A Garden Sanctuary

The Bok Tower Gardens

Between Orlando and Tampa 

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A River Time Forgot

The Chassahowitzka River

Locals call it the "Chaz" 

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A Florida Original

Cedar Key

Enjoy the "Old Florida" charm

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Key Lime Pound Cake 

A Taste of Florida

A tart and sweet treat 

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Authentic Art

The Florida Highwaymen

Created beauty despite the times 

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Tasting Florida's Honey 

Sample the Varietals

Florida bees offer many flavors 

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Step Back in Time

Four Florida Historical Forts

Visit centuries of history 

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Bug Fever!

Florida Lobster Season Opens

One of Florida's finest catches

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Florida's Sanctuary: The Bok Tower Gardens

You don’t have to be a gardener to love this Florida adventure. Located in Lake Wales the heart of Central Florida, between Tampa and Orlando, the Bok Tower Gardens includes 50 acres of luscious gardens 

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