Episode 17 – Go Off the Beaten Path in Florida

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If you truly want to experience Florida, The Sunshine State, you need to travel off-the-beaten-path. The best experiences happen in these least expected places. Small towns are a great starting point. No matter where you are heading in Florida, search for the off-the-beaten-path gems.

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Product and Locations Mentions

Florida Cavern State Park offers a rare look at caverns of stalagtites and stalagmites in rooms of stunning caves. It is such a unique place and more than worth a visit.

Shop for Antique Treasures in Mount Dora, an historic town in Florida. Make a day or a weekend getaway!

Bulow Plantation Ruins is where the ruins of what was the largest antebellum plantation in east Forida with a sugar mill built of coquina.

Bok Tower Gardens is one of the most unique locations with its historic expansive gardens, historic buildings, breath-taking views, a singing tower, and 1930’s Mediterrainian mansion. It’s a place to visit over and over.

Whimzeyland is the definition of quirky. A local landmark, Whimseyland is a home decorated in plexiglas sculptures, paintings, bottle trees, recycled material sculptures, and, oddly enough, bowling balls. 

Prison Animal Farm claims to be the only prison-run animal farm in the U.S. It touts some exotic animals all cared for by good-bahaving prisoners.

Lion Country Drive-Thru Safari situated on 600 acres with diverse wildlife, this drive-thru safari transports you to an African safari where some of the largest herds of zebra, rhino, and giraffe on record in the country roam free.

Weeki Wachee Mermaid shows an old florida town at its best, Weeki Wachee has live mermaids in an underwater theater.

Gatorland because where else can you wrestle a gator! Gatorland offers a well-rounded adventure with educational experiences as well as ziplining and splash park.

Spook Hill where you car and roll uphill…ghosts anyone?

Bob Ross Museum The Workshop hosts a large collection of Bob’s original oil paintings, many of which visitors will recognize from his Public Television series, “The Joy of Painting”. The Workshop offers classes in the Bob Ross unique style of oil painting.

The Bubble Room is a hidden gem restaurant from 1979 decorated with toys from 1930s and 40s.

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Florida Product of the Week

This week’s Featured product has been around for 30 years, creating confections, candies, and assorted treats with a Florida flavor. Do you know those roadside stops that sell typical confections and treats? It’s most likely from Anastasia Confections

Anastasia Confections is mostly known for these coconut patties.

The coconut patties are available in several different flavors, like key lime, rum, and pina colada. The patties are made with smooth shredded coconut filling which is then dipped in a rich dark chocolate coating. Enjoy them right out of the package, or for a warm-weather treat, put them in the freezer for ten minutes or so for a nice coconut chill!

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