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Bok Tower Gardens

By Hernando Sun staff

A mere 2 hours away and centrally located between Tampa and Orlando, Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark, garden and bird sanctuary in Lake Wales that's open 365 days a year.

The gardens, named for founder Edward W. Bok, sit atop Iron Mountain — a 298-foot hill affording spectacular views of Florida and dramatic sunsets.

Bok, who immigrated to America at the age of six from the Netherlands, later became a highly successful publisher, a Pullitzer Prize-winning author, respected humanitarian and an advocate of world peace and the environment.

22nd annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival Opens Aug. 31


Photo Courtesy of Disney World

The 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31 to Nov. 13 will feature a record number of global food and wine marketplaces. Totalling 35 in all, they will sizzle with new edible delights to celebrate 35 years of Epcot. This year, the annual Walt Disney World Resort culinary tour of flavors will be for a longer-than-ever 75-day run.
Epcot event will run for 13 additional days of inspired sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and Future World.

Touring Florida State Capitol


Want to learn about our state government and history? Instead of reading about it in a book, take a day to explore the Florida State capitol in Tallahassee.
On a recent vacation, we had the opportunity to spend a few hours in the state’s capital and it allowed my kids to experience a little of our state history as well as learn how our state came about.


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