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Fabulous Central Florida

Updated on July 23, 2018
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Florida lifestyle, decorating, and retirement are topics covered by Virginia, who shares her own experiences.


Fall in Love with Florida's Scenic Beauty, Wildlife and Attractions

I thought that Florida must be over-hyped, but then I moved there and found out for myself how fabulous Florida really is. Browse through my list of pages and see for yourself all the fun things to do and see in Florida.

Besides the many man-made attractions, the state has its natural beauty going for it and warm winter weather as well. No wonder it tops the list of vacation destinations and draws new residents like a magnet.

I'll share some of my photos of fabulous Florida for you to enjoy.

Enjoy All the Attractions

The topiary at the Disney parks is outstanding.
The topiary at the Disney parks is outstanding. | Source

Snow White and Other Disney Character Photos

It was always a treat to see the Disney characters live and in person (so to speak) when we visited the theme parks. Although I never waited in line with all the kiddies to get my picture taken, I did capture some photos with my camera and zoom.

It amazed me how a young cast member could transform with costume and a wig into a very realistic cartoon character. They did a marvelous job of casting.

No wonder that star-struck youngsters felt they were meeting the actual character. Many little girls dressed in their own costume to visit the park. Miniature Cinderellas and other princesses abounded in the crowds. How sweet they looked decked out as their favorite Disney star.

Which character would you choose if you could have your picture taken with one?


We Love Visiting Epcot for the Flower and Garden Show Each Year

Just imagine creating this topiary of Beauty and the Beast. The Disney gardeners are fabulous.
Just imagine creating this topiary of Beauty and the Beast. The Disney gardeners are fabulous. | Source

Fun Flicks about Fabulous Florida - Short videos from YouTube

I hand-picked these for your enjoyment.

Fantasy of Flight (Central Florida/Polk County)

This is a superb museum. I particularly liked the WWII bomber. As you walk inside, you hear the engine sounds and feel the vibration to get the feeling that the crew had while out on a bombing mission.

Pilots can actually take some of the planes from Fantasy of Flight up in the air. All the time while I'm out on the patio or out golfing, I hear the sound of vintage aircraft going overhead.

Gatorland (Kissimmee)

Plan to spend half a day (minimum) here. Lots to see and learn. It's not just to entertain children. I found it quite informative and the demonstrations of alligator wrestling was fun. They feed the alligators so you can watch them leap from the water for food.

There's a zipline, a train ride through the alligator infested swamps and much more to see.

We Like Taking Visitors to Gatorland

You'll find plenty of alligators and lots of birds as well. Take your camera.
You'll find plenty of alligators and lots of birds as well. Take your camera. | Source

Video of the Arabian Nights Dinner & Horse Show in Orlando

Arabian Nights Dinner/Horse Show (Kissimmee)

One of the best of the themed dinner shows in Kissimmee/Orlando area. The horses perform marvelously. We took a visitor there and the meal was tasty and the entertainment top-rate.

There are other themed dinner shows to try out as well.

The Show at Medieval Times Is Fabulous

Jousting and feats of derring-do on horseback with special lighting effects entertain you while you eat your medieval style meal. Wonderful!
Jousting and feats of derring-do on horseback with special lighting effects entertain you while you eat your medieval style meal. Wonderful! | Source

Florida Has Wonderful Animals - Photo by V. Allain

Florida Has Wonderful Animals
Florida Has Wonderful Animals

Flora and Fauna of Fabulous Florida - Learn About Plants and Animals Special to Florida

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My Photo of Florida Palm Trees


Florida - Water Everywhere

One of the first things I noticed about Florida was how much water there was. It rains more during the summer, usually a brief afternoon shower or thunderstorm. This creates a lush summer landscape with small lakes, large lakes, swamps, and rivers. This is great for the wildlife and for anyone who loves scenic views.

In developed areas, they have to dig retention ponds to accommodate the daily summer rains and the run-off from those. These provide attractive views for the residents.

The natural lakes and man-made retention ponds provide plenty of food for water birds like the limpkin shown here. Florida has the highest concentration of breeding bald eagles of any state (except for Alaska).

In addition to the pretty lakes which boaters and fisherman love, there are lots of swampy areas. At first glance, the scene below doesn't look like a water scene. It is. Look closely and you'll see it is small floating plants and in a few places you see the water.

Of course, the swamps and lakes and retention ponds provide ideal habitat for alligators. Here's one sunning itself by the lake in our retirement community.

I asked a real estate agent when we were looking at a property, "are there alligators here?" She said, "if you have water, then there are alligators."

Don't forget the rivers. In Florida, there's the mighty St John and many other rivers.

All this water makes great recreational areas in the state of Florida and plenty of scenic beauty. I didn't even include the ocean and beaches here. I'll save those for another post.

A Scenic Lake in Our Community


© 2009 Virginia Allain

Have You Been to Florida? - Tell About Your Favorite Part

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    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      5 years ago

      I'm thinking FL is in my retirement plans - somehow. I love that there's not state income tax.

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      7 years ago

      I've lived here in Florida for over 20 years, who doesn't love the plants and animals or the weather? Nice lens.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love favorite part is on the southeast coast around Jupiter. Blessed.

    • Cinnamonbite profile image


      7 years ago

      LOL, yeah, ya think? I don't do winter so I'll never move away

    • smithlights profile image


      7 years ago

      Yep. I've been to all 50! I'm a fan of the great Northwest, myself.

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      8 years ago

      You know, I am ever so thankful that I finally arrived in Florida to stay! Such an amazing state -- so much to see.

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      Louis Wery 

      8 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Fun fabulous Florida! Loved your lens about my favorite state.

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      9 years ago

      I live in South Florida, it's about the beauty and nature and beaches for me. Nice lens, 5*


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