Lee Rosenkranz, CTC (Certified Travel Counselor and International Tour Guide) presents Florida, 200 Daytrips you might not know exist.
Let’s travel around the State Virtually by slides, film, literature, poetry and storytelling. Whether you’re a Florida Cracker Born and Bred, moved from another State or just visiting for a few months this winter, you’re guaranteed to learn something new. Some of the destinations will be featured in corresponding field trips.
Lee Rosenkranz, CTC is a second generation travel agent and International Tour Guide. He is a travel writer, travel teacher, travel lecturer and has hosted the Travelin’ Man Radio Shows in both Central and South Florida. Lee currently operates Florida Greeters and the Dayaway Travel Club. He is a CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) which is designated for professional training through the Institute for Certified Travel Agents Florida Greeters is a Visit USA inbound tour operation and the Dayaway Travel Club uses the slogan “if you’ve got a hobby we’ve got a tour”. The travel agency, Florida Greeters has twice been voted the best in Brevard by the readers of Florida Today. The tour company division of Florida Greeters was the only tour operator listed in the United States on the official 2008 China Olympics web site for ticket purchases.
Links to articles: http://greenbrevard.com/balance/forever-florida.html http://greenbrevard.com/nature/storm-guilt.html
200 Florida Daytrips you may not know exist! Tuesdays 10am January through March
Self Introductions (Where have you lived and what was your favorite trip or the jorney you’re most interested in doing in this lifetime?) What is your most unforgettable travel moment?
19 trips that could change your perspective of Florida
Florida’s Fairchild Gardens is home to the largest variety of Palm Trees in the World
Florida Southern College is home to the largest Public display of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture
Florida’s Cummer Museum on the St. John’s River is home to the largest collection of Meisen Glass outside of Dresden, Germany
Florida’s Edison Home has on its’ property the third largest Banyan Tree in the World
Florida’s Butterfly World hosts the World’s Largest Collection of Butterflies
Fantasy of Flight is home to the world’s greatest collection of vintage aircraft. Historic, awe-inspiring time machines – flown every day.
Florida has the River of Glass known as the Everglades Florida Cuisine has evolved into a fusion of Culinary flavors from Latin America, The Caribbean and the Old South blended into a unique style known as Floribean.
Florida has the largest number of fresh water Springs anywhere including Ginnie Springs which Jacques Cousteau once was quoted as describing it as “Visibility Forever” However it may not be so because of how the waters have been misused and abused. We’ll study the situation.
Florida is home to the largest Living Coral Reef formation in the United States
Florida’s Morikami Japanese Gardens is said to be the largest Public display of Japanese Gardens and Cultural displays outside of Japan.
Florida’s Greek Sponge Diving Community is still alive in Tarpon Springs
Florida’s Cigar Industry started “Have a Tampa” in the Ybor City section of Tampa
Florida has the World’s Largest Collection of Salvador Dali Art in St. Pete.
Florida has the largest theme park collection at Walt Disney World
Florida has the largest collection of Tiffany Glass at the Morse Gallery in Winter Park!
8,462 miles of Florida coastline make up the longest tidal coast of any State in the contiguous United States
The St. Johns River is the third longest that runs in a northerly direction
Miami is home to the World’s largest cruise port
Chalks Flying Service in Miami is the World’s oldest airline
Films for class viewing are related to the upcoming SAIL daytrip fundraiser to Winter Park and will include Louis Comfort Tiffany Remembered, A Vision of Beauty, The Tiffany Chapel, A Masterpiece Rediscovered and A Legacy for the Community.
These are some of the places we will be learning about in the class 200 Florida Daytrips you might not know exist.
Ranches and Farms:
Forever Florida, Ocala Foxtrotter Ranch Flatwoods Adventures Odessa Big Oaks Ranch Oveido Babcock Wilderness Punta Gorda Safari Wilderness Lakeland Florida Agricultural Museum Flagler County Dudley Farm near Gainesville
Atlantic Center for the Arts New Smyrna Beach Norton Gallery Palm Beach Edna Hibel Juno/Palm Beach Orlando Museum of Art Florida International Museum Salvador Dali St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts HARN Museum of Art University of Florida Gainesville Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Jacksonville John Ringling’s Venetian Vernacular Ca dZan Sarasota Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art Appelton Museum Ocala Lowe Art Museum University of Miami Maitland Art Center
Historic Homes and Mansions: Bonnet Place Artists Heaven Fort Lauderdale Gamble Mansion Bradenton Viscaya Home and Gardens Miami John Ringling Home Sarasota Antebellum Bronson-Mulholland House Palatka and Ravine Gardens Deland House on Stetson University Kingsley Plantation Jacksonville Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home The Barnacle Coconut Grove Henry Flagler’s Whitehall Mansion Palm Beach Thomas Edison Home Fort Myers Henry B. Plant Museum University of Tampa and Ybor City Hemingway and Audubon House Key West The House of Presidents Clermont Pritchard House Titusville
Annual Festivals and Events: Space Coast Birding Festival January Blue Springs Manatee Festival January Battle of Olustee Civil War Reenactment February Japanese Hatsume Festival Morikami Park March Universal Studios Mardi Gras February/March Winter Park Art Festival March Plant City Strawberry Festival March Azalea Festival Palatka March Renaissance Festival Coconut Creek Feb./Mar EPCOT International Flower Expo April/May Shakespeare Festival Lake Eola Amphitheater April Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival May Zellwood Corn Festival May (Stopped after 30+ years) Blueberry Festival May Brooksville Blueberry Festival May Citra near Micanopy Florida Folk Festival on the Suwanee River May (Memorial Day Weekend) Lake Placid Caladium Festival August Pioneer Festival Dade City Labor Day Southern Womens Show Orlando October Florida Black Bear Festival Umatilla October Mount Dora Craft Festival October The Old Hyde Park Village Art Festival Tampa February and November Festival of the Masters Buena Vista November
Shopping Tours: The Gardens Palm Beach November Sawgrass Mills Worlds Largest Outlet Mall Fort Lauderdale November Webster Flea Market Mondays Only Millenia Mall in Orlando and IKEA Swedish Department Store The Barn and Stables Crafts and Antiques in Lake Alfred
Annual Holiday Tours: Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner at the Mission Inn and a Cruise on Lake Harris on the 1930's restored Yacht La Reina, Howey in the Hills Christmas House Village Brooksville and Tarpon Springs Chalet Suzanne, Bok Towers and Christmas at Pinewood Estate A Cracker Christmas at Fort Christmas Light up Mount Dora St. Augustine Nights of Lights Cypress Gardens Legoland MGM Studios Osborne Family Lights Silver Springs Christmas Dinner and Lights Grand Floridian High Tea and Disney Hotel Tour Hotel Lobby Tour Peabody Ducks, Hyatt Grand Cypress, Gelato at the Portofino and Lunch at Opryland Gaylord Palms
Nature and Boat Tours:
Big Cypress Seminole Indian Village Swamp Buggy Tours Fairchild Tropical Gardens Miami Flamingo Gardens Fort Lauderdale Blue Springs, Thursby House, Manatees and Boat Rides Pelican Island Boat Ride and Lunch at Old Florida Cracker Restaurant Rivership Romance, Antique Shops and Sanford Museum Silver Springs Legoland at Cypress Gardens Homossasa Springs and Crystal River Washington Oaks Rose Garden and Fort Matanzas Island by boat! Nature Tours Boat Ride Titusville Marina and Lunch at Dixie Crossroads Mounts Garden and Norton Sculpture Gardens Palm Beach Blowing Rocks Preserve & Jupiter Island Boat Ride Oceanographic Institute and Indian River Boat Ride Selby Orchid Gardens and Texaco Heiress Home Sarasota Morikami Japanese Gardens and International Orchid Gardens Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Gainesville Harry P Leu House and Gardens (Orlando) and World of Orchids, Kissimmee Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and Enchanted Forest Mckee Jungle Gardens Heathcote Gardens Miami Parrot Jungle Gardens Cummer Museum and Gardens on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville
Theaters and Dinner Shows: La Nouba at Cirque Du Soleil Seaside Musical Theater Daytona Beach Riverside Theater Vero Beach Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater Orlando Alhambra Dinner Theater Jacksonville Melbourne Civic Theater Golden Apple Dinner Theater Sarasota Orlando Dinner Shows: Medieval Times Dinner Show Pirates Dinner Show Capones Titanic Treasure Tavern Variety and Comedy Dinner Show
Top ten scenic attractions in Florida: Ravine State Gardens in Palatka The View from the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Tubing down the Itchnetuknee River crossing the Santa Fe near Fort White, The Dora Canal Cruise Tram Ride at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami The merging of two rivers and a Railroad Bridge at the Suwanee River State Park The old Flagler Bridge at Bahia Honda which mean deap waters The Texaco Heiress Home and Selby Orchid Gardens in Sarasota South Seas Plantation at Capitva Island and J Ding Darling Birding Park on nearby Sanibel Bok Tower Sanctuary at Lake Wales
Cypress Gardens now Legoland at Cypress Gardens Washington Oaks Rose Garden Camelia section at Leu Gardens Canoe Ride on Junipur Springs in the Ocala National Forest The Chihuly Glass Ceiling in West Palm Beach Silver Springs
Top ten homes
Viscaya in Miami Ringling in Sarasota Edison/Ford in Fort Myers The Pinewood Estate in Lake Wales The Cummer Estate in Jacksonville (now a museum) The Herlong Mansion in Micanopy (now a B&B) Wakula Estate at Wakula Springs (now a restaurant) Flaglers Whitehall Mansion (The Taj Mahal of the South) The Leu House in Orlando The Casements in Ormond Beach (Rockefeller Estate now a museum) The Stetson Mansion in Deland