Nighttime Airboat Ride in Florida Everglades

Florida Everglades

Back on the bus to Fort Lauderdale, my eyes are still dry from sitting in the front of a Florida Everglades airboat. I couldn’t close my eyes; they had been peeled open for the past hour as I tried to catch a glimpse of an alligator in the pitch-black darkness of night. A ride that had started as the waning sun sat over the edge of the Florida Everglades, this had been an experience unlike a typical daytime journey into this majestic river of grass.

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In Pictures: Escape the Cold In Miami Beach

Miami Beach

I love the beach but I don’t find myself always craving a trip to the tropical sunshine like some of my friends. I am happy when I’m at a beach, any beach. But where I’m at in Tennessee right now, it’s cold. Really cold. I live in the South, where it’s not supposed to be hitting the 20s — for highs. And as I suffer through this frigid winter, I think the perfect remedy is to head to Miami Beach. I can’t be there, but I can relive past moments sitting in the sand, gazing at the perfect water and the awesome architecture of South Beach.

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Rainy Day Beach Activities With Kids


A brief pause in the storm at Panama City Beach.

Beach trips are supposed to be about sun, waves, laughter and relaxation. As a parent, I’d say it’s one of the best trips with children in tow that allows mom and dad to still have some sanity. But what happens when it rains and the whole family finds itself cooped up inside? I wasn’t on a mission to find the answer, but a recent beach trip in Florida and a monsoon of more than 20 inches of rain forced me to find out what rainy day beach activities with kids we could come up with.

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