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11 Hidden Adventures for Your Travel Florida Bucket List

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Who would not want a fabulous getaway to Florida? Florida is not just any other state; its hidden adventures can entice the inner fantasies in you. Every year Florida has a fresh start of its surprises that need to be unleashed. Traveling to Florida is always an occasion for new meetings, adventures, and discoveries. That said, here are 11 hidden adventures for your travel Florida Bucket List. Let the adventures begin!

  1.    Shell Key

At Naples’ Goodland Marina, you can board a boat wherein you can embark on Florida’s best shelling experiences. Inhale salt air underneath clear blue skies where you can dance with the magnificent dolphins. A popular spot you can head for is called “Shell Key.”

It is located in Ten Thousand Islands whereby there are shell layers which unleash prized rarities like the Junonia.

  1. Miami city

Every great adventure in Florida starts in Miami. This city is all about fun, art, celebrities, fabulous houses and the beautiful waters. There is one perfect way to explore Miami – yacht rentals and going out with your squad.

The opportunity to have water experience comes no better than this because Miami is just the place to be, to enjoy, to explore, to melt in. You can just relax or even do celebrations with the Yacht Charters in the Miami. Biscayne Bay is also a perfect place to be because the waters are good for snorkeling.

  1.  Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

The system of Florida State Park purchased “Shangri-la” whereby Gilchrist Blue Springs gives off 55 million water gallons daily which flows to Santa Fe River. You get to swim after jumping from a wooden platform into crystal water.

If you are coming with your family, you can have a picnic underneath sprawling oaks. You can also go for kayaking and board paddling. If you want a plain simple trip, you can even stroll around to the Santa Fe River on a wooden boardwalk.

  1. Caracara

If you are an avid or casual birder, then Caracara is the place for you. The birding experience is just worth it.

Get all the birding experience you can want to have at Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville. With the annual festival, it will offer a birding crash course which features experts that would be so glad to help you out with hikes et al.

  1. Mary’s Fish Camp

Meandering via an oak hammock is a dirt road to one of Florida’s campsites wherein screened porches cabins plus bait shacks face the river.

Mary’s Fish Camp is nestled along Bayport’s Mudd River. This is on the Gulf Coast of Hernando County which is a fishing spot landmark. You can camp there and enjoy nature at its best.

  1. Datil Do ‘Ya

This is a signature dish of St. Augustine which is famous for tomato base that is rich with a bit of heat from Datil pepper that is locally grown. You can eat all the best cuisines from the place due to the two outstanding restaurants wherein locals will serve you delicious chowder.

These two restaurants are Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Restaurant and Aunt Kate’s. Both these restaurants offer the best food experiences in Florida if you are a food enthusiast.

  1.  Martin County

On the east coast of Florida, you will find Martin County which will offer you a quick escape from stubborn traffic and congested beaches. The county’s distinctive vibe will help you embrace the beautiful environment that is pollutant free.

Amongst famous attractions is the Blowing Rocks whereby geyser effect is created which often erupts.  To reach this spectacular place you’ll need to reach to the Hobe Sound Beach after which you will need to trek to Blowing Rocks Preserve and have yourself a moment of life.

  1. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours

A five-minute ride to Orlando’s north, you will head straight to Winter Park. The place was made in 1938, and it navigates via pristine and popular Chain of Lakes.

There are numerous breathtaking nature views plus there are historical overviews of luxurious private estates and homes along shores.  This will give you visitors a nostalgic feeling.

Make sure you watch out for sunbathing alligators, paddleboard yoga and frequent water skiers. The whole experience can be enhanced and if you want you can rent a yacht for your family and friends from Miami Yacht Rental.

  1. The Kumquat Festival

Dade city of Florida celebrates kumquat. Kumquat Festival which is celebrated annually on January 27th is a festival that honors this sweet fruit of Dade City. Dade City is the largest supplier of kumquat.

Admission is absolutely free because this family event offers you a chance to taste different combinations of fruits. However, the hidden adventure is Kumquat Growers Open House which is held on January 26th and 25th which features grove tours and packinghouse.

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  1. Day Away Kayak Tours

On the Space Coast of Florida, there is Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge which is a special and interesting kayak tour. While there is a twinkling of evening stars on a phenomenon called bioluminescence, the water glows below.

Minute organisms which live in water glow shine iridescent green after the water’s stirred up. With fish that dart there’s a glowing trail that is created with paddling strokes producing eerie mesmerizing nightlight wisps.  

Titusville’s Day Away Kayak Tours from May via September feature paddling trips in the nighttime.

  1. Ocola

It is Florida’s equestrian epicenter industry which is situated in Marion County which is at the center of Florida. It is habitat to over 70,000 horse farm acres of horse farms which are set amidst oak trees that are sprawling and green pastureland that is rolling.

The place is famous for horse riding and other related sports. The owner of the place is part of the fun which will not get a mention because she is part of the hidden treasure too.

Conclusion

Now that you have had a bucket list it’s interesting to know which you are opting to go for. Florida is a real wonder. Doesn’t matter if you are there on vacation or business, you never know where an adventure can take you.

But what if you need something more, or maybe less? How about, all you need is just to relax on the beach, to think nothing but a perfect tan and cool enough cocktail? The world is an open book – choose any all-inclusive hotel in Jamaica, Saint Lucia or Bahamas and make your adventure perfect for you. Pick your place, and let the journey begins!

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Medieval Towns with German Castles Near Munich & Frankfurt

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Our favorite castles in Germany near Frankfurt and Munich:

Neuschwanstein Castle is there somewhere amongst all the fog!

Neuschwanstein Castle is there somewhere amongst all the fog!

We were crazy enough to visit Neuschwanstein Castle on a public holiday. This meant that along with all the Asian tourists, there were an awful lot of Germans. Plus, even though we arrived by 11 am, the soonest tickets we could buy were for the German tour at 2.30 pm, as the terms in English were sold out until 4 pm. So, if you don’t have German friends at hand to translate the tour for you, we recommend booking in advance online. The castle was impressive, and the time was undoubtedly fascinating! Don’t worry, I won’t spill the beans, but the manmade Grotto room made my jaw drop!

Mespelbrunn Castle

Mespelbrunn Castle

Mespelbrunn Castle is located on a pond between Frankfurt and Wurzburg. Unfortunately, we arrived 30 minutes after its closing time of 5 pm, but it looked cool from behind the fence!

Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle is located on a clifftop near Stuttgart and costs 6 euros per person for a tour in German; however, they did give us a very informative written guide in English. This castle is small compared to Hohenzollern castle, but its story is fascinating. Tanks shelled it in World War II, and today you can still see the cracked mirror from where a small fragment of a tank grenade ricocheted!

Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle is not too far from Lichtenstein Castle. It is located on a hilltop near Hechingen, and we enjoyed the guided tour. Along with getting to wear GIANT slippers, make sure you explore the casemates and secret passages. One sign made me want to learn more. It read, “Exactly where these steps lead to is unknown. More casemates and secret passageways are likely waiting to be discovered in the heart of the mountain”!

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle was a lot larger than we expected! Unfortunately, we had spent far too much time at the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, so we did not have time to explore this castle. But if we get the chance, we will explore the town and its castle next time in Germany.

On our drive from Munich to Frankfurt, we also loved:

Andechs Monastery

Andechs Monastery

The beer garden at Andechs Monastery was just like Oktoberfest but amongst trees and more family-friendly. The beer was cheaper, and the food was great, including the giant pork knuckle, which Moss could not finish. It was also fun walking up multiple flights of stairs to the tower’s very top.

River surfing in Munich

River surfing in Munich

Rothenburg

Rothenburg

Three hours in Rothenburg was not enough to explore this wonderful medieval town! We recommend getting your hands on a city map from the tourist information office. We enjoyed Roder Gate, walking along the wall and exploring the 17th-century spital bastion, plus Moss lost me in the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop for over half an hour, and I didn’t even buy anything!

Bamberg

Bamberg was a neat town with old buildings in the center of the river and had a famous smoked beer which Moss just had to try!

Auto Technik Museum in Sinsheim

I’m not the hugest car or plane fanatic, but even I enjoyed the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim. A highlight for me was sliding out of an airplane (from the museum’s roof)!

The worlds narrowest street

Don’t go out of your way to see it, but the world’s narrowest street in Reutlingen is worth a photo if you are passing through.

Frau Rauscher spitting statue Frankfurt

In Frankfurt, go to the old part of town for an apfelwein and see the Frau Rauscher statue – watch out, she spits about every 12 seconds!

The average person would Google Munich to Frankfurt and see that it only takes about 3 ½ hours depending on how fast you wish to drive on the autobahn! However, we are NOT typical. We took one look at train prices and decided that hiring a car wouldn’t cost too much more.

Suppose you’re interested in traveling to Germany for a damn good deal. In that case, plenty of tour companies have some pretty unique and affordable vacation packages to Berlin, Munich, and Bavaria.

It may be small but this building on Trappensee Lake is classed as a castle!

It may be small, but this building on Trappensee Lake is classed as a water castle!

We aren’t going to tell you our exact route. Still, after surviving Oktoberfest in Munich, we did a giant zigzag to see as many castles and medieval towns as possible. So to save you doing so much driving, we have picked our favorite cities and castles. First of all, ‘Ausfahrt’ is not a destination accessible from every off-ramp! It means ‘Exit’! Another word of wisdom to keep in mind is that the autobahns with speed limits do have speed cameras… and the flash is blinding!

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Running with the Bulls Video

Our shaky Running with the Bulls Video footage from the Festival de San Fermin in 2012. Experience it first hand in Pamplona. Enjoy.

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We recently wrote about our life or death experience of Running with the Bulls this year at the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona. On that run, I carried along with our GoPro video camera and tried to shoot some footage for our running with the video of the bull.

Running with the Bulls Video, Pamplona

Running with the Bulls

All our travel video shooting techniques went out the window when the bulls’ hooves started to shake the ground beneath our feet.

Once we had lined up for the running with the bulls, there was no escape from it as we were walled in by apartment blocks, shopfront windows, and 3-meter high wooden barriers packed with photographers along the entire length. At one end lay the relative safety of the bull ring pulsating with the cheers of the crowd who were still partying from the night before. Behind me, a dozen wild bulls pawed the stony ground looking for freedom.

Unfortunately, I was standing in their path. 

What we ended up with is below. However, I think what we filmed for our running with the bull video captures the chaos, craziness, and complete madness a lot better than if I had stood my ground.

Enjoy it and watch for the guy that nearly gets trampled to death near the beginning!

Running with the Bulls Video

Would you ever consider running with the bulls?

While we are very aware that not all people agree that the San Fermin Festival should be allowed to go ahead mainly due to animal cruelty, we think there are two sides to every story. We wrote a post about the controversy surrounding Bullfighting in Spain and the Festival de San Fermin.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the Festival de San Fermin and whether you would ever consider running with the bulls.

If you want to join the next Festival of San Fermin or any other wild festivals in Europe, such as Sail Turkey, book with our partners Busabout.

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Outdoor Activities in Bangkok – Adventure City Guide

Find out how you can explore the streets, canals and local markets within minutes of Bangkok with our Outdoor Activities in Bangkok Adventure City Guide.

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Are you looking for an insider’s adventure travel guide for the best outdoor activities in Bangkok?

As part of our Adventure City Guide series, Ian from Where Sidewalks End shares his expert insider tips on the top adventure and outdoor activities to do in Bangkok.

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok - Adventure City Guide

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok – Adventure City Guide – Photo by Evoflash

Why visit Bangkok for adventure?

Bangkok is one of the world’s largest metropolises and a gateway for most of the world to access the rest of South East Asia. With numbers surpassing 14 million people in the Greater Bangkok Region, this is no small player in the world’s super-cities. Of course, having such a long history with foreign visitors, the city has become incredibly established in the world’s tourist sector.

This has allowed it to grow many facets of adventurous activities – making access to something for everyone!

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok

Exploring the Klongs

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok - The Klongs

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok – The Klongs

Klongs are canals that used to feed the entire city with life-giving water, branched off from the city’s main artery – the Chao Phraya River. Today, the locals wouldn’t drink the water if you paid them, but there is still a fascinating life along the Klongs’ banks. There is so much to explore, from floating markets to old houses on stilts, and it gives insight into this ancient way of life!

What’s it cost, and how to get to the Klongs?

You can usually arrange the Klongs from the pier “Saphan Taksin” along the Chao Phraya River. This is conveniently a stop on the Skytrain, making it very easy to access. Usually, you will be renting the entire boat for the day (about 1000 THB, or USD 35) and not paying a per-person rate. So if you can find a few people to go with, the price will drop significantly per person.

Rickshaw City Tours

If you’ve never been to Asia before, Rickshaws are one of the most fun ways to get around. Although they can often be a little more expensive than metered taxis, you get an experience (and a view) that is unparalleled, especially in the busy streets of Bangkok.

What’s it cost?

Occasionally, you can even haggle a deal for a city tour for next to nothing (50-100 THB or $1.50-3 USD), as long as you visit a couple of affiliated ‘custom suit tailors’ throughout the day, as they’ll get a kickback from the shops just for bringing you there… No purchase is necessary.

You can often find Tuk Tuk drivers willing to do this standing along the perimeter of the Kings’ Palace. It may take a few attempts of asking for a ‘special city tour,’ but you will be bound to find someone ready for a cut of this business.

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok - Rickshaw Tours

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok – Rickshaw Tours

Local Secret Spot

Chatuchak Market

Though most people wouldn’t consider going to a market an adventure, they probably have never experienced the likes of Chatuchak (also known as JJs). This is one of SE Asia’s LARGEST outdoor markets. It’s so prominent that you can find maps of the market to help navigate. It’s roughly the size of 4 city blocks and is divided into various sections.

You’ll find everything under the sun here, from clothing to handicrafts, food, mobile phones, and even puppies and other cute critters for sale!! It’s bonkers. If it gets too much for you, you can take a break in one of Bangkok’s most famous parks (Chatuchak park), located next to the market.

How to get there?

You can get here via Skytrain (BTS), subway (MRT), taxi, bus, you name it – it’s very accessible! But it’s only open on weekends, from about dawn until 5 or 6 pm at its peak. Some shops stay open longer, but most will be closed by dusk. It’s free entry and a perfect place to buy ANY souvenirs at the end of your time in Thailand.

Suppose you can coordinate to be here on the weekend. I generally hate shopping for ‘stuff,’ but I love this market and its energy!

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok - Chatuchak Markets

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok – Chatuchak Markets

Best time of the year to visit Bangkok for adventure?

Bangkok is in the tropics and quite close to the Equator. Of course, this means it’s hot on a year-round basis.

It’s considered the rainy season from May to October, though showers can happen at any time of the year. This is generally a less busy time for tourists, though the rains are not quite as bad as expected and often only last 30 mins-1 hour, cooling the city’s heart. Peak season is in December-January when temperatures are at their most astounding ad driest… though it’s still pretty hot!

And if Bangkok isn’t to your taste, the luxury Koh Samui will be. Endless sandy beach, beautiful clear waters, and nightlife that could be lived in forever. The luxury rental properties are stunning, and we recommend Tempston Luxury villa rentals.

Finally, the reason I love Bangkok for adventure is that…

It’s never-ending. This city is SO BIG that you could get lost in a new neighborhood almost every day. Single. Day. And still find new, exciting things to explore. On my list for the upcoming weeks, I’ve got the Scala Cinema, the Thai Air Force Museum, Papaya Vintage Shop, and the Erawan Museum – to name a few. Every time I explore one place, I learn of 3 more!!

BIO:

From a young age, Ian was always a wanderer. He’s since travelled to all 7 continents, and has spent the majority of his life pursuing this passion. You can follow him in his off-the-beaten-path adventures and discoveries on TwitterFacebook, Google+ and his travel blog Where Sidewalks End.

Have you been to Bangkok? What were your favorite outdoor activities in Bangkok?

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