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Authentic Travel
photo: Cooling Down in Florida's Springs
Cooling Down in Florida's Springs

Looking for ways to cool down this summer? Try Florida’s refreshing springs to beat the heat as temperatures rise. Authentic Florida takes you to eight springs: Weeki Wachee, Crystal River, Rainbow 

 

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photo: Authentic Florida Keys Road Trip (Upper Keys)
Authentic Florida Keys Road Trip (Upper Keys)

Thinking about a tropical Florida vacation? If you looking for things to do and places to go, Authentic Florida guest contributor and author Laura Albritton shares her tips for a fabulous road trip to the Florida

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photo: 13 Authentic Florida Things to do on the Space Coast
13 Authentic Florida Things to do on the Space Coast

When we think of the Space Coast we naturally picture the Space Program. But there is plenty more authentic Florida to discover here – “real” Florida, natural Florida, and historic Florida. Try a sea turtle walk, stroll the beach, go birding, ride the waves 

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North Florida
photo: Florida's Caverns: A Trip Down Under
Florida's Caverns: A Trip Down Under

On the northern part of Florida’s panhandle you’ll find one of the state’s most unique parks, the Florida Caverns. Located northwest of Tallahassee in Marianna, you can experience a one-of-a-kind Florida park and go "down under"

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photo: Join a Florida Sea Turtle Walk
Join a Florida Sea Turtle Walk

From May through October, while we’re fast asleep, magical moments quietly occur along our Florida coastlines. Over night, our beaches and barrier islands become North America’s #1 sea turtle nesting grounds. Mother loggerhead, green  

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Country Rambling
photo: Time to Pick Florida Blueberries!
Time to Pick Florida Blueberries!

Now is the perfect time to grab your buckets and pick those precious Florida blueberries. But don’t wait too long, because the season is here and gone in no time. Generally the “picking window” lasts from now through the end of May

 

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photo: Letting it Go on The Hillsborough River
Letting it Go on The Hillsborough River

Let the river run through you. "Unplug" and drift with the gentle current of the Hillsborough River, a well-shaded, easy ride downstream. Ideal for beginner and intermediate paddlers, a canoe or kayak trip is great fun, and you'll love the Florida

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Wildlife
photo: Best Places to See Manatees in Florida
Best Places to See Manatees in Florida

It's not too late to see Florida's manatees as they leave the 72 degree springs and scatter throughout the state waterways. Authentic Florida shares the best places to view these lovable gentle giants, affectionally called the Florida "sea cow", a sight

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North Florida
photo: A Slice of Natural Beauty at St. Mark's
A Slice of Natural Beauty at St. Mark's

South of Tallahassee, on Florida’s panhandle, St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge provides an oasis for migratory birds and teeming wildlife. For the avid nature traveler or just the curious, St. Mark's is a a slice of stunning and breathtaking beauty 

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My Promise

Whether looking for a half-day, full-day, or weekend excursion, the Authentic Florida Traveler experiences Florida in its simplest form – enjoying the Florida that has always been here, yet often forgotten. With moderate planning and even the most limited budget, the Authentic Traveler can enjoy the best that Florida has to offer. 

Authentic Florida travelers seek, discover and rediscover Florida– and are passionate about living a true and centered life in a state that has so much to enjoy.  Join me as we discover the Florida of our past, present and future.

Authentic Florida awaits you.

- Robin