Go to the beach with a picnic & collect sea shells
Go to the beach with a picnic lunch, relax in the sun on the beach, walk along the white sands or in the warm clear water. And most of all .... you won't be able to resist the seashells. There's always that 'one more' you have to bring home. Spending time on the beach collecting seashells with a friend. Going to a beachside tiki lounge for a frosty drink was rather nice also! Of course, sharing good times with friends is always the best way to see and experience new places.
There are very expensive and dressy places to go here, so pack accordingly if you like to do that type of thing.
I prefer casual, so bring shorts, a skirt/sundress if you like. T-shirts, tank tops, pants. (I live in jeans) Have a sweater, light jacket, or sweatshirt handy . Winters can get cool, and the air-conditioning is running year-round. When the summer air is 90 and you go into air-conditioning, you will be cold. Rainy summers, but not for more than an hour a day, usually. Whatever you forget, you can get here. We have everything, and there's a a Walgreen's on every corner. Definately!! Sunscreen, mosquito repellant.
Everglades National Park Shark Valley
BE SURE TO SEE ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHS
Perhaps my favorite "Off the Beaten Bath" was our trip to Everglades National Park, Shark Valley We found out about this place from a woman that we golfed with one day. I had not heard about it at all. In Shark Valley, we bought tickets for the 2-hour tram ride.
By the way, since this is a National Park, you need to pay to get in or if you are a senior as we are, you are able to pay $10.00 one time in your life and then you are able to get into all the National Parks in the USA!!!
Our N.P.S. ranger guide was so funny...as she said, "I am a child of the 60's!"
It's an open tram for easy picture taking. This 15-mile Tour gives the guide an opportunity to interpret the park, its wildlife, vegetation and unique ecology. About midway through the tour, we stopped at Shark Valley Tower, a 50 foot observation tower from which the visitors may view the "vastness and grandeur of the everglades wilderness"
We saw so many alligators, numerous birds, fish, turtles, and other species in their natural habitat.
On tram trail that we followed, there were also walkers and bicycles. The tram tour operates 7 days a week, all year, weather permitting. You pay with cash, major credit cards, or Travelers Checks. Senior Citizen discounts are available. Ours was a Senior rate of $15.00 each.
Friendly bartenders and locals...Great entertainment featuring Jared Broihier...Wednesday through Saturday from 7 to 11PM...Solo piano and vocals in a wide variety of styles...This summer, the wine’s on Jared...Enjoy dinner in the Grill Room when Jared’s at the piano and you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of wine just for mentioning this offer Opus Nightly Soup...It is always good and usually interesting...Also the Sea Bass
Homemade Food & Incredible Desserts...
One day as we were driving down Bonita Springs Road, we saw a long line outside a small restaurant. We stopped to investigate. Immediately we stepped into the line so that we, too, could enjoy the food at the local's favorite breakfast/lunch place, Dolly's Produce Patch and Eatery
Everything is homemade here; it is most well-known for the desserts.
It is open Monday-Saturday
a. Breakfast [6:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
b. Lunch [11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sunday [Breakfast Only: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.]
Interestingly: THEY DELIVER [FOR LUNCH ONLY] This is a family owned and operated restaurant. It is modest in looks but powerful in taste!
The menu for Lunch includes:
Soup of the Day and Chili.
Six choices for a Hamburger.
15 choices for Sandwiches
5 choices for Salads
7 choices for "Sides"
There is a huge menu for breakfasts with all kinds of egg, omeletes, Griddle items, specials, and sides. We did not eat breakfast there, but they sounded good.
Because I planned to enjoy the dessert, I had just a Caesar Salad [one of the sides].
Allan chose a Reuben Sandwich [corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss chees & Thousand Island dressing on Rye Bread].
Then we ate what we came to eat...Dessert. It was no easy feat because they have a separate booklet for the desserts! Of course, they don't have all of these available each day, but you are able to call in and order and take home an entire cake or pie.
I had a Chocolate Pecan piece of pie, and Allan had Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
The choices include 30 different pies, 20 different cakes, 8 different kinds of breads, 9 different muffins, and 13 different kinds of cookies...can you imagine!