Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Think outside the beach

The mere mention of Florida automatically conjures up two images in our minds: People lying on sandy beaches sipping a cool cocktail, and smiling tourists enjoying a white-knuckle thrill ride at one of the state’s many theme parks.

I love Mickey and friends as much as the next person. And the smell of sunscreen, the sand between my toes, and waves crashing ashore make the beach an enjoyable destination.

However, there are hidden gems scattered across our area and region, and with a little gas in the tank, you can enjoy them in one day. To help unearth some of these hidden gems, our editorial team hit the road and traveled to some fascinating destinations in recent weeks.

Staff writer Chris Gerbasi was left breathless after venturing into the underwater world of mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

Managing editor Leigh Neely’s mind was blown away after receiving a reading from one of Cassadaga’s resident psychics.

Staff writer James Combs felt a little giddy-up in his mood after seeing the beautiful Gypsy vanner horses at Gypsy Gold in Ocala.

And staff writer Theresa Campbell made waves after writing about Jack Travers Water Ski School and World Wakeboard Center, both located in South Lake County.

We highlight plenty of other fun-filled destinations: The Plantation on Crystal River, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, Sarasota, Showcase of Citrus, the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve, the Florida Citrus Tower, and Jones Brothers & Co. Air and Seaplane Adventures.

We hope this month’s feature encourages readers to explore one or more of these enticing places.

Who knows? You might find them to be every bit as magical as Disney.

Until next month,