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Flagler Museum :: Palm Beach, Florida

June 12, 2010 by  
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Once home to the famous Henry Flagler, the Flagler Museum located in Palm Beach, Florida is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also known as Whitehall, the residence was completed on February 6, 1902. The completion date was just in time for the newlyweds (Flagler and his third wife Mary Lily Kenan) to enjoy it. It also just so happened to be his wedding gift to his new wife. Flagler’s first wife, Mary Harkness, had been sickly for many years. As such, the first time he visited Florida in 1876 was to help her convalesce. He found the winter in Florida to be exhilarating. Unfortunately however his wife passed away only a few years later. After a failed second marriage, he wed Mary Lily Kenan in 1901 and each year he and his new wife would travel by his railroad and private luxury car to winter in Palm Beach at Whitehall. Read more

Butterfly World :: Coconut Creek, Florida

May 24, 2010 by  
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Butterfly World in Broward County Florida is located in Tradewinds Park in the city of Coconut Creek. Butterfly World was born out of the lifelong vision of one man, creator and founder Ronald Boedner, who to this very day is still a managing partner. Here in the ten lush acres of paradise one finds aviaries, unusual gardens and thousands upon thousands of colorful and exotic butterflies! Read more

Dry Tortugas National Park :: Florida Keys

April 20, 2010 by  
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At the end of the Florida Keys, about 70 miles west of Key West sit a small group of islands that were originally discovered by the Ponce de León in 1513. The islands and surrounding waters form the Dry Tortugas National Park, one of the most beautiful and most difficult to access parks in the United States. It can only be visited using official ferry and transportation services or private boat (We Recommend Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson Ferry). The Dry Tortugas were named during Ponce de León’s first visit due to the large Read more

Lion Country Safari :: West Palm Beach, Florida

April 9, 2010 by  
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Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, Florida is the largest and most diverse natural wildlife setting of its kind in Florida today. The park’s attractions include over 1200 different wild animals from around the world and they roam free. That is what I said, they roam free! You stay in your automobile and travel the over 4 miles of trails roaming the natural setting around them and you. Picture yourself just behind the glass of you vehicle window as ostriches, lions, zebras, giraffes, rhinos and many more different animals saunter by. The surroundings are idyllic with exotic trees and plants in abundance teeming with wild life from across the globe. Read more

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens :: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

March 16, 2010 by  
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The Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a must see for Floridians as well as tourists! So often people forget about the wonderful sites right in their own backyards. Ask how many native New Yorkers have ever been to the Empire State Building’s observation deck, or even to the Statue of Liberty? The Bonnet House is that destination for Floridians. Situated atop an ancient Tequesta Indian site, the Bonnet House land was purchased by Hugh Taylor Birch in 1895. This land was then given by Birch to his daughter Helen and her new husband, Frederick Clay Bartlett, as a wedding gift in 1919. Bartlett, an artist from Chicago, began construction on the home in 1920; the couples dream getaway. It would be his winter retreat to pursue his artwork and hers to compose her poetry and explore musical endeavors. The dream turned to tragedy soon after when in 1925 Helen died from cancer. Frederick rarely visited the homestead again until 1931, when he returned with his new wife, Evelyn Fortune Lilly. Bartlett and Lilly began anew to create a dream house rich in decoration and frills which have become unique wonders today. Read more

Bahia Honda State Park :: Florida Keys

March 7, 2010 by  
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Talk about a bang for the buck, Bahia Honda State Park is that and much more! Bahia Honda is located in the southwestern end of the keys, at mile marker 36. Enjoy the wonders of this uninhabited paradise which offers island life only 60 minutes from Miami. You get there by taking U.S. 1 (Overseas Highway) south until you get just past the Seven Mile Bridge. The entrance to Bahia Honda State Park and fun is on the left. The entrance and exit ways are clearly marked, so you can’t miss it. Bahia Honda is Spanish for deep bay, and it is indeed deep. The bay is located in the park, which was founded in 1961. Read more

Marrero’s Guest Mansion :: Key West

January 5, 2010 by  
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Only half a block away from world famous Duval Street is the bed and breakfast you’ve been waiting your whole life for. Marrero’s Guest Mansion is a stunningly charming little B & B with over a dozen well appointed and comfortable rooms to choose from. And not only do you get an incredibly gorgeous lodging, but you are in the heart of Old Florida, historic Key West! Built in 1889 by Francisco Marrero (a famous cigar maker of the time) his intent was to create something so beautiful that the love of his life (Enriquetta) could not resist but to marry him. Read more

Coopertown :: Florida Everglades

December 30, 2009 by  
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Mention Florida to most folks and they think palm trees, ocean, sun, and girls in bikinis. But head south from Miami, about eleven miles west of the Florida Turnpike and you will find yourself smack dab in the middle of the Everglades. Here lies Coopertown, population eight, home to beautiful tropical birds, amazing natural woodlands, and of course plenty of alligators. Read more

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