Captured some of the fireworks at Venetian Gardens on July 4th 2014. Great place to go for fireworks!
The fireworks last about a half hour and music is played over the loud speakers. I recommend eating before you go or pack a picnic basket. We were at the park about an hour and half before the fireworks and found parking with no problem. Getting out of the park after the show was not that bad of wait.
Beautiful day for fishing and snorkeling on the Gulf of Mexico out of Crystal River Florida. Water was really calm and the storms kept away for the most part. Caught some Sea Trout, Catfish, and Shark. We brought in almost two gallons of scallops on this day. We saw a huge turtle swim by our boat with about five large sucker fish attached to it's shell. What I love about going fishing in the Gulf is all the wildlife that we come across. There is always something new to see each time we go out. Last scallop trip I found a good size seahorse to marvel at and wish I had my camera with me.
What I love about living in Florida is that I can drive 1.5 to 4.5 hours away and be on a cruise ship to the Caribbean. One of the snorkeling tours we took on the island of Roatan was to Fantasy Island. My husband and I have snorkeled in many places in the Caribbean and this has to be my favorite reef. The reef is accessible by boat only. If you're looking for some great snorkeling right of the beach Tabyana Beach in Roatan is the place to go. The banner picture on my home page is an underwater shot of the reef in Tabyana Beach at http://www.OcalaFLHome.com.
My background picture on my website is from the reef at Fantasy Island.
Blue Springs State Park in Orange City Florida is a great place to take the family. During the winter months the manatee and tilapia are in abundance along the spring waters. When we were at the park the manatee count was 350. The park is opened 365 days a year with a small entrance fee. There is a one-third mile boardwalk that follows the spring, bathrooms, shop, and food at the park. In the summer you are allowed to swim in the spring and tube down it.