While visiting the little coastal town of St. Marys, Georgia we happened to pass a shopping center parking lot filled with carnival rides and games. My four year old daughter was mesmerized by the Ferris Wheel and begged to ride it. Thus began our unexpected attendance at the Spring Carnival in St. Marys, Georgia.
“We’re here!” I exclaimed as we pulled into the parking lot of the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa Bay, Florida. Definitely not the easiest zoo to find for out-of-towners unfamiliar with the area but after a few wrong turns and u-turns to get back on the right track we had finally arrived.
“This is our stop,” I said to my daughter as the streetcar came to a stop. I held her hand as she hopped onto the sidewalk. The streetcar drove away and we followed the family who had also gotten off at this stop. Soon we all realized we had gotten off one stop too early as we watched the streetcar stop right in front of the Florida Aquarium.
The Tampa Bay History Center is a multistory complex located on the new riverwalk in downtown Tampa Bay, Florida. It is filled with exhibits dedicated to revealing Florida’s history from prehistoric times up until the recent past. The first floor is almost entirely dedicated to Florida’s Native American history from ancient times until first contact with the earliest Spanish […]
The most ferocious dinosaur that ever lived has arrived at the Museum of Science & History. At 42-feet long, 12-feet tall and 3,500 pounds, Sue is the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. The exhibit, A T. rex Named Sue, opened at MOSH Memorial Day Weekend, May 26, 2012 and is currently on-going. A replica cast […]
“What a beautiful area,” I thought as I stood on the riverwalk in downtown Tampa Bay, Florida. This was my second day in the Tampa Bay area having spent the previous day visiting the Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site and South Florida Museum in nearby Bradenton. The riverwalk looked newly constructed as did the Tampa Bay History Center. My (almost) four year old daughter played on a large alligator model while I took in the views of along the riverwalk.
As I stepped into the South Florida Museum with my three year old daughter we were immediately confronted with a giant skeleton. The skeleton was of a giant tiger that once called Florida home over 10,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Beyond this skeleton was another room with an even larger skeleton. This skeleton was of one of the giant elephants called mastodons that shared the Florida landscape with the giant tiger.
I was heading south of Tampa on Highway 19 to visit the South Florida Musuem in Bradenton when I saw brown signs stating “Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site.” I remembered reading something about this site and so I asked my almost-four year old daughter, “You wanna go to a park?” She responded, “Yeah!” so we decided to give it a look.
The Southeast is filled with the remnants of ancient Native American civilizations. One such civilization was located in Macon, Georgia at the archaeological site known as Lamar Mounds. Located six hours north of Jacksonville, the Lamar Mounds site is located on the property of the Ocmulgee National Monument, another ancient Native American civilization that predates the Lamar site […]
The 27th annual Crawfish Festival located in Woodbine, Georgia (just a short one hour drive north of Jacksonville) has wrapped up another fun-filled weekend of food, music and family fun. Taking place Friday evening and all day Saturday, the main focus of this family-friendly event was the food, crawfish prepared in two ways: etouffe and […]
Southeast Georgia is home to a host of food festivals from the Shrimp & Grits festival on Jekyll Island to the Catfish Festival in Kingsland, Georgia but probably the most unique food festival is the Crawfish Festival in Woodbine, Georgia. Held each year on the last weekend in April, this festival features the lowly crawfish […]
The Blessing of the Fleet is a three-day festival in Darien, Georgia each Spring that begins on a Friday evening with live entertainment and ends on Sunday with a blessing and sprinkling with holy water of the area’s fleet of Shrimp Boats. I decided to attend this event on the final day, Sunday, in order […]