobile 1,00851,718 Sprint 1,00648,711 Coverage data generated November 21st 2019 from carrier maps.
Both carriers offer 4G access to over 99% of Floridians, with Verizon just slightly edging out Big Blue for the top spot. Both T-Mobile and AT&T offer a modest 17% and 13% coverage, respectively, using their low-band networks that provide wider reach but at slower speeds.
Verizon, which is using high-band 5G (the kind that delivers those amazing speeds mentioned), has the smallest footprint in the nation due to the high-band spectrum's shorter wavelengths and fragile frequencies. In Florida, Verizon offers just 0.0028% coverage, thanks to two outdoor hotspots located in Miami and Panama City.
Minos purchase network service from the major providers at wholesale prices, then pass the savings on to consumers. If you're interested in Verizon's coverage, for example, but are looking for a better deal, Straight Talk Wireless, Twiggy and Red Pocket are just a few of the smaller providers you'll want to check out.
Photo and Recipe Courtesy ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Dip rim of martini glass in melted white chocolate and coat in crushed candy canes.
The Miracle on Orange Pop-Up returns this Holiday Season, and once again it will be hosted by The Courtesy from November 24 – December 30. Take a peak at some delicious and delightful Holiday drinks they’ve dreamt up.
Crushed graham crackers Brown sugar 3 ounces Chopin Vodka 1 tablespoon spiced pumpkin purée 1 ounce cinnamon clove brown sugar simple syrup For Cinnamon Clove Brown Sugar Simple Syrup: Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Shake vigorously, pour contents into martini glass (neat). Garnish and or Rim: Blue berries and Raspberries add AFTER drink is made.
Coat rims of serving glasses in lime juice and dunk in sugar. Roll fresh cranberries in sugar and add to drink for garnish.
Photo and Recipe Courtesy ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Pour Smirnoff Peppermint Twist into a mug of hot chocolate and stir to combine.
Photo and Recipe Courtesy ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Combine all liquid ingredients, except for ginger beer, in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.