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CONTENTS

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Publishing and Editorial

Magazine

Mark Gauert Editor & Publisher Lori Jacoby Associate Publisher Anderson Greene Art Director/Designer Elyse Ranart Fashion & Style Director Advertising

Valerie Feder Carol Lamadrid Kirsten Larrain Richard Righi Account Executives Dennis Richardson Special Sections Senior Writer Larry Schwingel Special Sections Writer Patti Roth Contributing writer

Production

Slade Wentworth Production Manager Christine Palermo Print Production Manager Shawn T. Lee Senior Prepress Operations Manager Mark Loburak Production Coordinator Distribution

Fernando Alonso Manager Summer Getaways is a special advertising supplement of the Sun Sentinel and City & Shore Magazine, published annually by the Sun Sentinel Co., 500 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 900, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394-3019. Copyright © 2013 by the Sun Sentinel Co., 954-356-4686. Material may not be reproduced without written consent.

6 Islands out of the stream From a playful flip-flop vibe in Key West to the polished elegance of Palm Beach, the Sunshine State treats residents to a juicy selection of exotic offshore locales. 8 Resort marinas: ‘The best of all worlds’ Sleep aboard a vessel, or check in to a room. Florida’s resort marinas offer boating travelers an array of opportunities.

Getaways, region by region 12 Central and East Coast Great restaurants, shopping, superior golf courses, museums, historical venues and – of course – a little magic. 14 South Florida and the Keys From the laid-back Keys to the fast-forward clubs of SoBe to great shopping and fine dining in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida’s charms abound. Here are a few off the beaten path. 18 The Southwest and West Coasts The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island catches up to the digital age – while ageless attractions await on Boca Grande, Fort Myers Beach, Matlacha and a museum that children will actually love visiting in Tampa. 22 The North The beauty of Amelia Island; the history of St. Augustine; the gentle rolling hills, magnolia trees and natural springs of north-central Florida; and the pristine beaches of the Panhandle. 25 Traveling companions Whether stepping into a shimmering pool or savoring a piece of Key lime pie in a favorite restaurant, everyone wants to look great on vacation. Here’s a few tools to keep the beauty routine relatively hassle-free. 28 Statewide events of note, now through September

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Well, you can still take that vacation and keep some bucks in your wallet with SUMMER ESCAPE , a fabulous travel discount promotion being offered by a variety of hotels and resorts. Book a minimum two-night stay at participating properties and receive a $50 hotel credit per room. Travelers who stay three or more nights can enjoy a $75 hotel credit, while a four-night stay can earn a $100 hotel credit. Plus, add a $25 credit for each additional night. Credits can be used towards a variety of amenities and activities such as dining, golf, kids programs, spa treatments, and more. It’s simple to do. Just pack your bags, jump in the car and travel anytime this summer beginning now through September 29, 2013. It’s that easy!

For the SUMMER ESCAPE offer in Florida, check out South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island. One of the most popular family destinations in Southwest Florida, South Seas Island Resort has a multitude of things to do, all set amidst a tropical oasis on the Gulf of Mexico. The whole family can relax and recharge with incredible amenities and countless ways to have fun with the powdery white beach, golf, spa, tennis, pools, waterslides and more. South Seas offers some of the best kids activities around including the ScoutAbout kids program, Sanibel Sea School and Scully’s Interactive Family Center. Kids can explore the 330 acre preserve with trained guides, get up close with manatees and learn about ocean conservation. There are a variety of family indoor amenities as well including an old fashioned pizza and ice cream parlor, arcade, arts & crafts and teen programs. There is definitely something for every member of the family. And now is the time to escape with rates from $179.00+ per night plus kids eat breakfast free! As an added bonus, guests also receive the 4th fourth night free! (Credit does not apply to the 4th night.)

Another Florida Hotel participating in SUMMER ESCAPE is the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in beautiful Ft. Lauderdale. Located near the beach along the beautiful Intracoastal waterway, this hotel has a host of activities such as boating, parasailing, scuba diving, fishing charters, tennis and more. Recognized as one of Florida’s signature hotels, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six offers family fun with a little bit of Hollywood glam. Enjoy the relaxing spa or dine in the famous rooftop restaurant for brunch, boasting spectacular skyline views. Hop aboard a water taxi and take a scenic tour or visit a number of exciting stops along the way. With rooms as low as $99.00+ per night, it is hard to say no to this deal. For more information on SUMMER ESCAPE and participating hotels, call 1.888.886.5111 and mention “Summer Escape” or visit LuxuryResorts.com/SummerEscape. And if you’re a social media regular, enter in the Instagram Photo Contest** for your chance to win a two-night stay for two adults and up to two kids at participating hotels. For details visit Facebook.com/VacationEscape. The only thing better than one great summer getaway, would be two great summer getaways!

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six *Hotel Credit will be applied to guestrooms account at the time of check out and final value will be based upon total nights consumed. Credit will not be applied to room rate taxes or resort fees. Credit does not apply to 4th Night Free at South Seas. Kids eat free breakfast valid for up to 2 kids per room with at least one paying adult. For complete terms and conditions, visit LuxuryResorts.com/SummerEscape.com. +Promotional rate based upon availability and does not include taxes, gratuities, resort fees or other service charges.**For official contest rules, visit LuxuryResorts.com/VacationEscapes

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Travel by September 29, 2013 to these Florida hotels and earn a $25 hotel credit for each paid night. The longer you stay the more credits you receive. Credits can be used toward exciting hotel activities such as dining, golf, spa, or tennis. Plus kids 12 years and younger eat free breakfast*. ! S: NU ree BOight F N 4th

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ISLANDS OUT OF THE STREAM From the Keys to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Florida’s islands offer quick, and complete, escape

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or those who daydream of tropical breezes, frosty beverages and a wide stretch of ocean between you and the real world, Florida is a fabulous place. Opportunities for a piece of paradise are right off our own peninsula. The Sunshine State offers an alluring array of islands with an eclectic diversity of personalities. From a playful flip-flop vibe in Key West to the polished elegance of Palm Beach, Florida treats residents to a juicy selection of exotic offshore locales with no-fuss travel. Florida islands are a perfect place to indulge passions and accommodate adventurous whims. Perhaps it’s soaring over Amelia Island on a flying trike. Or simply savoring a Key lime margarita manicure on Little Palm Island. Even education is appealing on an island - at least if it’s a wine, beer or ukulele school at the Southernmost Hotel Collection in Key West. For summer romps, Florida’s islands offer another attractive feature. Off-season rates at many resorts and other venues are substantially less than prices in peak winter season. To whet your island-hopping appetite, here are tidbits about a few of Florida’s gems.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa Accessible exclusively by boat or sea plane, Little Palm Island is a private five-acre oasis off Little Torch Island in the Keys. With 30 suites in thatched-roof bungalows amid rustling palm trees, hammocks and Key

deer, the island resort is designed for romance and relaxation. Rather than outfitting rooms with electronic gadgets, this resort is proud to showcase what is not included. No televisions. No outside phone lines. The in-suite phones are equipped only to dial staff members, who are eager to oblige such personal requests as preparing gourmet picnics for two where the waves roll ashore. Each suite offers a private bonus amenity - outdoor showers. Some accommodations feature hot tubs for a secluded soak on the deck. Guests at the resort must be at least 16 years old. Out and about, the island includes a pool, spa, fitness center and waterfront restaurant. Opportunities to enjoy the water include kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and excursions to Looe Key Reef for snorkeling and diving. Information, 305-872-2524, littlepalmisland.com. Amelia Island In northeast Florida, Amelia Island is packed with activities on a 13-mile stretch along the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic. The long, narrow island provides a wide assortment of lodging styles, including B&B inns with porch swings and luxurious resorts. Omni Amelia Island Plantation is renowned as a golf and tennis resort. The Ritz-Carlton earned a prestigious AAA five-star rating, as did its restaurant Salt, which offers an opportunity for chef ’s table dining in the kitchen. Scenic nature tours are popular on Amelia Island, as well as its neighboring state park islands to the south. For sightseeing treks, modes of travel include Segway, kayak and river cruises. For an aerial perspective of the island, piloted flying trikes offer a hang-gliding experience. Other popular island attractions include an historic pentagon-shaped fort, horseback riding on the beach, galleries and shops. Information, Ameliaisland.com, 904-277-0717.

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Palm Beach The island famous for its elegance and sophistication offers an array of luxurious resorts, boutique hotels and inns, including such five-diamond icons as The Breakers, offering two golf courses; and the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. The world-famous Worth Avenue shopping district is among the island’s signature features, offering a scrumptious mix of petite parks, galleries, jewelers and designer shops including Tiffany, Gucci and Badgley Mischka. The 13-mile island is three blocks wide, ideal for strolling or tooling around on two wheels among opulent homes and architecture. Information, visitpalmbeachfl.com. Boca Grande No traffic lights are on the breezy laid-back island shaded by banyan trees in southwest Florida. A paved bicycle path runs along the middle of the island’s seven-mile stretch, rolling along homes and a downtown area featuring an assortment of independent shops, including some serving homemade ice cream. Attractions on the island include Gasparilla Island State Park, featuring Boca Grande Lighthouse, a restored landmark built in 1890. The lighthouse offers a wrap-around porch and an elevated vantage point for enjoying the view. For eco-tours and treks to uninhabited islands in the area for picnics and shelling, kayaks are popular modes of transportation. Wildlife enthusiasts are sometimes treated to sightings of bobcats, sea turtles and eagles. The Gasparilla Inn and Club, open for part of the summer, offers a golf course with 16 of its 18 holes poised on a private island. Elsewhere on Boca Grande, which is famous for tarpon fishing, lodging includes inns, condo and house rentals. Gasparilla Inn’s cottages are open in the summer. Information, fortmyersanibel.com; charlotteharbortravel.com.

Marco Island The beach and boating in the usually calm Gulf waters are prime draws for the island in southwest Florida off Naples. Part of Florida’s Paradise Coast, Marco Island offers an assortment of beach resorts, a few off-beach boutique hotels and rental homes and condos. In addition to guided tours aboard kayaks and WaveRunners, another hot draw, especially for families with kids, is The Dolphin Explorer Cruise. The eco-tour aboard a 30-foot catamaran provides guests an opportunity to work with scientists gathering photos and other information on the area’s resident bottlenose dolphins. On land, some island establishments feature their own resort traditions that returning guests adore. At 3 p.m. every day Marco Beach Ocean Resort, staff members walk around the pool and beach area handing out fruit smoothies. Information, paradisecoast.com, 800-688-3600. Sanibel Island Sanibel Island, west of Fort Myers, offers a lush, laid-back tropical ambience, with an eco-friendly emphasis. Buildings are typically not taller than the tallest palm trees. No traffic lights are on the island. On many public beaches, seaweed is not meticulously raked, but rather left natural so the island’s abundant wildlife may enjoy the nourishment. In addition to its egrets, herons and hundreds of other birds, Sanibel is especially famous for its shells. Guests scoop up their own treasures along the shoreline, and also browse the shells showcased at the island’s shell museum. Other attractions and activities include miles of bike paths, windsurfing, art galleries and boutiques, Sanibel Lighthouse and a wildlife refuge, which actually makes up most of the island. Various styles of lodging are offered on Sanibel’s neighbor, Captiva Island, including resorts, B&B inns, cottages and condo rentals. Information, fortmyers-sanibel.com; sanibel-captiva.org. — Patti Roth Marco Island

The Breakers in Palm Beach

Historic lighthouse on Sanibel Island

The Gasparilla Inn and Club in Boca Grande

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Naples Bay Resort

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort

THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS Sleep onboard, or check in to a room, at Florida’s resort marinas

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or plenty of Floridians, vacations revolve around boating. The scent of fresh salty air. The sounds of soaring seabirds. Perhaps a glimpse of precocious dolphins playing in the surf. Various luxury resorts in Florida are designed to accommodate guests drawn to the water. For guests navigating the seas on their own boats and yachts, resort marinas offer a prime place to dock with the added bonus of pools, dining, golf and other amenities. For guests without their own watercraft - or for a jaunt on a different boat - many marinas offer rentals for sightseeing and swinging by a restaurant with dockside access. Resort marinas offer boating travelers an array of opportunities. Sleep aboard the vessel, or check in to a room. Mix-and-match accommodations some onboard, others in the hotel - may work nicely with a group of friends traveling together, says Mike Anderson, director of the American Boating Association. “It’s the best of all worlds,’’ he adds, referring to resort marinas. “You take your second home with you. If you’re going to a marina resort, you’re doing two things you love to do.”

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Naples Bay Resort Guests at The Marina at Naples Bay Resort enjoy full access to the resort and its amenities, including spa, tennis, five pools and lazy river. Dine in a selection of restaurants, or phone in an order delivered to the marina’s ship’s store. The marina features 97 slips, most reserved for temporary guests with power boats up to about 70 feet, with up to a six-foot draft. Slip amenities include a private lockable dock box, 30 and 50 amps. Rentals include 22-foot deckboat with GPS and a 24-foot center-console fishing boat. In the area, boaters enjoy sightseeing along the Intracoastal Waterway and treks to a boat-access-only beach. Off-season boat rental fees are usually less than in the winter. (For summer, the marina is offering 10 percent discount for those who mention City & Shore Magazine). Information, naplesbayresort.com, nbrboatrental. com, 239-530-5134. Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort On Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort Marina is a focal point at the pink Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort. The four-diamond resort and its marina are part of the vibrant Beach Drive waterfront area and within walking distance of shops, galleries, cafes, parks and occasional festivals. A marina with 74 slips accommodates boats and yachts up to 130 feet with a draft access up to 10 feet. Marina guests enjoy varied resort amenities and activities, such as live music in the evenings, golf course, 12-court tennis facility, spa, fitness facilities,

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Hawks Cay Resort

South Seas Island Resort

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa

pools and restaurants. Dock service provides dinner sent directly to the vessel. Boat rentals and boating excursions are offered by partner vendor, Sailing Florida Charters and Sailing School. Information, 727-824-8022, vinoyrenaissanceresort.com, 866-894-7245, sailingflorida.com. Hawks Cay Resort On Duck Key in the middle of the Keys, the marina at Hawks Cay Resort offers 85 slips that accommodate vessels up to 110 feet. A slip for wide-beam boats is suitable for vessels spanning about 27 feet. Depth access ranges from 5 feet to 5 ½-feet. Marina guests are welcome to the various amenities at the four-diamond resort, including a putting green, three restaurants, four pools - including a pirate ship pool, spa and a saltwater lagoon. Information, hawkscay.com, 305-743-9000. Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa The four-diamond resort in Fort Myers offers 14 boat slips in fixed and floating docks for boats up to 55 feet. Amenities at the 85-acre resort include six restaurants, four pools, spa, tennis and basketball and an athletic club. Based on the property, Holiday Adventure Tours and Boat Rental offers guided dolphin-watching WaveRunner tours; and guided kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours along mangrove tunnels. Charters also are offered and rentals of center console and pontoon boats. Information, 239-466-4000, sanibel-resort.com; 239-220-2106 holidayadventuretoursfmb.com.

South Seas Island Resort The Marina at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island accepts boats up to 120 feet, providing cable and fresh water hook-ups among its amenities. At the resort, marina guests may take advantage of the various pools and restaurants, waterslides, golf and tennis. Rentals on site include pontoon boats and power boats. Also offered are group boating excursions and sailing lessons. Information, southseas.com. The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral, which is affiliated with the resort, offers 175 slips that accommodate boats up to 75 feet long with up to a 7-foot draft. A water taxi from the site ferries resort and marina guests to Fort Myers Beach. Also offered, kayak rentals, powerboat rentals and charters. Some boaters dock in the marina and stay at the pet-friendly fourdiamond resort. The 19-story building features suites up to 3,400 square feet that  look out onto the river and Gulf.  Amenities for resort guests include pools and clay tennis courts. Information, westincapecoral.com, 239-541-5000; tarponpoint.com, 239-549-4900. —Patti Roth

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Enhance your stay by adding a golf or corporate meeting package at Arnold Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club.

The home of golf legend, Arnold Palmer, Latrobe Country Club is also home to a spectacular 6,600 yard, par 72 championship course. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Latrobe guests can experience what this exclusive private club has to offer with a Stay & Play Package. Golf enthusiasts can delight in playing on the same fairways and greens on which Arnold Palmer learned to play.

HOTEL FACILITIES & SERVICES: - Direct flights from Ft. Lauderdale to Latrobe available on Spirit Airlines - Complimentary shuttle service to Arnold Palmer Airport and Latrobe County Club - Cocktail lounge with light fare menu - Beautiful patio & fire pit - 2 Meeting rooms with catering available - King Suites & Double Queen Suites with sofa bed, microwave & refrigerator

For more information or assistance booking a package or corporate retreat, call sales at 724-879-0060.

SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT PITTSBURGH LATROBE 115 ARNOLD PALMER DRIVE, LATROBE, PA 15650 1-800-971-3981 • www.SpringHillSuitesLatrobePA.com

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A CITY & SHORE ADVERTORIAL FEATURE

The Breakers Palm Beach One South County Road One South County Road Palm Beach, FL 33480 Palm Beach, FL 33480 1-888-974-7989 1-888-974-7989 www.summeratthebreakers.com www.summeratthebreakers.com

by The Breakers – guests enjoy renowned brands such as Guerlain, Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer®, as well as an array of private-label concepts including Absolutely Suitable, Mix and Match. Each shop is designed to complement the unique tastes of The Breakers’ discerning guests.

The summer vacation of a lifetime is right in your backyard at The Breakers Palm Beach. Energized by a gracious and caring staff, this modern-classic paradise for couples, families and friends has been renewed and revitalized and provides the ultimate beachfront escape. Through October 31, 2013, this legendary property, located in the heart of the island of Palm Beach, is offering Complimentary Benefits EVERY DAY, plus an array of savings throughout the resort. Receive daily

complimentary continental breakfast buffet, kids’ meals and day camp, unlimited fitness classes, tennis, WiFi and local calls. Also enjoy reduced golf green fees and savings on dining, spa services, shopping, bungalow rentals and more. Room rates start from $299* per night weekdays (Sunday – Thursday) June 1 - September 30, 2013 and from $349* per night weekdays October 1 - 31, 2013.

With an unparalleled range of amenities and activities to choose from, guests never have to venture off property. The Breakers’ five-acre Mediterraneanstyle Beach Club features lush tropical landscaping that leads to a private beach, five refreshing pools, four whirlpool spas and exclusive bungalows that are available for daytime rental. Two memorable 18-hole golf courses including the renowned Breakers Rees Jones® Course, a nationally-recognized Golf Academy and two state-of-the-art learning centers, provide a magnificent golf destination for golfers of all skill levels. The resort’s award-winning tennis facility offers 10 beautifully groomed Har Tru courts and one of the finest and most experienced teams of tennis instructors of any resort in the United States.

In the spirit of a true destination resort, The Breakers has also created an inviting array of nine distinct restaurants and five bars with settings ranging from casual beachfront to stylishly sophisticated. The Breakers newest addition is HMF – the most exciting and glamorous destination for social drinking and eating in Palm Beach. Paying tribute to the classic cocktail culture, HMF enchants its guests with its luxe décor, addictive handcrafted cocktails, award-winning wine list, innovative cuisine, and can’t-stop-moving music. For more information or to reserve your escape, visit www.summeratthebreakers.com, call 1-888-974-7989 or contact your travel professional. The Breakers Palm Beach – Once you stay, you’ll understand® *Some restrictions apply.

Family time is important at The Breakers and its comprehensive Family Entertainment Center is complete with an arcade, craft room, game room, toddler’s playroom, movie room, and outdoor sports court and playground. The Coconut Crew Day and Night Camps provide a unique and captivating program packed with fun-filled and engaging activities that focus on creativity, imagination, outdoor adventures, health and fitness, education and more. At The Shops at The Breakers – an alluring courtyard of exclusive specialty boutiques owned and managed

Summer at The Breakers. It’s about time. Once you stay, you’ll understand ®

DAILY COMPLIMENTARY BENEFITS INCLUDE:

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Continental Breakfast Buffet • Kids’ Meals & Day Camp • Unlimited Tennis Unlimited Fitness Classes • Unlimited WiFi & Local Calls Enjoy reduced fees for golf play, resort savings and an array of exciting activities every day and night, including HMF, Palm Beach’s exciting new social drinking and eating destination.

1-855-286-1391 SummerAtTheBreakers.com Room rates are per room, per night from $339 May 1-30, 2013; from $299 Jun. 1-Sept. 30, 2013; and from $349 Oct. 1-31, 2013. Based on Deluxe accommodations Mon.-Thurs. and subject to availability. Tax not included. Benefits are valid through October 31, 2013. Not available to groups. Complimentary Kids’ Camp does not apply to Night Camp. Other restrictions apply.

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LEGOLAND Florida

CENTRAL AND EAST COAST Great restaurants, shopping, superior golf courses, museums, historical venues and – of course – a little magic. Transformers: The Ride — 3D Scheduled to open this summer at Universal Orlando, The Ride will place guests right in the middle of an epic, inter-galactic battle of good vs. evil as the Autobots and the Decepticons duel. Already a huge hit in Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore, this ride experience will have guests coming face-to-face with Megatron, and dodging explosions and attacks by the Decepticons as riders fight alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots. For more information, visit universalorlando.com. SeaWorld Orlando The park is introducing “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin” and “Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation.” When SeaWorld talks about the thrills and chills of its new penguin attraction, it’s not an exaggeration. At nearly four acres in size, the newly opened “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin” houses a massive penguin habitat, transporting guests into the icy world of penguins. Among the highlights are a family adventure ride, and an opportunity to walk among the penguins in their colony. The attraction is located near the center of SeaWorld. For more information, visit seaworldparks.com. Walt Disney World Resort The Magic Kingdom continues its expansion with the opening of Princess Fairytale Hall. Set to open sometime in 2013, this area will allow guests to meet Cinderella, Aurora and other Disney princesses in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland. According to Disney officials, Princess Fairytale Hall also will feature “walls of stone and stained-glass windows and a gallery adorned with portraits of Disney princesses.” The second stage of the Fantasyland expansion opened in December, with “Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid,” a musical showcase that features Ariel and friends. For more information, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com. An unparalleled visual adventure The Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is a national historic landmark, offering remarkable and memorable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. From the historic landscape Bok Tower Gardens to the unique Singing Tower carillon and magnificent 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, Bok Tower Gardens is an unparalleled visual adventure into art and culture. For information call 863-676-1408 or visit boktowergardens.org.

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Safari Wilderness Ranch

A real ‘block’ party for the entire family Dedicated to kids ranging from two to 12 years, LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions. At the heart of it is MiniLand USA — home to eight specially themed areas: Washington, D.C.; New York City, California, Las Vegas, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona International Speedway, Florida and Pirates. In all, 4 million LEGO bricks make up the impressive models found thoughout the park. There’s also great rollercoaster rides on The Dragon, Coastersoris and the suspended steel Flying School. For extreme, fast-paced adventure, LegoTechnic is the place to go, with thrill rides like Project X, Aquazone Wave Racers and Tech-n-Cycle. The Island in the Sky is a 150-foot rotating platform ride that provides sensational 360-degree views of the park. Located in Winter Haven, LEGOLAND® Florida is a perfect family attraction. For more information, visit florida.legoland.com. Animal house redux Safari Wilderness Ranch is not a zoo or a theme park, but a 260-acre wilderness filled with exotic animals and incredible memories. At the wilderness ranch, guests can get up close and personal with many species of wildlife — from giant zebras, Watusi cattle and Austrian Haflinger horses to oryx, blackbuck antelope, red lechwe, axis deer and even budgie parakeets (one of the world’s smallest parrots, which can be hand-fed). These up-close-and-personal encounters are possible either by a driven vehicle safari tour or by a more adventurous camelback expedition. Another highlight is a chance to accompany a professional caretaker for the daily feeding of gentle, ring-tailed lemurs. The gorgeous landscape that is the Safari Wilderness Ranch is in Lakeland, just six miles north of Interstate 4, between Orlando and Tampa. For information, visit safariwilderness.com. —Dennis Richardson

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SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE KEYS From the laid-back lifestyle of the Keys to the fastforward clubs of SoBe to great shopping and fine dining in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida’s charms abound. Here are a few off the beaten path. A top theme park in South Florida Flamingo Gardens in Davie is 60 acres of subtropical paradise. The Wray Botanical Collection features more than 3,000 rare and exotic native plants and trees. The Everglades Sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife, including alligators, bobcats eagles, otters, panthers, peacocks and flamingos. Flamingo Gardens is also home to 21 “Champion” trees, the largest trees of their species in the state, including the largest tree in Florida. There are a variety of speciality gardens. The centerpiece is a natural hammock of 200-year-old Live Oak, with species orchids and epiphytes. Nestled in and around Flamingo Gardens is the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, home to more than 90 species of native birds and animals. The half-acre free-flight aviary boasts over 250 wading birds, representing 45 species; while the Bird of Prey Center houses one of the largest raptor collections in the United States. Information, 954-4732955, or visit flamingogardens.org, which includes a calendar of events. Flamingo Gardens

Tropical sailing adventure Tropical Sailing Catamaran Charters is an unforgettable reef snorkeling adventure that begins in Fort Lauderdale, with a trip through “Millionaire’s Row” on the Intracoastal Waterway to Port Everglades and past the cruise ship moorings. The first reef, in about 10 to 12 feet of water, is where guests begin the day — or they can enjoy a two-for-one Champagne Sunset Cruise — a perfect way to end the day. The evening cruise calls for sun dresses, sandals and chilled wine for an enjoyable, casual evening. Take advantage of one of Florida’s finest highlights, via a comfortable catamaran that sails out on the Atlantic. Enjoy new friends, breathtaking views and relaxing music. The catamaran cruises daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, call 954-618-8957.

Flying back in time Marathon is helping to preserve the area’s early aviation history with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EEA) Air Museum, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located adjacent to the Marathon Airport, at Mile Marker 52, the museum features artifacts, historical photos, memorabilia, books and a flight simulator that is very popular with youngsters. There’s also a rare photo of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, World War I flying ace, who helped found Eastern Airlines in the 1930s. A hangar space houses a Beechcraft Model 18, and visitors can climb inside the twin-engine cargo plane that transported passengers and military officers during World War II. Outside is a 1942-era military DC-3 plane, also open for touring. There is no admission, but donations are welcome. From members of the “Greatest Generation” to their children and grandchildren, the exhibits are both historical and informative. Information, 305-432-1145, or visit 1241. eaachapter.org. Up, up and away In Islamorada, you will discover Tiki Jet Jetpack Adventures — an experience like few others in the Keys. The “launch” point is the Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina, 84001 Overseas Highway, where thrill-seekers are taken by boat to the flying site, a tiki-themed 30-foot pontoon boat. Preflight training consists of a safety briefing, followed by fittings for a helmet, personal flotation device and harness. Instructors strap participants into a JetLev R200 flight pack, tethered to a boat by a 30-foot hose that pumps seawater as a propellant. Flight controls enable individuals to take off, make soft turns, hover and land. The entire experience, including training, takes a couple of hours for each individual. Flight time is allocated at 25 minutes per participant. GoPro high-definition video packages of the experience are available. It’s billed as “the most exciting watersports activity in the Florida Keys.” For reservations and pricing, call 305-8140769 or visit tikijet.com. —Dennis Richardson Tiki Jet Jetpack Adventures

Tennessee Williams Exhibit For more than 30 years, internationally renowned playwright Tennessee Williams lived in a modest cottage on a quiet Key West street. In the late 1940s, he purchased the home at 1431 Duncan St. and lived there until his death in 1983. Williams completed Summer and Smoke and wrote Night of the Iguana, among other works, in Key West. There are personal photographs here, original posters of local productions, books of poetry and drama, playbills and his typewriter. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 513 Truman Ave., 305-294-3121.

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SOUTHWEST AND WEST COASTS The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island catches up to the digital age – while many ageless attractions await on Boca Grande, Fort Myers Beach, Matlacha and other Gulf Coast destinations.

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he wildlife on Sanibel Island has gone digital. The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is the first among the nation’s 550-plus national wildlife refuges to use QR codes in its interactive iNature Trail. With this feature, visitors can use Smartphones to scan QR codes, or small barcodes, to access videos, web sites and other information sources to learn about plants and animals in the 6,400-acre refuge. The iNature Trail has 10 signs along the Wildlife Drive, each with two barcodes — one that accesses video and educational web sites designed for adults, and a second tailored to children. Each sign addresses a different feature of the wildlife refuge. For instance, one may pull up a video or a website that discusses roseate spoonbills (which live here) while another may inform guests about the refuge’s mangroves. Each video is between 30 and 60 seconds long. “We wanted to keep it short and sweet, to appeal to the shorter attention spans of the younger generation,”

says Toni Westland, supervisory refuge ranger at “Ding” Darling. She sees the QR codes as a way to engage the younger generation, to get them to appreciate nature. “The younger generation is always plugged in,” she says. The QR codes geared toward kids are more interactive. “We wanted to get the kids moving,” she explains. “So, a video might show kids how to put their hands together to scoop like a pelican, or to mimic eating like a roseate spoonbill. For a mangrove tree, the entire family will get together, with the parents acting like the sturdy trunk and the kids being the roots that grow out of the trunk.” While one set of codes target kids, they appeal to the older generation as well, Westland says. “We see a lot of adults scanning those codes and doing the activities. A lot of families do this; they always have their Smartphones with them. And, it’s a way for grandparents to communicate with their grandkids.” With only three rangers and a limited number of volunteers in the 6,000-acre-plus refuge, Westland says, the technology provides the 800,000 annual visitors with a more informative experience when rangers or volunteers are not available. Although the app for downloading the QR codes is free, there is a cost to enter the wildlife refuge. Admission is $5 per carload, and $1 for hikers and bikers. Admission is good for the entire day. For more information about the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, visit fws.gov/dingdarling/visitorinformation.html. —Dennis Richardson

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any people have an affinity for dolphins, and one of the best ways to see these amazing, graceful, intelligent creatures is on a Wild Dolphin Cruise departing from The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. More than 500 bottlenose dolphins make their home in Tampa Bay. This 90-minute tour aboard a new, 72-foot catamaran lets you see them in the wild. Visitors also may see manatees and various species of birds. A good pair of binoculars is recommended. In 2011, the Wild Dolphin Cruise earned Dolphin SMART recognition for responsible viewing of dolphins in the wild, and for teaching about dolphin conservation. For more information, visit flaquarium.org.

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On the “funky” side, historic, tin-roofed Tin City features eclectic shopping and entertainment. Nautical-themed clothing, gift and souvenir shops, plus casual seafood restaurants, dot the popular venue that was the site of a 1920s clam shelling and oyster processing plant. Meanwhile, across the street from Tin City is Naples’ newest arts and entertainment, dining and shopping destination: Bayfront. Don’t miss a stroll through the Naples Botanical Gardens and the recently revamped Naples Zoo. Take in a show at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts (thephil.org). For beaching it, head to Lowdermilk Park, Naples family-friendly beach or north to Lover’s Key in Bonita for the dog lover’s destination. For more information, visit paradisecoast.com.

eople like to visit the beaches here, but a compelling reason to visit is the wildlife; and the best way to see the wildlife is to get on a trail, whether it’s biking, hiking or paddling,” says Betsy Clayton, coordinator, Lee County Parks & Recreation Information. Clayton, an outdoor enthusiast, offers these insights on the county's bike, canoe and kayak trails.

Biking trails The Caloosahatchee Regional Park in Alva has about 20 miles of biking, hiking and equestrian trails in the 768acre park, Clayton says. The park also has a gorgeous forest, she adds, “and plenty of hills, which are good for bikers.” John Yarbrough Linear Park in Fort Myers. The scenic, tree-lined trail “is right next to Ten Mile Canal, so you can see wildlife. It’s a nice, paved trail and is also popular with inline skaters and joggers.”

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GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: “IT’LL GROW YOUR MIND”

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ho says children and museums don’t mix? They certainly will at Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa. Imagine a place where kids can slide down a fireman’s pole, fly an airplane, pilot a cruise ship, construct a noodle structure or paint with light. Those are just some of the 170 fun, hands-on, interactive exhibits designed specifically for kids. Does this sound like a museum that would bore kids? Your children will have so much fun, they won’t realize they’re actually learning as they go. While it appeals to kids, adults also will get a kick out of the museum. This is one time kids won’t complain about spending a day away from school at a museum. For more information, visit glazermuseum.org. —Dennis Richardson 20

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Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve in North Fort Myers, on the northern shoreline of the Caloosahatchee River. “This is inland, so it takes you through several environments,” Clayton says. “It’s a good place for bird watching while you walk.” Cayo Costa State Park in Boca Grande. Located on a barrier island, it is accessible only by ferry or private boat. But once you get there, the nature trails that crisscross the island are good for hiking and off-road biking. “You can pair [hiking] with a beach outing.

The trail is cool because you go past areas where early settlers lived.” Lovers Key State Park, between Bonita Beach and Fort Myers Beach. It offers five miles of hiking and biking trails and is a haven for wildlife. “This is really a fun place to go.”

Canoe/kayak trails The Great Calusa Blueway, a 190-mile-long paddling trail that winds along back bays and shores near Sanibel and Fort Myers. “It feels like the western part of the Everglades,” Clayton says. “There are plenty of short trails, and you don’t really have to know much about canoeing or kayaking to explore this area.” She adds that it is one of the few paddling trails in the state with U.S. Coast Guard-approved markers. Plus, at the start of the trail, you can download a free app that puts the trail on your smartphone. “It lets you see where you are on the trail, and is a guide for bird watching, etc. It’s great because there’s no dropping breadcrumbs out there” to help you find your way. Commodore Creek Trail, in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. “This can be completed in a short time — less than two hours. The water is clear, it’s an easy trail and you can see wading birds.” Matlacha, a small town near Pine Island. “You can paddle for one or four hours. And, when you are done paddling you can eat in a mom-andpop restaurant and visit the mom-and-pop art galleries. It’s a fun way to spend the day.” For more information on activities in Lee County, visit fortmyers-sanibel.com. —Dennis Richardson

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The beauty of Amelia Island; the history of St. Augustine; the gentle rolling hills, magnolia trees and natural springs of north central Florida; and the pristine beaches of Florida’s Panhandle — North Florida has much to offer vacationers. Marineland celebrates 75 years This year, Marineland is celebrating its 75th anniversary - and, the attraction in St. Augustine remains popular. During the recent spring break, its dolphin encounter programs were sold out for several weeks. Marineland began in 1938 as a studio for filming marine movies and shows, then evolved into a facility to study marine life. In 2005, it reopened as a dolphin encounter attraction. “People have a fascination with dolphins,” says Kurt Allen of Marineland. “To have an up-close encounter with these amazing animals is something special.” The most popular encounter, Allen says, is the immersion program, in which groups of three or four people start out in shallow water and then progress into deeper waters, all while interacting with the dolphins. “People really like that up-close encounter, to see the dolphin swim around and under them. What people most like is to play and interact with the dolphin. “No matter their age — from young children to older adults, and we get some in their 60s and 70s who are checking this off their bucket list — there are smiles from everyone after the encounter.”

Where is the best view of Pensacola? From the observation deck atop the historic Pensacola Lighthouse.

To participate in the immersion program, Allen says, children must be at least five years or age. A paying, adult participant must accompany children between ages of 5 and 10.

Smiles abound after a dolphin encounter at Marineland Dolphin adventure.

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For children ages 3 to 4, there is a dolphin touch-and-feed program. “For these children to be able to tickle a dolphin, they are excited beyond belief,” Allen says. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. For information, visit marineland.net.

But, leave time in your schedule to visit Seaside, a quaint Victorianstyle community. Also, check out Grayton Beach State Park, known for its winding trails and huge sand dunes. For more information, visit emeraldcoastfl.com. — Dennis Richardson

Take a spin with nature EcoMotion Segway Tours offers a fun way to discover nature: an off-road ride aboard a Segway, exploring the coastal ecosystems at Fort George Island State Parks on Amelia Island. The guided tour will take you past old-time plantations, turtle digs, dolphin swims and bird roosts. No experience aboard a Segway is necessary. These cross-terrain models feature big tires and are easy to learn to ride. As they say at EcoMotion Segway Tours, “the road to adventure is seldom paved — and neither is ours.” For more information, visit ecomotiontours.com.

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Enjoy the best view in Pensacola Where to go for the best view in Pensacola? Climb the 177 steps up the Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum. It’s worth the effort. From the top of the tower you can see three forts, the Pensacola skyline, the Navy Yard and Pensacola Pass (where Pensacola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico meet). On the ground, tour the restored Keepers’ Quarters. The lighthouse was built in 1859, and the Keepers’ Quarters 10 years later. There is an admissions fee. For information, visit pensacolalighthouse.org.

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TRAVELING COMPANIONS Tools for keeping a beauty routine, on the road

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hether stepping into a shimmering pool or savoring a piece of Key lime pie in a favorite restaurant, everyone wants to look great on vacation. You’ll likely want to tuck at least a basic supply of your favorite hair and skin products into a suitcase for the trip, and perhaps a few tools to keep the beauty routine relatively hassle-free. For assistance in making a travel list, Shannon Dalbo of GBS The Beauty Store, with several shops in South Florida, offered some recommendations: Sunscreen, naturally. Dalbo’s favorite products include Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Ultralite Oil-Free SPF 30 Mist, in part because it’s a spray that’s a snap to reapply, she says. She also likes Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 30. Tailoring the sunscreen routine even further, some sunscreen products are designed specifically to protect the pucker, such as Supergoop Fusion Lip Balm, with SPF 30. For hair, you might want to bring along your favorite shampoo and conditioner rather than rely solely on what the hotel offers. To simplify, pour a modest amount in a travel bottle. After all, you might love the resort’s brand. Speaking of hair, The Wet Brush is a handy accessory for the beach bag.

Hotel hair dryers may be less powerful than what you like. “If you have space to spare in your bag, make room for a travel hair dryer that has ceramic, tourmaline and/or ion technology. This will speed up drying time and help keep hair shiny and frizz-free,” Dalbo says. Another tip for simplifying the cosmetics case are items that provide more than a single function. As an example, Dalbo points to Davines SU Sun Oil, a product designed to help hair and skin maintain their softness while you’re out playing in the sun and sea.

Shannon Dalbo's Traveling Tips Skip a full bottle of perfume, and opt for a handy roll-on fragrance. Simplify your skincare routine with travel sizes of favorite products, such as cleanser, toner or serum, moisturizer and eye cream. Dalbo suggests leaving masks and brighteners at home, especially products with retinol since the extra sun exposure can cause irritation.

Hair ties are handy, and decorative hair ties offer a doublefunction value. Perk up a ’do or wrap them around your wrist. Dalbo likes Maddyloo Hair Ties because they’re wide and flat, intended to hold the hair without “denting” it. The Maddyloo styles includes an array of patterns, including moustaches, animal prints and polka dots; and some have rhinestones. For fun, a vacation also is the ideal place to go wild - at least at the tips of your fingers and toes. Polishes in vibrant hues are in vogue, and the selection is broad, including robin’s egg blue and neon plum.

An aloe-based body lotion is handy for sunburned skin.

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Keep faces hydrated. Dalbo suggests Derma E Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid, which may be sprayed on throughout the day. Self-tanning individually wrapped towelettes, such as TanTowel, are simple to use and handy for touch-ups.

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FLORIDA ACTIVITIES

Dogs in the Garden, Naples Botanical Garden, select hours most Sundays, Tuesday and Thursdays, 239-643-7275, naplesgarden.org.

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West Palm Beach, pbcraftbeerfestival.com.

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Burger, Beer & BBQ Bash, June 29, Miami, 305-200-8892, tasteofbrickell.com.

Artists Alley art walk, downtown Delray Beach, June 20, artistsalleydelray.com. Bob Dylan, with Wilco and My Morning Jacket, June 26 at Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, livenation.com. Taste of the Nation Palm Beach, summer’s premier food and wine charity event, June 20 at The Kravis Center, West Palm Beach. Tickets available at the door or online at tasteofthenation.org. Brad Paisley, June 21, Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, 561-795-8883, livenation.com. Palm Beach Craft Beer Fest, June 22, Meyer Amphitheatre,

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Central Florida New Kids On The Block, June 21, Amway Center, Orlando, amwaycenter.com. Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, scheduled to open June 29 at Kennedy Space Center, kennedyspacecenter.com. Bioluminescence kayaking tours, Merritt Island, adayawaykayaktours.com or spacecoastkayaking.net.

food and beverage event for guests at Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, 800996-1913, the-gasparilla-inn.com. Dogs in the Garden, Naples Botanical Garden, select hours most Sundays, Tuesday and Thursdays, 239-643-7275, naplesgarden.org.  

July South Florida The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring Beyoncé, July 9, BB&T Center, Sunrise, ticketmaster.com.

1651, fairchildgarden.org. International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, July 11-28, 305-445-8877, teatroavante.com. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, July 18-22, Miami, mbfashionweek.com.

The Keys Underwater Music Festival, July 13, south of Big Pine Key, 305-8722411, lowerkeyschamber.com.  Hemingway Days, July 16-21, Key West, hemingwaydays.net.

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The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring Beyoncé, July 10, AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, ticketmaster.com.

Super Boat Grand Prix Festival, July 1-7, Sarasota, suncoastoffshore.org.

B4 Weekend, June 21-23, gourmet

International Mango Festival, July 13-14, Coral Gables, 305-667-

The Village People and The Guess Who at Palmetto

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FLORIDA ACTIVITIES Fourth of July Festival, July 4, Palmetto, 941-723-4988.

Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, 561-767-7188.

Life Stadium, Miami, ticketmaster.com.

Artists Alley, Aug. 15, downtown Delray Beach, artistsalleydelray.com.

MangoMania Tropical Fruit Festival on Pine Island, July 1314, mangomaniafl.com.

Orlando, Tampa Bay area and Central Florida

Miami Spice, various restaurants in Miami, August & September, 305-539-3000, ilovemiamispice.com.

Summer Jam, Aug.31-Sept. 1, Meyer Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, 561-844-0018, musicjamproductions.com.

Fishermen’s Village Pirate Fest, July 26-28, Punta Gorda, 941-575-3067, fishermensvillagepiratefest.com.

Palm Beach Artists Alley art walk in downtown Delray Beach, July 18, artistsalleydelray.com. Dave Matthews Band, July 19-20, Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, 561-795-8883, livenation.com. Sushi & Stroll, Morikami Museum, July 5, 561-495-0233, morikami.org. Jamaica Festival, July 28, Meyer

Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, July 6, daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Bioluminescence kayaking tours, Merritt Island, adayawaykayaktours.com; spacecoastkayaking.net.

North Florida Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, July 6, 904-4711965, staugamphitheatre.com; summerbreaktour.com. Pensacola Beach Air Show, July 12-13, visitpensacolabeach.com/ what/airshow.php.

August

USA/Brazil Volleyball Beach Challenge, Aug. 3-4, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, Hollywood, 954-327-7625, seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Bruno Mars, Aug. 30, AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, 800-745-3000, aaarena.com.

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Summer Jazz on the Gulf at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, July 20, 239-261-2222, naplesbeachhotel.com.

International Ballet Festival of Miami,  Aug. 30-Sept. 8, various venues, 305-549-7711, internationalballetfestival.org. Presentations by photographer Clyde Butcher, Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 239-695-2428, ClydeButcher.com.

South Florida Legends of Summer: Justin Timberlake and JAY-Z, Aug. 16, Sun

The Keys

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Key West Brew Fest, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, various venues, keywestbrewfest.com.

Southwest Florida Englewood Pioneer Days, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Englewood, 941-4743764,  englewoodpioneerdays.com. Summer Jazz on the Gulf, Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Aug. 24, 239-261-2222, naplesbeachhotel.com. US Rowing Masters National Championships, Sarasota/ Bradenton, Aug. 15-18, usrowing.org. Les Misérables community theater production at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, several dates in August, manateeplayers.com.

Palm Beach Sushi & Stroll at Morikami Museum, Aug. 2, 561-495-0233, morikami.org. Dave Matthews Band, July 19-20, Cruzan Amphitheatre

Jonas Brothers, Aug. 2, Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, 561-795-8883,  livenation.com.

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Jonas Brothers, Aug. 2, Cruzan Amphitheatre

Orlando, Tampa Bay area & Central Florida American Idol Live, Aug. 1, Amway Center, Orlando, amwaycenter.com. WaZoo, Aug. 3, beer festival with food and music at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, 813-935-8552, www.lowryparkzoo.com/wazoo. KISS concert, Aug. 16, Amway Center, Orlando, amwaycenter.com. Arena Bowl, Aug. 17, Orlando, visitorlando.com/arenabowl. Dine Tampa Bay, Aug. 1630, special menus at various restaurants, dinetampabay.com. Bruno Mars, Aug. 27, Amway Center, Orlando, Amwaycenter.com. Bioluminescence kayaking tours, Merritt Island, adayawaykayaktours.com or spacecoastkayaking.net.

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Miami Fashion Film Festival, Sept. 13-15, miafff.com.

Southwest Florida Englewood Pioneer Days, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Englewood, 941-4743764, englewoodpioneerdays.com. Tapa Hop, Sept. 17, pub crawl & trolley, Fort Myers Beach, 239-454-7500, fortmyersbeachtapahop.com. Summer Jazz on the Gulf at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Sept. 21, 239-261-2222, naplesbeachhotel.com.

Palm Beach Summer Jam, Aug.31-Sept. 1, Meyer Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, 561-844-0018, Musicjamproductions.com. Flavor Palm Beach, various restaurants offer special lunch & dinner menus in September, flavorpb.com. Sushi & Stroll at Morikami Museum, Sept. 6, 561-495-0233, morikami.org. John Mayer, Sept. 8, Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, 561-795-8883, livenation.com.

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Bruno Mars, Aug. 27, Amway Center, Orlando

North Florida

September

Victoria Justice, Aug. 16, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 904-4711965, staugamphitheatre.com.

South Florida

Great Southern Tailgate CookOff, Aug. 23-24, Amelia Island, gstailgatecookoff.com.

International Ballet Festival of Miami, Aug. 30-Sept. 8, various venues, 305-549-7711, internationalballetfestival.org.

Nature and Wildlife art exhibit, July 27-Aug. 31, St. Augustine Art Association, 904-824-2310, staaa.org.

Miami Spice, various restaurants August & September, 305-539-3000, ilovemiamispice.com.

Greek Festival, Aug. 31-Sept.2, Okaloosa Island, greekfestivalfwb.com.

Photographer Clyde Butcher presentations, Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 239695-2428, ClydeButcher.com.

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Greek Festival, Aug. 31-Sept.2, Okaloosa Island

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FLORIDA ACTIVITIES EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, Sept. 27-Nov. 10

Steely Dan, Sept. 12, Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, 561-544-8600, myboca.us/ pages/mizneramphi.

Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival, Sept. 27-28, tampabaywineandfood.com.

Artists Alley, Sept. 19, downtown Delray Beach, artistsalleydelray.com.

North Florida

TasteMakers, Sept. 24-25, Mizner Park, 561-362-0606, miznerpark.com.

Orlando, Tampa Bay area & Central Florida Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, various restaurants offer special menus in September, OrlandoMagicalDining.com.

Jamaican Fest, Aug. 30-Sept.1, Pensacola Beach, 850-932-1500, pensacolabeachchamber.com. Emerald Coast Boat Show, Sept. 13-15, Fort Walton Beach, emeraldcoastboatshow.com. Taste of the Beach, Sept. 14-15, 850-932-1500, Pensacola Beach, pensacolabeachchamber.com.

Orlando’s Faith & Fun Weekend, Sept. 6-7, Universal Orlando & Disney World, disneyworld.com, rocktheuniverse.com.

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, Sept. 27Nov. 10, Lake Buena Vista, disneyworld.com.

International Ballet Festival of Miami, Aug. 30-Sept. 8

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