While we realize that not everyone who reads The Florida Fun Zone might be Christian, we are - and unashamedly so. That is why we pray before, during and after our trips.    For instance, many times we pray that The Lord will direct our path and take us to the right place at the right time. That He...
   From classics like Key Largo, Easy to Love and Kid Galahad - to more recent offerings like The Longest Yard, Scarface and Wrestling Earnest Hemingway there's been more than 160 major motion pictures filmed in Florida.    Melbourne's Mike Noga compiled the list of these films for the internet site Imdb. Originally  from Southern Tasmania, Australia Noga relocated to...
  As I was growing up, our idea of going on vacation was to blast as hard as we could to get to our destination, in an effort to spend as much time there as possible, then get in the turnpike and blast home in time to be back at work or school.     However, as I have gotten...
   The summer travel season is now over, yet many Floridians are not ready to put their luggage away.  A new AAA Consumer Pulse Survey reveals nearly three-quarters of Florida residents will take at least one vacation sometime from September through November.    “There are many advantages to a fall vacation,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA –...
  Have you ever been Glamping? Do you even know what it is? The word actually is a contraction of "glamour" and "camping." It describes a style of outdoor accommodations with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with "traditional" camping as we know it.   It's a lot more than hiking to a destination, pitching a...
To be honest, we've never been big on taking guided tours as we wend our way through the Sunshine State. However, recently we have become aware of a group in central Florida that might change our minds.   Ingeniously dubbed "Mosquito County Tours," it's the brainchild of Mandy Longo.   About a decade ago, she began taking walking tours hosted by...
   Officials of the American Automobile Associations say a new study shows that American workers took an average of 17.2 days of vacation last year. According to new research from Project: Time Off that shows a half-day increase from 2016. This marks the highest level for American vacation usage since 2010  when we took an average of 17.5 days...
  When it comes to Easter, we love a good sunrise service. We have attended the Bok Tower event and gone to a small service at Lake Clinch in Frostproof but this year as a treat to the Missus we drove to the east coast and watched the sun come up Easter Morning over the Atlantic.  It took a...
   For those who like to go shooting, a new state of the art facility has opened in Okeechobee. Called Center Mass Gun Range, it is located right downtown and is billed as Okeechobee's Premiere Indoor Live Fire Shooting Range with 8 Climate Controlled Shooting Lanes and Law Enforcement Simulators.   This place could set a record for most-quickly becoming...
    Officials from the AAA say every year Half of Floridians fail to use all their time off, creating a stockpile of 33 million unused vacation days.  A study by the AAA, in collaboration with Project: Time Off, says the most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning.  Yet only 54 percent of American...

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