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Naturally Florida A couple relaxes on Dog Island, a secluded barrier island located offshore of Carrabelle. TEXT BY VICTORIA SCHARF DECASTRO - LISTINGS COMPILED BY KATHLEEN WALLS F rom the western tip of the Panhandle to the Florida Keys, the Sunshine State is fi lled with exciting places to visit. For starters—Florida’s soft, sandy beaches go on for miles. Plus an abundance of wildlife can be found not only at Florida’s aquariums and wildlife preserves, but also in natural settings. Here, visitors fi nd ample opportunities for close encounters with exotic creatures, including scrub jays, seagulls, alligators, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and sharks. And there’s so much more. Explore one of Florida’s lighthouses, take an off-road bike trail or a riverboat cruise. Or enjoy camping, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and boating at a variety of state parks. Once you’ve discovered the natural beauty that abounds in Florida, you may fi nd it hard to go home. To learn more about what to see and do in Florida, check out the following: • Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach. an (941) 778-1541 • Apalachicola National Forest, Bristol, orida/apalachicola. (850) 643-2282 • Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Vero Beach. (772) 562-3909 • Babcock Wilderness Adventures, Punta Gorda. (800) 5005583 20A Watching seals perform is just part of the fun at SeaWorld in Orlando. • Big Cat Rescue, Tampa. (813) 920-4130 • Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee. (239) 695-1201 • Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. boktow (863) 676-1408 • Brevard Zoo, Melbourne. (321) 254-9453 • Busch Gardens, Tampa. buschgardens. com. (888) 800-5447 • Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jupiter. busch (561) 575-3399 • Cabbage Key, Pineland. (239) 283-2278 More online at • Canaveral National Seashore, Titusville. (321) 267-1110 • Caribbean Gardens, Naples. napleszoo. com. (239) 262-5409 • CARE Foundation, Apopka. thecarefounda (407) 247-8948 • Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge, Chiefland. (352) 493-0238 • Central Florida Zoological Park, Sanford. centralfl (407) 323-4450 • Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, Crystal River. (352) 563-2088 • Chassahowitzka River Campground, Homo- GEORGIA MAGAZINE KATHLEEN WALLS MARTIN WALLS MARTIN WALLS Bonus Content

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - October 2011

Georgia Magazine - October 2011
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Naturally Florida
Florida Destinations
2011 Reader's Choice Awards
Other Top Picks in Our Readers’ Choice Contest
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
More Snapshot Submissions
Gardens Plant of the Month; Liberty Notes
More on Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Energy-Efficiency Tips
More Great Recipes

Georgia Magazine - October 2011