Eureka Springs Conservation Park, Tampa, FL

Eureka Springs Conservation Park

6400 Eureka Springs Rd.

Tampa, FL 33610

HOURS:

Mon. – Fri.: 9 AM to 5 PM

Sun. & Sat.: 8 AM to 6 PM

Not far from the urban sprawl of downtown Tampa lies an oasis, a piece of paradise where you would least expect to find one. Bordered by Interstate 75 to the east, I-4 to the south, Tampa Executive Airport to the north and the Tampa Bypass Canal to the west, this botanical wonderland is a breath of fresh air. Founded by Albert Greenberg, Eureka Springs Park is the only botanical garden run by Hillsborough County.

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Sunrise, Oscoda, Michigan

Photos by James & Heather Murphy

 

I flew home to Florida from Michigan yesterday. It wasn’t even raining, and the sky was blue. Hurricane Dorian was on the east coast of Florida, but you’d never know it.  Several weeks ago my nephew and his wife attended a wedding on the lake shore in Oscoda, Michigan. They shared their morning sunrise with us. Thank you!
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Lettuce Lake Park

Lettuce Lake Conservation Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33637

Lettuce Lake Park

 

 

I’ve lived in Florida for over 30 years and have visited many parks, both county and state. Each has its own beauty. Today we’ll go over to my neighboring county of Hillsborough, home of the city of Tampa on the Hillsborough River. Close to the city and on the river is a quiet county conservation park filled with wildlife and tranquility. As with all parks in a natural setting, please follow the rules and stay on trails and boardwalk for an enjoyable, safe visit.

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The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

1316 Duval Street Key West, Florida 33040

Hours: Conservatory 9 am-5 pm

Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

 General Admission –   $12.00
    Children 4-12 years –  $8.50    3 years and under –   Free
         Seniors 65+ and Military –   $9.00
          

Key West, Florida – the name makes me think of beautiful coral reefs, Ernest Hemingway, Audubon House & Garden, conch fritters, conch chowder, Key lime pie, and of course beautiful sunsets. My first visit to Key West was during my vacation in 1977 that convinced me I was moving to Florida. Key West is a relaxed community which is a tourist haven all year long. Read More