Going Coastal

Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, An Oasis of Flowers


Bellingrath Gardens and Home will celebrate their annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums November 4 – 30 in Theodore, AL (Mobile suburb). “Mum’s the word” at Bellingrath with the nation’s largest outdoor display of the signature blooms of the season.

Southwest Military Museum

Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library

Honoring the American Military


The Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library (SWFMM) in Cape Coral, Florida exists to honor American soldiers, preserve military history and to educate our upcoming generation in the true meaning of military service and sacrifice.


Museum exhibits portray military service from the War for Independence to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with military souvenirs, hats, apparel, and unique items. There are over 4,000 military nonfiction books, manuals and yearbooks in the library. The kids will enjoy the model airplane collection.

Audubon Nature Institute

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)?

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

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.

Shell Factory & Nature Park

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.