Often described as “Disneyland for adults”, The Villages near Ocala is a bustling hub with an almost endless selection of activities, restaurants, entertainment venues and more. Plus, it’s known as “Florida’s friendliest hometown”, so everywhere you go, you’ll be greeted with a smile.
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Florida boasts many beautiful beaches, so for one to be known as a true stand-out – it must be good! Fort de Soto Park, in Tierra Verde, certainly is. In fact, it was voted the best family beach in the United States in 2014, and simply the best beach in the country in 2009.
One of the reasons that Fort de Soto Park is so popular is that it is much more than “just” a beach, with over 1,100 acres and many other activities to enjoy.
Once you’ve had your fill of lazing on the powder white sand or swimming in the azure waters, there’s so much else to do – from kayaking to mountain biking.
St. Petersburg’s Sunken Gardens first began welcoming visitors in the 1930s. Over eighty years later, visitors from near and far are still dropping by to experience the beautiful and relaxing garden for themselves.
If you are looking to enjoy some of Florida’s absolute best seafood dishes in a warm and friendly setting, you’ve got to try Circles Waterfront in Apollo Beach. Plus, as the name suggests – it enjoys a fabulous location overlooking the beautiful Land’s End Marina.
“Circles” has been a much-loved part of the Florida restaurant scene since opening in 1998. Once described as “the town’s best kept secret” by the Florida Tribune, word has certainly spread about this gem – yet the restaurant has retained its laidback and friendly charm.
It’s not only the great service that sets Circles Waterfront apart, but also its genuine commitment to serving only exceptional food.
The RV Tradeshow at Florida Fairgrounds is by far the biggest and best event in the U.S to nab a new luxury RV (and an RV resort stay to bring it to of course.)
It’s $10 to get in, and being on the Fairgrounds, the tradeshow takes on a festive ambiance. Trollies, food stands, even jugglers and comedians! The RV Supershow is a great day-event to check out, even if you’re just browsing.
Among Florida’s many well-known and loved attractions, there are also some more unique gems. Apollo Beach’s quirky Manatee Viewing Center is one such place – it's been a favorite local secret for years, but is often overlooked by those just passing through.
The visitors who do make a stop at the attraction are well rewarded, with the chance to observe dozens of playful manatees and perhaps even pet a stingray!
Wilder’s been a large part of the Florida RVer community for decades, so you know a Wilder recommendation is informed and doesn’t come lightly. When visiting Florida, there are some smaller destinations that can be difficult to find, but the memories are oh so worth it. Sure, Disney is an experience that most wouldn’t consider passing up, but what about the Sunken Gardens in St Petersburg or Duke Energy’s Manatee Viewing Center & Preserve? We’re huge fans of these kinds of destinations at Wilder, and we know which ones are worth the trip. Read on for some captivating Wilder-recommended destinations, and to learn how Wilder is growing with the community!