“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.
“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.
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 […]
I awoke early on the day before Easter with just one thought on my mind: I’ve got to buy my daughter an Easter basket! Being three years old she has really started getting into the excitement of the holidays and today was extra special. Today was the annual Easter Egg Stroll on beautiful Jekyll Island, […]
Watch our video slideshow of photos taken during Christmas 2011 in Savannah, Georgia. If you would like to create a video slideshow of your own photos click here. There is never a bad time to visit Savannah, Georgia but December offers the best bang for the buck. First, unlike the hot, muggy summers, December in Savannah […]
November is Native American Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate than to visit one of the many sites in Georgia where Native American history is preserved and presented to the public? Here’s a list of the top ten Native American sites in Georgia: Ocmulgee Mounds: Located near Macon, this large mound group features […]
This vista over the beautiful salt marsh is just one of the surprises awaiting you at Crooked River State Park in St. Marys, Georgia. Crooked River State Park, located in St. Mary’s, Georgia, is a nature lover’s paradise and the perfect place to spend a few hours walking. Home to a variety of diverse habitats […]
This article continues our exploration of Macon, Georgia with a visit to the Brown’s Mount site to help solve the mystery of Georgia’s Native Americans. Around 900 AD, Georgia’s Creek Indians constructed a series of towns consisting of enormous earthen pyramids, the largest of which were the lost cities of Ocmulgee and Etowah. So far in this series of articles we’ve visited two […]