For the Love of Florida…Early Tourist Attractions

For the Love of Florida Early Attractions #WildFlorida #FPEA #PodcastFor the Love of Florida…Early Tourist Attractions

Podcast #65

We thought it would be fun to have a love theme for our February podcasts…..so today the topic is……FOR the LOVE of Florida!

Yes, Florida is beautiful……and I could just camp out right here. We live in a fabulous place. You know, since we’ve been doing these podcasts, one of the things that we have seen over and over again, is that some of the most popular episodes are the ones that focus on field trips or just great excursions to take around the state. So, I don’t think I’m alone in my admiration for all things Florida…the wild side, the history, the small town, the big, the famous….whatever it is….we Floridians enjoy sharing and experiencing it, apparently together.

So we’ve picked a couple of new places to explore together. With an underlying focus on the development of tourism in our state too. For you and for me it is hard to imagine a Florida that wasn’t a tourist destination. I mean now it is a challenge to find any small place in Florida that hasn’t been touched by tourism and/or the imprint of people who have vacation homes or retirement homes here. But….there was a time that Florida was a wild frontier and not heavily populated or developed….and then paradise was found. So I wanted to just share some fun facts about some of those places that began to draw visitors and vacationers in….and what those places were like then AND what they look like now.

First…..I should state what may appear to be the obvious…..but Florida was originally a destination that drew wealthy and famous people, people who could afford the time to travel and vacation here. This was, of course, before the invention of some of our common modes of transportation but one man who had discovered Florida and the virtual paradise that it is, was Henry Flagler.  Flagler loved Florida so much that he decided, in the 1880s, to begin investing in building he built railroads and hotels, and hotels along the railroads. With the expansion of the railroad systems, more people could travel to the sunshine state. By the early 1900s, thousands of tourists came to visit. Those tourists were drawn, of course, to the natural beauty, the warmth and sunshine, the salt air and a climate that would bring healing from illness and disease…..soon, there were winter homes being built by those who could afford it….and they would live here for months at a time.

The invention of the automobile opened the opportunity for more affordable travel and people continued to come.

During these years, the attractions were simply natural…..the white sand beaches, the Wild of the Everglades, the coral reefs, the Florida Keys……boating, swimming, fishing, hiking….relaxing, sunbathing…..

It wasn’t long before Flagler started investing in building Florida, that a man by the name of Hullam Jones, invented the glass bottom boat. In the bottom of a row boat, jones installed a pane of glass and charged people 5 cents a piece to ferry them above the crystal clear Silver Springs. Voila…our first tourist attraction is born. Silver Springs features one of the largest artesian springs in the world. It became famous for its glass bottom boat rides which you can still enjoy today. In 1971, Silver Springs as a National Natural Landmark. Definitely worth a visit.

So it is, we begin to move into a season of building attractions that embrace wild Florida…..the springs, the alligators and the flora….as people begin to build beautiful gardens that will become some of the most famous Florida roadside attractions.

Bok Tower Gardens is a prime example. Dedicated in 1929 in Lake Wales, it was one of Florida’s first major attractions during that era. People would drive long distances to see the gardens, the tower and to hear the tower sing. Edward Bok, editor of Ladies Home Journal, built the gardens. The tower was actually built to cover the irrigation system that would water the gardens. There is a 200 bell carillon that plays music in the gardens each afternoon. This is honestly one of the most beautiful and peaceful places.

Weeki Wachee Springs…this old Florida attraction brought international attention…..why?? Well, because of the live, underwater mermaid shows, of course……believe it or not….you can still visit the original attraction where the mermaids are still swimming along with other shows, entertainment and activities. It has now been designated a state park. Sounds like a good day of fun….right?

Cypress Gardens is one of my all time favorites. It was in Winter Haven. It was really the states first theme park (1936). It’s well known for a couple of things…..first of all, an amazing array of flowers and gardens. Girls that wore antebellum-style dresses and walked around, you know, southern belles, we called them, who would pose for pictures. Cypress Gardens was also the birthplace of performance water skiing. The man who opened it, Dick Pope, during WWII, introduced the water ski shows to entertain troops who visited the gardens. Even though tourism was a bit stifled during the war, the military played a role in continuing to bring people into Florida. Cypress Gardens basically became the water ski capitol of the world. The park closed in 2008. In 2010 the land was acquired with plans to turn it into legoland. Legoland opened in 2011.

Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg was built in 1935. The gardens are 100 years old so it is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Built in an ancient drained lake, it was the perfect place for the owner, George Turner, to enjoy his favorite pastime, gardening. The beautiful gardens he built became a real treat to his neighbors and they would spend hours strolling through them….so eventually, he began charging 5 cents for tours. So it became a destination….the family later purchased the building that is now the housing the ticket office and a children’s museum, it was previously the Coca Cola bottling company, but they purchased it to build worlds largest gift shop and a wax museum. It is a great afternoon/Saturday morning excursion, a beautiful botanical garden with several water features and flamingos.

Another neat little old Florida day trip is Winter Park. This is one of the cities that was developed as a winter resort for wealthy northerners, seeking warmth from the harsh winters. It’s just north of Orlando, so in a very over developed part of the state, but it is like stepping back in time a bit when you visit. The men who developed it did so with a great design that included residential communities and business, a large Central Park in the downtown area. Rollins college, which is still there, was built and winter park developed a bit of a reputation as an art and literary colony of sorts. It was, and still is a gorgeous area, surrounded by several lakes and of course, citrus. It was a little slice of paradise. There were beautiful homes built on the lakes and the lakes are connected by little canal systems. Hence one of the oldest attractions, the winter park scenic boat tour…. opened in the 1930s and is still operating today. Also, a throw back to that art colony, we always visit the Morse Museum of American Art which houses the worlds largest collection of Tiffany glass, plus other beautiful art.

Another great excursions farther south that had some early tourist beginnings are the Theatre of the Sea (1946) which is in the Keys….Islamorada to be exact. It is a marine mammal park with dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, tropical gardens and birds. It’s family owned, beautiful to explore. Plan on visiting it this summer if you and your family decide to join us for our FPEA fun in the sun Florida Keys trip.

Miami Seaquarium…built in the height of the 1950s when families were hitting the road and enjoying these attractions. At the time, it was the worlds largest marine life attraction and quite popular. Then in the 1960s it actually became one of the primary locations where they filmed the TV show Flipper.  The Seaquarium is still a fully functioning park with great options for wildlife experiences. It’s a neat experience and they still play with those bottle nose dolphins.

So there you have it……for the love of Florida….get out there and enjoy some of these places with your family.  Let’s keep them on the map for the generations to come because they truly are a tribute to establishing Florida as the tourist destination that we see today with the more recent theme parks.

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WILD FLORIDA SPOTLIGHT: Ybor City

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WILD FLORIDA SPOTLIGHT: YBOR CITY

Podcast #64

Travel with us to Ybor City!  Learn about the history and culture of this unique city.

In this podcast, Suzanne gives us a brief history and what it’s like today, it’s cultural significance and how it to came to be. What influenced the city that we see today? Take a look at the economic and cultural impact this city has on the West Coast of Florida. Explore Ybor today with your family and take a step back in time.

Here are some ways to explore Ybor City https://yborcityonline.com/explore/

 

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Ybor Story from Ybor.org

Ybor City holds a unique place in Florida’s social and economical history as our state’s “first industrial town.” The founding of this community in 1886 was based on what turned out to be a very shrewd “business decision” by Don Vicente Martinez-Ybor to move his cigar factory from Key West to Tampa. This was at a time when points south were literally “Indian Territory.”

Tampa’s city elders offered low-cost land, “the incentive of the day,” to Don Vicente. He built his factory, which was at that time, the largest brick structure in Florida. Other cigar-makers followed, building their own factories. Immigrants from Spain, Cuba and Sicily came to work in them and Romanian merchants opened stores to serve the community. As the industry matured, German lithographers brought the latest in printing and engraving technology to Ybor and a whole new commercial art form, the cigar label, was born.

Ybor city is not only a great example of turn-of-the-century capitalism, but also of organized labor – and this in what has always been a “right to work” state. The Labor Temple was an integral part of the industrial infrastructure. This moderate form of collectivism was not limited to just work, but formed the basis for the social clubs that offer mutual aide and a rich social life.

Ybor’s social clubs provided “cradle to grave healthcare” at a time when the HMO was not even on the drawing board. These mutual aid societies provide a home base for each ethnic group and with their cantinas, theatres and ballrooms, a range of social activities that were more sophisticated than the general environment.

Rather than trap the workers “beholden to the company store,” Ybor and many of his fellow entrepreneurs encouraged cigar rollers to own their own casitas or “little houses.” This allowed skilled, hard-working people to build equity in their homes and gave them a growing piece of the “American Dream.” The children and grandchildren of these Tampanians are successful professionals, business owners and community leaders.

What is so fascinating about Ybor City is that the buildings and architecture are still here and tell a story. The sturdy cigar factories, elegant social clubs, quaint casitas and balconied storefronts are preserved and in productive use today – giving another generation “roots and wings.” Why even the “art of the label” foreshadowed Ybor City’s modern roll as a center for high-tech creativity.

Read more at  http://ybor.org/ybor-story/

 

Best Weekend Ever FPEA 2019 Convention

Best Weekend Ever FPEA 2019 Convention

#FPEA2019Convention #WildFloridaLiveFree

FPEA 2019 Conference Join us for your BEST WEEKEND EVER! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastPodcast #63

FPEA 2019 Conference Join us for your BEST WEEKEND EVER! There are so many reasons to attend FPEA’s annual homeschool convention. Listen in, as we tell you all about our upcoming convention. What’s new? Why should you attend!  Our convention offers more than you will find ANYWHERE else!

The Premier Event for Homeschool Families

May 23-25, 2019

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Make your plans now to join us in Orlando in May. This is the biggest and BEST homeschool convention in the nation. There is something for everyone–great workshops, exciting events, a huge vendor hall and plenty of opportunities for fellowship!

And, YES!, we are moving–this year the Convention will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort! It is a beautiful golf resort with four pools and tons of outdoor space for your family.

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Wild Florida Spotlight: Citrus

Wild Florida Spotlight: Citrus

Podcast #62

“Little Orange Bird, in the sunshine tree, won’t you think of something sunny just for me? Think a funny thought or a sunny word, that will make me happy, Little Orange Bird.” These words to the Orange Bird song, always make me think sunny thoughts and remember the days of my childhood when the Florida citrus industry seemed to jump out at every turn. Back then, we lived in South Florida, and no matter where we traveled, we could be sure that to get there we would pass acres and acres of orange groves, numerous roadside stands selling oranges and grapefruit, and samples of oranges and orange juice were everywhere. Even at the Magic Kingdom, you could visit the Sunshine Tree Terrace and be reminded that you were in Florida, surrounded by beautiful citrus. No matter where you were in Florida, there were hints to Florida citrus. The citrus industry in our Sunshine State is full of interesting twists and turns, much more than we could cover here but I wanted to share just a glimpse of the story of how this golden fruit became so important to Florida.

The Florida Citrus Industry

Throughout history, the fruit of the citrus tree has been held in high importance. Citrus fruit has symbolized good things in many cultures; fruitfulness, happiness, love – in Ancient Greece and Rome it was even considered a primary food for the gods. So, the story of citrus stretches far back in history – well beyond the history of Florida citrus. We are going to talk, however, about the importance of the citrus industry in our beloved state… READ MORE IN THE FLORIDA HISTORY ADVENTURES+ BUNDLES

Places to visit:

Indian River Citrus Museum

2140 14th Ave.
Vero Beach, FL  32960

 

Winter Garden Heritage Museum

21 E. Plant St.
Winter Garden, FL  34787

 

 

Citrus Museum – Eustis Historical Museum
536 N. Bay St.
Eustis, FL  32726

Davidson of Dundee – Citrus Candy Factory
28421 US-27
Dundee, FL  33838

Florida Citrus Tower
141 US-27
Clermont, FL  34711

 

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Reclaim Thanksgiving

Reclaim ThanksgivingReclaim Thanksgiving

Podcast #61

Where did Thanksgiving go? Too often, Thanksgiving gets skipped right over. October 31st – Halloween – November 1st Christmas! Let’s reclaim Thanksgiving and learn about what makes this holiday so special. Take time to enjoy this holiday with your family. Reclaim some of your childhood family traditions. Create some new traditions with your children. Study the story of pilgrims and their journey to America. Don’t miss out on this special time to celebrate family and heritage.

Some Thanksgiving traditions:

Traditional foods.

Of course Thanksgiving today revolves largely around the Thanksgiving Day meal. Traditional foods include turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, lima beans, mashed potatoes, corn and cranberry sauce. Many people serve pie for dessert at the end of the meal. Popular pie flavors are pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, and apple.

The Wishbone.
Some families include breaking the turkey’s wishbone as part of their celebration. The wishbone is found attached to the breast meat in the turkey’s chest. After the meat has been removed and the wishbone has had a chance to become dry and brittle, two people each take one end of the bone, make a wish, and pull. Whoever ends up with the larger part of the bone gets their wish!

After the Meal Traditions

TV – Macy’s Parade, Dog Show

Football, or other outdoor activities

Turkey Trot 5k

Games or puzzles

NAPS!!! Of course, a lot of people enjoy a Thanksgiving nap!

Newspaper sale ads – checking out the Black Friday Sales…

 

See great ideas for your Thanksgiving and Fall season on our Fall Pinterest Board here

Fall Recipe Board

You can see a little history of the beginnings and evolution of the American Thanksgiving holiday here

BOOKS TO READ:

Cranberry Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in the Woods

Milly and the Macy’s Parade

 

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Wild Florida Spotlight: Clewiston

Wild Florida Spotlight: ClewistonWild Florida Spotlight: Clewiston

Podcast #60

FPEA has developed Florida History Adventures+ Bundles in an effort to bring the study of Florida History (plus other exciting studies) right to your inbox. Through this new monthly bundle, FPEA members will have access to Florida History, Science, Geography, and Literature in the form of unique unit studies developed just for you. Each monthly bundle will focus on a topic that has played a significant role in the state we all love and call home, Florida. No two bundles will look exactly alike. Some bundles will include Science unit studies to complement the topic, others may include Geography or Literature, or it may have a little bit of everything. You will also receive special extras like recipes to make at home, craft ideas or great ideas for a field trip to enhance your study.

We thought of another great idea too! We’ll all be working on these same fun unit studies at home, why not make some time to get together and enjoy some adventure with each other? So, we will be hosting some special FPEA Field Trip Days. For these little excursions, you will want to bring along your Road Trip Tracker, which will be included in your first bundle. This will give you a special place to keep track of your Florida excursions.

In this episode, we will SPOTLIGHT: Clewiston

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Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

Podcast #59

It’s Fall! Time to look at a Fall Bucket List. This is a favorite season is to get outside and explore. Find some great Fall crafts, and participate in many community events. We discuss some of these things and give you some ideas to get your Fall bucket list started. Let’s look at some ideas for little ones and the whole family!

  • Apple picking
  • Game Night
  • Fall Festivals
  • Community Farms
  • Cooking Fall foods
  • Hay Rides
  • Church events
  • and more!

Enjoy seasonal scents in your home or school room? Do you use a diffuser or simmer pot? Here are some essential oils recommended for the Fall season

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove Oil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sweet Orange
  • Citrus oils
  • Pine Oil
  • Ginger
  • Cedarwood
  • Sandalwood
  • Clove
  • Frankincense

 

Find great Fall blend ideas here

Essential Oils Blends Perfect for Fall

Fall Diffuser Essential Oil Blends

How to use essential oils to create amazing fall scent recipes for your home

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Books we mentioned on our show:

How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World

The Bernstein Bears and the Prize Pumpkin

Apples, Apples Everywhere

 

The Berenstein Bears Harvest Festival

 

 

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Incorporating Life Skills

Incorporating Life Skills

Podcast #58

In this epidsoce, we discuss incorporating life skills into your homeschool day. It is so important to pass on those life skills to our children. Homeschoolers have a unique opportunity to learn life skills in the home on a daily basis. Incorporating those lessons throughout the day in your homeschool lessons, will help your children be better prepared for adult life.

Some topics we discussed:

  • Time Management
  • Car maintenance
  • Sewing
  • Cooking
  • Personal Finance
  • Meal Planning
  • Grocery Shopping
  • and more!

 

Books we mentioned on our show:

Clean My Space by Melissa Maker

The Organized Homeschool Life: A Week-By-Week Guide to Homeschool Sanity by Dr. Melanie Wilson


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Our Morning Time Basket

Morning Time Basket

Morning Time Basket|Our Morning Routine

Our Morning Time Basket

Podcast #57

We look at using a morning time basket in our homeschool routine. What is a morning time basket? How is it used and why?

We have lots of morning time pins on our Pinterest board here

 

Books we mentioned on our show:

Piecing Together The High School Puzzle by Joanne Mastronicola

Celebrate High School: Finish with Excellence by Cheryl Bastian

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Introducing: FPEA’s Florida History Adventure+ Bundles

Florida History Adventure BundlesIntroducing: FPEA’s Florida History Adventure+ Bundles

Podcast #56

Homeschooling in Florida? Don’t forget to include Florida History as part of your students curriculum. This may not be so easy! Until now! We are SUPER excited to offer our NEW Florida History Adventure+ Bundles! This episode we will go over some of the details you can look forward to with these Florida History Adventure+ Bundles.

Join us over the next 12 months and learn so much more about the state you live in. We will cover Florida History, but so much more. While these bundles will satisfy your your Florida History credit, these bundles will not just cover History, but will include so much more. Get out and explore some of the excursions we will have listed in the bundles. Science and Literature will be part of some of these bundles. These will be rich with information and many things for all ages to learn and do.

These bundles will include many different items for both young and older students! This bundle will fulfill your Florida History credit. We are making this awesome bundle available FREE to members! There will be a new bundle available each month.

Things you can expect to see in our bundles:

  • Florida History
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Craft/Project Ideas
  • Vocabulary
  • Excursions
  • Field trips
  • and so much more!

Each bundle will feature a related Florida field trip and local excursion suggestions. Some of these field trips will be FPEA excursions! And we hope you will join us. Some of the excursions will be suggested places to visit in Florida and in your local area.

We will also include a Road trip Tracker! Complete 7 of the field trips and there will be a special surprise for you at the 2019 Convention! Watch for more details on this later!

Join us this September in Sanibel Island for both fun and learning. Make a stay-cation of of this FPEA STEM Conference. Sanibel is a beautiful area with lots to explore. Learn more at www.FPEA.com/events

 

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