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How About a Quickie? First in a Series (or: Cheap is Good, Free is Better!)

Only a tank (or less) away from Tampa Bay are many place to explore, learn, see, do...for less than the cost of a weekly Starbucks coffee.  Here are some ideas:

  • The Butterfly Rainforest, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville - Alachua County:  In an overgrown patio enclosure on the campus of the University of Florida you can find, not Gators, but the second largest collection of live butterflies in the world.  Each day more species are flown in to the rearing labs, form 55 to 65 species at any given time, from as far away as Australia and Africa.  Visit the "Wall of Wings" at the entrance, a three-story display of butterflies and moths, then go inside for an interactive adventure through the rainforest itself.

Butterfly Rainforest is open all year, seven days a week except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please note: Last ticket sold 30 minutes prior to closing.

Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas

  • Webb's Citrus Candy Factory, where you can watch candy made the old-fashioned way, in Florida's oldest citrus candy factory.  Since the 1920's, the candy factory has been crafting Florida's original citrus candy, and since the seventies, bought by the Webb's of NY, combined specialty chocolates such as the now-famous Goat's Milk recipe.  Located off US 27 and State Road 547 at Davenport, this is one sweet trip!
  • Heritage Lake Tours Eco Boat Tour--"Gators and Heron...Anhinga, Oh My!"  East of the Dead River Bridge on Highway 441, where the Dead River flows into Lake Eustis you can find a slice of what Old Florida still remains, in what is touted as "the most beautiful mile of water in the world".  A popular attration for Audobon Society members, this 1.5 mile ride aboard the "Sea Haven" is an all-able accessible trip into the wilderness.  "Narrated nature tours depart daily, except Sunday, between October and May at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and between June and September at 10 a.m. Cost per person is $12.50, though specialized group tours for a minimum of 20 passengers are offered. The boat is ADA accessible and the tour is not recommended for children under 6 years old."
  • Future Farm Local Harvest - Ruskin, where the family can get up-close and personal with hydroponics.  These no-dirt grown local crops are featured at Disney's Epcot, but here you can actually pick your own, only 30 minutes from downtown Tampa.  The produce here uses one-tenth the water of trational crops, and no insecticides--21,000 plants on less than one acre of land!  Hours are Mon - Saturday 8 AM - 5:30 PM, Sundays 10:30 - 5:30.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsLoretta Buckner • July 01 2007 10:10PM

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Loretta, I was at the Butterfly forest many years ago and just loved it!  I'm sorry from reading your post I missed so many other things, especially the chocolate.  Thanks for a wonderful post, when I come back I'll know what NOT to miss.
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Hey, you really know how to get someones attention :0) With the quickie thing....

Good Job on this post....

Tom Weiss

Posted by Thomas Weiss (Thomas R. Weiss) over 12 years ago

Loretta,

Lol @ TOM!

 How cool a butterfly Forrest and candy factory, nice job with Localism! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Thank you, Carole, Tom & Sandy!  I've made it my mission to find cool & unique places to visit close by (& cheap--15 years as a single Mom made me quite frugal), and - bonus - I get to have fun making my posts attention-getting!  he he he...;-)

and if any of ya'll are in the area, you'd better let me play tour-guide!

Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) over 12 years ago

Howdy Loretta

I gave you a rating of a 5 for a very fine and helpful post.

Have a good one

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 12 years ago
thank you, Dale!  I'm still working on the next few ideas in the series--man, I'm getting tired coming up with this stuff!
Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) over 12 years ago

Everybody loves a good "quickie" ...

Great ideas!

Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) over 12 years ago

 

Great post. Share Tampa Bay with everyone! I have not taken a ride up there yet but my husband goes  for business and I 'll have to join sometime soon and check these places out. If you plan to see Miami I would be happy to do the same...

Posted by Lisa Robbins (Au Courant Home; City Living Baby) over 12 years ago

Thanks, Kelly! (how about a Chipotle quickie on my next list?!)  maybe all of the locations...hmmm...

Lisa, if I only had more time to snoop out more neat places!  My sister used to be on top of all of the obscurities, now I have to sniff them out myself...if you do come up, be sure to give me a call and we'll find someplace new!  (and I surely will take you up on Miami--I've only 'passed thru' up to now, even though I've lived in Florida over 30 years--a crime, isn't it?)

Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) over 12 years ago

 

Thanks. Yes its a crime, ha, ha. It probably would be unrecognizable - major changes happening every day. Be sure to come see:)

Posted by Lisa Robbins (Au Courant Home; City Living Baby) over 12 years ago
I will!  (mental note:  find cheap tickets to Miami...)  haha!
Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) over 12 years ago

I love these ideas - as far as hydroponics, you could actually purchase the materials to raise your own in hydroponics in the 70s - where have all those stores gone????

I may have to drive to Ruskin to poise that very question!

 thanks!!

Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 12 years ago
I know a bunch of people who'd love to or have done that--but I've also heard that hydroponically grown stuff just doesn't quite cut it for taste. What do you think?
Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) over 12 years ago

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