Get Your Scarecrow On!

 

The 12th annual “Scarecrows in the Park” returns as part of the popular family-friendly Lakes Park Fall Festival that runs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Sunday, October 31.

Dozens of schools and local businesses will once again compete to see who will create the crowd favorite.  This year’s scarecrow theme is “Book Characters,” so don’t be surprised if you see literary friends from Dr.  » Read more

Spooky Mollusks

Vampire Squid sport a Count Dracula cloak-like dark web!

 

Celebrate Halloween virtually in genuine vampire-seeking fashion with Dr. José H. Leal, Ph.D., science director and curator at Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, tomorrow, October 20, at 5:00 p.m.

In his online lecture — entitled “Spooky Mollusks and Other Evils of the Deep:  A Halloween Special” — Dr. Leal will unmask the shocking lifestyles of ghastly and bloodcurdling mollusks.  » Read more

Wicked Walk

 

It’s time to be creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky.  Even altogether ooky.  Halloween is almost here!

Wicked Walk, a celebration of the arts in Lee County, the achievements of student artists and the unique heritage belonging to Southwest Florida with a spooky twist, will be held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Thursday, October 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  » Read more

Family Art Lab

 

Add a dash of creativity to your next family vacation with Family Art Lab at the Alliance for the Arts!

Held the 3rd Saturday of each month, you’re invited to drop in for free, hands-on family fun from 10 a.m. to noon.

Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more – all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery,  » Read more

Old Florida Personified

 

Return to maritime Florida of the mid 19th century.  Two hours north of Sanibel you’ll find Cortez, Florida, home to the state’s oldest surviving fishing village.

Maritime traditions run deep through this historic community where you’ll find restored boats proudly displayed.  Modest bungalows from the 1920s with sandy yards pack the narrow streets of the village, and salt permeates the air.

Meander down to Burton’s store – a relic of the area’s earliest years – or grab a fresh bite at the Seafood Shack or the Star Fish Company Market and Restaurant,  » Read more

The Wright Stuff

 

Day trip idea!

The largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture can be found less than three hours away from Ocean’s Reach, where officials from Florida Southern University commissioned Wright to design buildings for their campus in Lakeland.

Wright sought to create a “truly American campus” and designed an 80-acre network of buildings and covered walkways radiating from a central hub.  » Read more

Make Your Way to Keewaydin

 

Need another “day trip” idea for your next visit to Ocean’s Reach?

How about Keewaydin Island?  Located south of us between Naples and Marco Island, and only accessible by boat, Keewaydin is a great way to spend the day on the water and embrace the Florida lifestyle.

Keewaydin Island provides a unique beach experience.  As a nature preserve island in the Rookery Bay Reserve,  » Read more

Clowning Around

mural of clowsn

mural of clowns

 

Reader’s Digest once dubbed Lake Placid, Florida “America’s Most Interesting Town.”  It’s about a 2-hour drive from Ocean’s Reach and makes for a fun day trip!

Over the years, Lake Placid has become a wonderful place to explore how history, art, and community converge.

It’s known as the “Town of Murals,” as there are nearly 50 murals throughout the small town,  » Read more

Mingle with Flamingos!

Female child feeding flamingos

Photo from Sarasota Jungle Gardens

People taking photos of flamingos

Photo of Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy by Chelle Koster Walton

female child feeding birds

Photo from Everglades Wonder Gardens

 

If you’re looking for a fun day trip during your next visit to Ocean’s Reach, consider making it a pink one!  While flamingos are more populous down in the Caribbean,  » Read more

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