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Chad’s Blog: Discover Your City’s Roots

Chad’s Blog: Discover Your City’s Roots

10/24/2017

Being born and raised in Sanford, Florida, I knew everything there was to know about celery. It sounds ridiculous, but hear me out: Sanford was known as “The Celery City” and the “Celery Capital of the World.” Celery crops were as far as the eye could see for decades, my dad went to Seminole High (also known as the Celery Feds), and I even...

Chad’s Blog: DAY TRIP - Bears, Bison and (Celery) Beer

Chad’s Blog: DAY TRIP - Bears, Bison and (Celery) Beer

09/06/2017

1ST STOP – BEAR EXHIBIT (CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO) About: The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a relaxing, entertaining, and educational experience for the entire family. They’ve been at their current location since 1975, and care for over 400 animals, representing over 150 species. Each year they engage and educate more than 300,000...

Why Orlando Visitors are Staying in Orlando North

Why Orlando Visitors are Staying in Orlando North

08/16/2017

More and more, visitors to Central Florida are choosing to stay in Orlando North, Seminole County and make the short drive to the major theme parks. After a long day of rides and lines, they return to Sanford or Lake Mary or any of the other lovely towns in the county, where they can decompress and enjoy a few hours of blissful tranquility. This approach has another...

Do Orlando’s Outdoor Wonderland

Do Orlando’s Outdoor Wonderland

08/16/2017

Orlando North, Seminole County — where trees are made of wood, the grass is real and the waterways have not been manufactured. The destination, which borders Orlando to the north, provides a generous helping of real Florida, with a wealth of natural riches that’s a respite from theme park crowds and chaos. But here’s the thing: You can...

A Homegrown Culinary Moment

A Homegrown Culinary Moment

08/07/2017

Orlando North, Seminole County is having its homegrown culinary moment. Actually, it’s more of a movement. An area that was once dominated by chain restaurants and corner mom ‘n’ pops has in the last few years seen a surge of dining and drinking establishments developed and owned by local business people. And adding even more effervescence...

Chad’s Blog: Summertime Spring-Hopping

Chad’s Blog: Summertime Spring-Hopping

07/13/2017

With summer in full sizzle-mode, finding outdoor activities that don’t include a complete meltdown can be a challenge. Enter something I call “spring-hopping” – basically, you pick a few springs and hop from one to another…to another!   In Florida, we’re known for our beaches, and for good reason. But one...

Chad’s Blog: Right Under Your Nose

Chad’s Blog: Right Under Your Nose

07/03/2017

Even though we wish we could, we can’t all just take a long weekend – or an entire week – to explore the world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore, have adventures, and make memories right where we are.   One of the most common reactions I get to how to Do florida is, “I didn’t know that...

Spring Fest is Upon Us!

Spring Fest is Upon Us!

05/05/2017 CuisineEventsSanford

  Spring Fest is Upon Us! Join us for the First Annual Hollerbach’s Spring Fest! Join us May 13th from noon through 9pm. This free to attend event is great for the entire family. Come celebrate spring weather, family, and of course, gemutlichkeit! And while you are at it, enjoy some delicious Spargel overnighted...

The First Time

The First Time

04/28/2017

The best part of vacationing is creating wonderful memories that last a lifetime. Your first airboat tour. Your first alligator sighting. Maybe it’s your first kayaking adventure or your first dinner cruise. How about the place you learn to sail or create handmade marshmallows? From...

Faces of Orlando North, Seminole County - Jeff Sonksen

Faces of Orlando North, Seminole County - Jeff Sonksen

04/21/2017 ArtsEventsNature & Outdoor

Orlando North, Seminole County has an artsier side! Jeff Sonksen is one of many artists responsible for showcasing the beauty of Orlando North, Seminole County. Many of the unique contemporary art work seen in Downtown Sanford, the Central Florida Zoo, and the Seminole Wekiva Trail are credited to Jeff’s many talents. Jeff describes his inspiration...

Hidden Gem Series: Wekiva Island

Hidden Gem Series: Wekiva Island

04/14/2017 Nature & Outdoor

You haven’t experienced it all until you’ve been out to Wekiva Island. This hidden gem nestled away in Longwood, FL, is an oasis waiting to be explored. Kick off your shoes and kick up the sand in a game of volleyball, corn hole or frisbee. Dip your toes or your paddle into the refreshing and scenic Wekiva River. Explore the river and navigate...

Orlando North Craft Beer Scene

Orlando North Craft Beer Scene

04/07/2017

It’s National Beer Day and what better way to recognize the day than by sharing the Orlando North Seminole County craft beer scene and some upcoming beer fests. From Wops’ Hops Brewing Company & Kitchen and the Sanford Brewing Company in Downtown Sanford to Hourglass Brewery in Longwood to Red Cypress...

Set Sail to Sanford

Set Sail to Sanford

07/28/2016

Set Sail to Sanford, Florida, the beautiful, historic city on the majestic St. John's River (also known as Lake Monroe). Boaters, did you know that Sanford has FREE Marina Day slips located at the west basin of the Sanford Marina, within walking distance of historic downtown Sanford? A pet friendly city, your furry-friends are...

Tips & Deals for a Wildly Romantic Valentines Just North of Orlando

Tips & Deals for a Wildly Romantic Valentines Just North of Orlando

02/02/2015

Money can’t buy you love, so why not show you care while saving money this Valentine’s Day? These deals are perfect for a wildly romantic date, and with offers for hotels, adventure and more, you'll also fall in love with Seminole County. Hilton Orlando / Altamonte Springs Romance Package The Hilton Romance...

Discover Real Florida Attractions with Chad Crawford

Discover Real Florida Attractions with Chad Crawford

12/17/2014

Being in Seminole County has plenty of perks, but don’t take our word for it—just ask Chad Crawford. As the host of How to do Florida, Chad knows his way around the state, but he loves Seminole County for being his oasis right in the middle of everything. Escape the crowds and traffic of Orlando to have a real Florida adventure in Seminole County....

Taste the Eclectic Flavors of Seminole County with Chad Crawford

Taste the Eclectic Flavors of Seminole County with Chad Crawford

12/10/2014

Whether it’s fine dining or down-home cooking, our Seminole County downtown communities offer diverse, delicious dining options to really get your mouth-watering. Just ask Chad Crawford of How to do Florida—he’ll tell you all about his favorite restaurants and breweries in his hometown of Seminole County. From seafood with a waterside...

Chad Crawford Indulges His Creative Spirit in Seminole County

Chad Crawford Indulges His Creative Spirit in Seminole County

12/04/2014

Chad Crawford of How to do Florida grew up in Seminole County. Needless to say, he has a lot of history with the place. To no surprise, Chad loves exploring the rich history, arts and culture whenever he gets a chance. Artists thrive in Seminole County, and it’s easy to read the writing on the wall when visiting the many galleries and shows here. View the...

Explore Wekiwa Springs with Chad Crawford

Explore Wekiwa Springs with Chad Crawford

11/26/2014

Chad Crawford of How to do Florida knows Seminole County like his own backyard—because it is! Having lived in and around Seminole County, one of Chad’s favorite ways to relax is spending a day at the pristine Wekiwa Springs State Park.   Take a canoe or kayak down the Wekiva River to see an abundance of natural beauty. Wekiwa Springs has been...

Chad Crawford’s 4 Insider Tips on “How To Do Wekiwa Springs State Park”

Chad Crawford’s 4 Insider Tips on “How To Do Wekiwa Springs State Park”

11/19/2014

Chad Crawford of How to Do Florida is an expert on Florida fun. Since Seminole County is Chad’s own backyard, it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about having a good time here. And one of Chad’s favorite ways to get up close and personal with the beautiful natural scenery of Florida is visiting Wekiwa Springs State Park, just north of Orlando. While...

Discover Wekiwa Springs State Park with Chad Crawford

Discover Wekiwa Springs State Park with Chad Crawford

11/12/2014

Wekiwa Springs State Park is an oasis in the midst of the crowds and traffic of Central Florida, so it’s no wonder it’s one of Chad Crawford’s favorite places. As the host of How To Do Florida and a Seminole County resident, Chad knows all the ins and outs on How To Do Wekiwa Springs State Park. One of the park’s main attractions is the...

One Wild Ride

One Wild Ride

01/31/2014 Nature & Outdoor

Horseback riding in Seminole County puts you in the heart of untouched nature right outside of Orlando. From the Seminole Wekiva Trail to the Flagler Trail, you can explore acres of wilderness and see a wealth of wildlife. Just one of many horseback-riding options is guided tours in the breathtaking Rock Springs Run State Reserve. This 14,000-acre State Reserve...

Nonstop Angling Action

Nonstop Angling Action

01/24/2014 Nature & Outdoor

Captain Chris Myers, a Seminole County fishing guide and instructor, gives us the scoop on fishing in Seminole County. Q: So do you know all of the best fishing holes? Captain Chris: I like to think so. But I don’t have to try hard. The St.  Johns River offers great fishing for bass, crappie, bluegill, and sunfish year-round. Q: Great –...

Paddle one of Florida’s prettiest rivers.

Paddle one of Florida’s prettiest rivers.

01/06/2014 EventsNature & OutdoorSports

Just beyond Orlando’s theme parks, the real magic begins in Seminole County. Here the pristine Wekiva River awaits your exploration – one of only two rivers in the entire state of Florida designated as a National Wild & Scenic River for its outstanding scenery, recreation, geology, fish and wildlife. It’s easy to explore this amazing...