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Christmas the Florida Fun Stuff way!!

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, so I’m going to write about some upcoming Holiday stuff that’s sure to keep you and your family delighted the Florida Fun Stuff way! (under $20).

First off, few creatures in this world do the Holidays better than Mickey Mouse. Hands down.

The level of detail and resources that goes into Disney Holidays is unrivaled and a must see if you have the means.

In the meantime, let’s explore some family friendly options that won’t break the bank.

1) Boat parades.

what better way to celebrate the Holidays in Florida than to watch a processional of boats of all shapes and sizes decked out in festive lights and characters? From Jacksonville to Key West, boat parades offer the Holiday Spirit in true Florida coastal style.

Some of the parades are bigger than others, but the big daddy of them all happens to be right here in my own back yard, the Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale. I thought I had seem some good boat parades in my life long residency in FL, until I saw this one. Every thing from decorated paddle boards to full out yachts to barges carrying decorated airplanes! (Sky Limo air charters is always my favorite entry). To find a boat parade near you I’ve included a link below.


2) The Zoo

If you love animals, the Holidays, creative decor and cocoa take your family to the zoo!

Many zoos around the country are offering patrons special programs after regular hours (i.e. 6-9pm).

Although most of the park won’t be open to the public, there will still be plenty to see and do often for a fraction of the regular cost of admission. A good example is Zoo Miami’s “Zoo Lights” package. They pre sell tickets online for $5/person you can enjoy lights, animals, etc. and for a small upgrade (I believe $12) you get cookies, cocoa, carousel ride and more!

So check out your local zoo to see what’s in the offering.

3) historic districts

Many historic districts in older cities offer cool Christmas stuff. St. Augustine and Fernandina in North Florida both offer historic festivities. There’s an old civil war fort in Fernandina that even relives a Victorian Christmas Party with the soldiers complete with Victorian carols and cocoa (pretty cool).

More to come!



All you can eat shrimp…just go get them!

Fall in North Florida brings a special gift near and dear to my heart (and stomach), the annual shrimp migration into the St. Johns River!

What you need is a cast net, cooler, a little patience, and a full moon doesn’t hurt either! Many folks have different recipes for bait, but my go to is a combination of the cheapest nastiest canned catfood you can get for $1, rock salt, flour, and water. Dump ingredients into an old bowl and kneed by hand or old tablespoon into a funky dough. Find a public dock with a little elbow room and toss a few pinches of your bait dough about 10-20 feet up current, wait a few minutes and toss the castnet over to see who’s hanging out down there. Sometimes it’s a bust, and sometimes it’s an endless buffet! More tips, tricks, and recipes to follow. For up to date info, check out the regional fishing reports Floridasportsman.com


Catch a Gulf Sunset!

So if you’re looking for something amazing to do and don’t want to spend a lot of money, catch a Gulf sunset!

No Matter where you are in Florida, you’re never more than a few hours away from the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes we’ll watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, goof off some during the day, head over to the west coast of Florida and catch an AMAZING light show over dinner or a casual stroll down the beach picking up shells. Oh, did I mention that the beach combing is fantastic on the Gulf Coast of Florida? I have plenty of great spots to tell you about in future posts with great facilities and interesting treasures to find and where to find them. But enough of me blabbing about it, let’s see some pics!

So here are a few of my favorite Gulf sunset pics…

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