TravelRiz: Florida

The second post in my TravelRiz Series will be on the Florida trip we took right before the world “shut down” due to Covid-19. This was the last time we were on a plane, how surreal. Here are some of my favorite photo spots:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Bay Lake, Florida

Can you really go to Orlando, Florida without going to Disneyland? I mean, you can obviously, since we didn’t go to Disneyland per se this time… If you want to avoid the “people in the background” shot and are looking to take a picture in front of the Tree of Life: head a little to your left, go behind the tree to the Discovery Island Trails. Don’t forget to snap a photo in front of the floating mountains in The Valley of Mo’ara at Pandora: World of Avatar.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando
8000 Fins Up Cir, Kissimmee

Book a room, suite or even a cute colorful cottage! An “island state of mind” is their theme inspired from the lyrics of a Jimmy Buffet song. You can take a short walk to Sunset Walk or Island H2O and it’s a short drive to the Disney World.

SEA LIFE Aquarium and Orlando Eye (ICON Park)
8375 International Dr, Orlando

Go up and see Orlando from 400 feet in a capsule on The Wheel. Or explore under water at the SEA LIFE Aquarium.

Venice Fishing Pier
1600 Harbor Dr S, Venice

This 700 -ft long pier is where you can find several fisherman or sunset watchers. It is also connected to Sharky’s On The Pier, the only beachfront restaurant in Venice. Below is a cool architectural background for a fun beach pic. Just be aware of people searching for sharks teeth, they may stumble into your shot.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota

Explore the Aquarium and sea life through touch pools, viewable working labs and several interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharksmanatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.

The Ringling and Ca’ d’Zan
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

One of my favorite spots. There are so many places to photograph here. It was established in 1927 as the legacy of Mable Burton Ringling and John Ringling for the people of Florida. The Ca’ d’Zan is a Venetian Gothic revival mansion built by the Ringling’s, was their winter residence.

I can’t wait to be able to go back and find more beautiful places to photograph. Have you been to any of these places in Florida?

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