Explore Local: The Beginning

Let’s be completely honest. As much as we would love a lifestyle that includes frequent travel, the truth is that we just don’t have it like that. As a matter of fact, I barely have enough money to buy gas to make it to the end of the week let alone to purchase constant flights to and from the US. With that said, and now that I’ve pretty much put y’all all up and through our business, the family and I have pretty much agreed that it would be a great idea for us to begin to explore more things locally. After all, we do live in sunny Southwest Florida. As a matter of fact, according to the Orlando Sentinel, tourism estimates tracked by Visit Florida conclude that a record 98 million domestic visitors came to Florida in 2016 (Caitlin Dineen, Florida Welcomed Nearly 113 Million Tourists in 2016, Orlando Sentinel) . That’s a whopping 7.3 percent increase from the year prior. That number is comprised of a bunch of truly amazing people that love the state of Florida and agree that there’s just something here to see. So why haven’t we seen it?

 

That’s not to say that we haven’t done our fair share of exploring Florida, but quite honestly, rarely are people ever really a tourist in their own town. Although we’ve visited most well-known Orlando attractions, as well as, explored various city festivals and local loves, there’s still so, so much of our beloved state that we have yet to see. Because of that fact, we, the Wrights are vowing to show more love to our beautiful and sunny, okay, mostly sunny, home.

A couple of the places we’ve already been eyeing to visit are:

· Dry Tortugas – Key West, Fl – The site of hundreds of shipwrecks. “Only accessible by boat or seaplane, the Dry Tortugas are considered to be one of America’s most remote and least visited national parks.” (The Atlas Obscura Guide to Florida, Atlas Obscura)

· Venetian Pool – Coral Gables, Fl – A historic pool that refills itself with naturally filtered water every day.

· Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales, Fl – A carillion tower built atop a 295-foot high hill. The site is also the home of the world’s largest carillion library.

· Devil’s Den – Williston, Fl – A privately owned and operated scuba diving training and recreational facility that is a pleasant 72 degrees year-round. Only open to scuba divers and snorkelers, the den, according to what I see on the 'gram' truly is a site to see.

· Cape Romano Dome House – Marco Island, Fl – An abandoned vacation home on the southern tip of Marco Island that is a composite of stilted concrete igloos slowly being consumed by the sea.

· Fort Barrancas – Pensacola, Fl – A now deactivated naval base that once served as a pre-Civil war hub.

· Ginnie Springs – High Springs, Fl – One of the most visited and gorgeous springs in the state. Altogether, Ginnie Springs consists of 5 springs connected via the Sante Fe River.

Trust me, these places are just a few! We absolutely cannot wait to get to exploring more and sharing with all of you what we find and what we think!

So, where in Florida have you been? Anywhere interesting or that you’d recommend? Let's hear it! Perhaps we could hit it up!!!