Authentic Travel
Central Florida
photo: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

Long ago, Cracker Cowboys herded cattle across the state traveling through Florida’s Central Florida prairies. You can experience the land as it once at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, a stunningly beautiful frontier wilderness 

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Central Florida
photo: Manatees Arrive to Blue Spring State Park
Manatees Arrive to Blue Spring State Park

For years friends have told me about Blue Spring State Park. Finally, I loaded up the family and we set off to explore one of Florida’s most delightful state treasures. Located north of Orlando and west of Orange   

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Authentic Travel
photo: Feeding the Hungry, Florida's ECHO Farm
Feeding the Hungry, Florida's ECHO Farm

Over 925 million people around the world go hungry every day. A sad and tragic fact. I felt that way before I found a Florida farm actually doing something about it. Located in Ft. Myers, ECHO farm trains individuals   

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Central Florida
photo: Florida's Bok Tower & Gardens
Florida's Bok Tower & Gardens

You don’t have to be a gardener to love this Florida adventure. Located in the heart of Central Florida, between Tampa and Orlando near Lake Wales, the Bok Tower Gardens includes 50 acres of luscious gardens, singing tower carillon, and the 1930's 

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Everglades
photo: Big Cypress Walk
Big Cypress Walk

Have you ever tried to get in the Florida Everglades? I mean "in" as in up to your knees? For authentic travelers, try "mucking about" in the Big Cypress National Preserve to get up "close and personal" with one of the most beautiful parks in America

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Florida Keys
photo: Road Trip: Key Lime Pie Tasting
Road Trip: Key Lime Pie Tasting

I recently I took a trip to the Florida Keys, the birthplace of the signature dish and decided to do a sample tasting of key lime pies. From Mile Marker 112, the measured distance on the north end of the Florida Keys 

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Florida Keys
photo: Florida's Dry Tortugas
Florida's Dry Tortugas

Seventy miles west of the Florida Keys lay a cluster of small coral islands called the Dry Tortugas. This rare combination of a marine wildlife refuge, a national park, and a 19th century historical fort in a tropical, exotic setting make it a trip you don't 

 

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Authentic Travel
photo: Old Florida Charm on the Chassahowitzka River
Old Florida Charm on the Chassahowitzka River

It’s a good thing you don’t have to be able to pronounce the name of this river to love it. Located in Citrus County south of Homosassa Springs, the spectacular Chassahowitzka or affectionally called "Chaz" by locals 

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Central Florida
photo: Best Florida Bargain for $2: Rainbow Springs
Best Florida Bargain for $2: Rainbow Springs

Shimmering shades of aqua blues and emerald greens reflect above and below the crystal clear water. I glance down to the white sandy bottom with patches of river grass as I quietly paddle under a thick green canopy 

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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