Going Coastal

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation


Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) provides opportunities for performing and visual artists through concerts, festivals and exhibits for more than 20 years. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation also reaches out to the Northwest Florida community with art education, programs and camps for children. Mattie Kelly was a Destin matriarch who established herself as a prominent local businessperson and philanthropist, credited with pioneering Destin’s tourism and fishing industries.

Audubon Nature Institute is a Nature Center Oasis in a Big City


The Audubon Nature Institute is a family of museums and parks on 58 acres based in New Orleans dedicated to nature.


Ready for Nature (and Golf)?

18 Acres of Family Entertainment in North Fort Myers


Tom and Pam Cronin, owners of the Shell Factory & Nature Park, have created a masterful palate of activities for the whole family.  Adults, children and dogs (yes, a doggy park is on property) can spend a whole day enjoying these 20 opportunities. 

 The Wharf, All Inclusive Community


The Wharf is an all-inclusive community on Alabama’s Gulf Coast developed where the new Foley Beach Express bridge crosses the Intracoastal Waterway into Orange Beach.

Mixon Fruit Farms is a unique, family owned business for 76 years, voted Florida's number one orange grove attraction. Tram tours travel through the orange grove and wildlife preserve exposing visitors to:


  • Old and new farm equipment in a working citrus grove
  • “Amazing Play Place” with your kids
  • Citrus health benefits, recipes and menu planner

The Galveston Historical Foundation, also known as the Galveston Historical Society and the Texas Historical Society, was organized on August 3, 1871. The Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) is devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to include “community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties.”

Edison & Ford Winter Estates, One of the Nation’s 10 Most Visited Historic Homes


The Edison and Ford Winter Estates on over 20 acres include the 1928 Botanical Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum on the adjacent sites of the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida. Edison's botanical garden contains more than a thousand varieties of plants from around the world, including African Sausage Trees and a 400-foot banyan tree planted in the mid-1920s.

 The National WWII Museum, Preserving World War II History


“The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.” The museum was established June 2000 and now welcomes more than 500,000 visitors annually with more than 250,000 artifacts and over 9,000 personal accounts supporting major exhibits and research. The museum maintains an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute.

Moody Gardens, An Oasis on an Island

Moody Gardens is an educational tourist attraction with a golf course and hotel on Galveston Island.  Moody Gardens opened in 1986 spread across 242 acres with over 9,000 animals and over two million annual visitors.

GulfQuest is National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico


GulfQuest opened September 2015 as a nonprofit interactive museum dedicated to the maritime heritage and culture of the Gulf of Mexico.  GulfQuest is located on the riverfront in downtown Mobile, Alabama, designed to look as if it were a ship headed into Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is 43 acres laid out along a one-mile long loop that winds past animal exhibits and through the botanical gardens.  Naples Zoo funds planting of at least 100,000 trees every year in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Oilman John Mecom first introduced Harborwalk in the 1970s as Flamingo Isles. Today, Harborwalk is a 550-acre master-planned gated community with 380 lots, 11,000 square-foot yacht club, marina with up to 400 boat slips, 5,500 square-foot ship store, Floyd’s Restaurant and Flamingo Bar.