The Insider's Guide to Florida

Florida is home to over 18 million people and has over 85 million visitors a year. Inside Florida delivers an insiders guide to everything Florida. If you are moving to Florida we have the essential information you need. If you are planning a vacation to Florida we’ll guide you to the best beaches, attractions, and many unique Florida destinations and Events.

Head to Key West


Summer in the Florida Keys means warm ocean waters perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. It’s also the perfect time to visit Key West. The Southern Most City is packed with fantastic restaurants, history such as the home of Ernest Hemingway or the Mel Fisher Museum, and more interesting people than you can imagine. Come by Cruise Ship, Car, or Plane. However you travel to Key West you won’t be disappointed…

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Jacksonville Landing

The Jacksonville Landing is on the banks of the St. Johns River in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. With great views of the city, the river, and many bridges it’s a great place for lunch, dinner, and a night of dancing.

Hemingway House

Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West for 10 years. He spent his time writing, fishing, drinking at Sloppy Joes, and enjoying the island atmosphere of Key West. 

The Hemingway House is the house that Ernest Hemingway lived in and today it is an attraction and museum you can visit in Key West.

Lowry Zoo

Rated the # 1 Zoo in America by both Parents magazine and Child magazine, Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa offers year round activities for kids, families, and adults. 

With more than 1,500 animals on 56 acres, Lowry Zoo has created natural habitats throughout the park for visitors of all ages to enjoy and get up close to animals from around the world.

The Zoo offers water play areas, rides, and opportunities to feed animals.  The close encounter feedings take place Lorikeet Landing, Bushland Budgies and Stingray Bay.

The Bat House

Visit the Bat House at dusk on the campus of the University of Florida and you can see upwards of 100,000 bats exit the bat house in a beautiful steady stream resembling a flying rainbow.

Ocala Hotels

Ocala has a variety of hotels, motels, and wonderful Bed & Breakfast accommodations that are sure to enhance your visit to the horse capital of Florida. 

Lake Okeechobee

Take a look at any map of Florida and you will see the enormous 451,000 acre (731 square mile) Lake Okeechobee in southern part of the state. Lake Okeechobee is a recreation area with boating, fishing, and camping and it is also part of the complex water management system for southern Florida.

Recycling in Alachua County

Alachua County and the cities in Alachua County provide comprehensive recycling services that range from curbside pickup to the County hazardous waste collection center and five additional rural collection centers.

Area Code 352

Area Code 352 is used in 13 Florida counties:  Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Marion, Pasco, Putnam, Sumter, and Taylor counties.  The western boundary of area code 352 borders the Gulf of Mexico.

Alachua County Library

The Alachua County Library has 10 locations and two book mobiles that service more than 20 locations in Alachua County. Many of the libraries resources are available online.

Pioneer Lacrosse

Drive past Jock Leighton Park in Palm City and you there is a good chance you will see a lacrosse practice or game underway. The Martin County Pioneer Lacrosse league has introduced hundreds of youths to lacrosse.

The Tap Room

When the Inside Florida team visits Orlando, the Tap Room is one of our favorite lunch spots. Sitting on the porch is especially nice. We have tried most of the food and sandwiches, salads, burgers, and shrimp and crab cakes are all excellent.

Bowl Games in Florida

As snow ice and sleet pound much of the US Florida is bathed in sunshine - perfect weather for the 6 bowl games in the sunshine state.  There are two bowl games in Miami, two in Orlando and games in Tampa and Jacksonville.

St Lucie Medical Center

The St Lucie Medical Center is the main hospital in Port St Lucie Florida. The hospital is located at 1800 SE Tiffany Avenue. This Port St Lucie Hospital has an emergency room and also offers Fast Track Services between 10am and 10pm.

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