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Oct. 6: Ybor City and Tampa Harbor

Tampa is a city with a rich and colorful history. Join us on Tuesday, October 6, as we go on a walking tour of Historic Ybor City, once known as the cigar capital of the world, and on a water taxi ride, where we’ll learn about the history of Tampa’s picturesque harbor, as we ride […]

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Oct 12-15: Four Days in St. Augustine

St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the most charming. To capture those charms for you, we have put together a tightly scheduled (but not in any sense strenuous) four days of sightseeing enjoyment. Monday After we pick you up at your home between 9:00 and 10:00 am (we’ll […]

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Oct 19: Seashells, Plants, and More: A Day in Sanibel

Seashell enthusiasts from all over the world travel to Sanibel Island, which is rated the #1 shelling spot in North America and the third best destination worldwide. On Monday, October 19, Orange Blossom Tours will take you to Sanibel Island to visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively […]

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Oct 24: Arcadia’s Bountiful Antiques

You may associate Arcadia with cattle, cowboys, and stockyards. But quaint, historic Downtown Arcadia is also one of the best antique destinations in Florida. A total of 24 quality antique shops housed in early 1900s buildings line three blocks of the main avenue, Oak Street. Not only are there antiques stores, but on the fourth Saturday […]

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Oct 25: Mt. Dora Craft Fair

The 31st Annual Mt. Dora Crafts Fair, one of Central Florida’s favorite festivals, is coming to Mount Dora on the fourth weekend in October, and Orange Blossom Tours will take you there on October 25. A total of 400 talented artisans from all over the country will display and sell their finest sculptures, ceramics, paintings, […]

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Oct 29: “Second Chances” at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater

This show is described by Broadway Palm as a “touching musical comedy [that] takes you on a journey through a hilarious year of operation at the Palm Coast Community Church Thrift Shop. Throughout the year, you’ll find it’s not just old treasures at the shop that are getting second chances.” What they don’t tell you […]

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Nov 4: “Million Dollar Quartet” at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater

On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought together  four future rock and roll legends. The place was Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records who discovered them all. The four legends-to-be united for the only time in their careers for […]

Talon Duncan, 12, with Yellow Bird Apache Dancers, a Native American dance troupe from Mesa, Ariz., performs at the 13th Annual American Indian Arts Celebration at Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. The three-day weekend event brought Native American visual artists, dancers, performers, crafts people and vendors, representing over 14 tribes from across the country, to Southwest Florida to promote Native American cultural heritage. Sponsored by the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Big Cypress, the festival also includes alligator wrestling, traditional house building demonstrations, a children's craft corner, food vendors and performances by Martha Redbone, Hank Nelson, Jr. and Cowbone. The celebration continues on Sunday from 11 A.M. to 3:45 P.M.. Tristan Spinski/Staff December 25

Nov 6: American Indian Arts Celebration at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

Each November, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation hosts an American Indian Arts Celebration. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Seminole people—-their dance, music, arts, culture, history, and contributions to Florida’s heritage. On Friday, November 6, we’ll take you to this year’s festival which features a full schedule of […]

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Nov 10: Surprising Lakeland–an Insider’s Guide

As a travel destination for those of us in Highlands County, Tampa, Sarasota and Naples beckon appealingly from the West, Orlando with its theme parks from the East. But there is a city much closer to Highlands County than either of these. Of course, it’s Lakeland. Perhaps you have overlooked it as a destination, thinking it […]

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Nov 11: OST’s “Bakersfield Mist” & Orlando Eye

Fifty-something and in between jobs, Maude, a blowsy, hard-drinking, chain-smoking barmaid who has recently been fired from her job, spends her last few dollars on a thrift-store painting which she’s convinced is a Jackson Pollock worth millions. When renowned art expert Lionel Percy arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, […]

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Nov 12: St. John’s River Paddlewheeler Cruise

On November 12, travel back with us in time, as we take a relaxing four-hour cruise along the St. John’s River on the Barbara-Lee, an authentic stern-wheel paddleboat. This was a very popular and enjoyable cruise when we offered it back in April. This time, we will be seeing the St. John’s river scenery dressed in […]

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Nov 13: Cirque Dreams HOLIDAZE at Lakeland Center

Broadway World calls Cirque Dreams HOLIDAZE “the perfect holiday gift…chock full of stupefying stunts that its competitors aren’t even attempting”. This is a show that everyone will enjoy, children and adults alike. It’s colorful, festive, imaginative, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining. Bring the kids! Bring the grandkids! While they may not be as well-known as Cirque du Soleil or […]

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Nov 16: Sailing and Siesta Key Sandsculpting

We’ve toured Florida’s waters in paddle wheelers, pontoon boats, airboats, yachts, and kayaks. Join us on Monday, November 16, when we go on our first sailboat cruise–this one with the Sarasota company Key Sailing,  With 300 reviews on Trip Advisor, Key Sailing gets a 5 out of 5 stars and a Certificate of Excellence. But […]

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Nov. 17: Lake Wales Discovered

You’ve probably driven by Warner University many times on your way to Lakeland or Orlando. But unless you know someone who attended the university, you probably have never toured the campus. You probably also don’t know about H.E.A.R.T (Hunger Education and Resource Training), an innovative campus-based program to train Christian missionaries for work in Third World countries.  Nor […]

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Nov 20: Renninger’s (Antiques) Extravaganza

Some have heard of it; many have not; even fewer have been there. When we took people there last year, they were amazed. What are we talking about? What else but Renninger’s. Located on 117 acres of scenic, rolling land, Renninger’s operates two markets on their expansive Mt. Dora property: (1) a Vintage Antiques Center, which will be […]

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Nov 28: Light Up Mt. Dora (and more)

Mt. Dora is a great place to visit any time of the year. But during the holiday season, the town lights up with over 2 million lights. And when they turn these lights on for the first time each season, the effect is spectacular. That, of course, doesn’t take place until darkness settles over the town […]

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Nov 29: “Hair” at Venice Theater

Hair was a theatrical breakthrough in many ways. It was the first rock musical. It had the first truly integrated cast. It was the first show to make it from Off-Broadway to Broadway. Now it’s coming to Venice Theater and Orange Blossom Tours has snapped up some fourth and fifth row center orchestra seats at the […]

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Nov 30: “Mama Mia!” at Lakeland Center

Over 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show!  Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA. The musical includes such hits as “Super Trouper”, “Lay All Your Love on Me”, “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, […]

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February 18-21: 3 Days in Key West

Key West has a lot going for it: history, location, and a culture all its own. Conde Nast Traveler, which ranks Key West among the 10 best small cities in America, recently put it this way: “The southernmost town in the United States has always drawn the creative and kooky. Everyone from Jimmy Buffett to […]


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