PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES/DAY TRIPS
During our monthly Photo Share meetings it became apparent that many of our members, being relative newcomers to Florida, were not aware of the various locations, many within a day’s drive of The Villages, which are available for photo ops.
The Photography Club at Sunset Pointe has compiled a list of some of these places, along with their websites, so that our members may check out for themselves some of the familiar, and less familiar, places of interest that are available to take pictures.
If anyone has other suggestions, please see Madelyne Raksnis with the information.
In addition, if you know of a local photo opportunity – maybe hidden within plain sight within The Villages, i.e., the path that goes from the covered bridge near Barnes & Noble over to the children’s playground, or something interesting just outside “the compound”, please let us know about them also. If it is outside of The Villages, please provide a written description and exact driving directions.
Our thanks to Frank Kraft who gave us many of the following suggestions.
BOK TOWER GARDENS, LAKE WALES, FL
BUTTERFLY RAINFOREST, GAINESVILLE, FL
CAPTAIN KATHE BOAT TOURS, BRADENTON/SARASOTA AREA
CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS
CEDAR KEY, FL
CELEBRATION COMMUNITY, ORLANDO FL
CHALET SUSANNE RESTAURANT & INN, LAKE WALES, FL
CROSS CREEK, between Ocala & Gainesville
CYPRESS GARDENS, WINTER HAVEN, FL
DADE BATTLEFIELD MEMORIAL STATE PARK
DEVIL’S MILLHOPPER GEOLOGICAL STATE PARK, GAINESVILLE, FL
DUDLEY FARM HISTORIC STATE PARK, NEWBERRY/GAINESVILLE, FL
FANTASY OF FLIGHT MUSEUM, POLK CITY, FL
FLORIDA AIR MUSEUM, LAKELAND, FL
FLORIDA AQUARIUM – TAMPA, FL
FLORIDA CARRIAGE MUSEUM, WEIRSDALE, FL
FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, GAINESVILLE, FL
FLORIDA STATE PARKS
FORT MATANZA, ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
GAYLORD PALMS RESORT, ORLANDO, FL
GATORLAND, ORLANDO, FL
HOMOSASSA SPRINGS, HOMOSASSA, FL
HERITAGE NATURE TOURS, TAVERES, FL
KANAPAHA BOTANICAL GARDENS, GAINSVILLE, FL
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
KEY WEST, FL
LAKE COUNTY FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM AND BUSINESS RELATIONS
There is a wealth of information on this site for Central Florida.
LEW BOTANICAL GARDENS, ORLANDO, FL
LOWRY PARK ZOO, TAMPA, FL
MARJORIA KINNAN RAWLINGS HISTORIC STATE PARK, CROSS CREEK, FL
(between Ocala and Gainesville)
MARY, QUEEN OF UNIVERSE SHRINE, ORLANDO, FL
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, GAINESVILLE, FL
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
SILVER SPRINGS, OCALA, FL
SOUTHERN COLLEGE CAMPUS – FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
TARPON SPRINGS (Tampa/Clearwater area)
VENETIAN GARDENS, LEESBURG, FL