Showcase of Citrus

Showcase of Citrus

Showcase of Citrus
5010 US-27, Clermont, FL 34714
352-394-4377

If you love Florida, oranges, local market selections, and farm animals this is the place!

Showcase of Citrus offers a variety of honey, BBQ sauce, beer, wine, and even their own wine label. Β Located right off US-27, you can’t miss it!

This working citrus grove has swamp buggy tours that leave several times a day and just sit an hour. It takes you through the property and features all sorts of views of the groves, wildlife, exotics animals, and cattle.

In the market, not only can you buy his for your kitchen, adult smoothies, citrus slushes, and creamsicles, you can also purchase boiled peanuts, and chicken/animal feed. They have a farm on property with chickens, rosters, am emu, a donkey, and apparently a kangaroo ) didn’t see it though).

I highly recommend going one afternoon if you’re on the area, it’s definitely worth a stop!

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Shake Pit

Shake Pit

3801 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton, FL 34205
941-748-4016

It’s only fitting, after our visit to the car museum, that we pick up some classic shakes.

There aren’t enough nice things to say about Shake Pit. The food is amazing and the shakes keep you coming back. If you ever find yourself in Bradenton, be sure to make a quick stop.

Plenty of outdoor seating, and even an enclosed area during summer rainy season.

Bubblegum Milkshake – may sound weird, but it tastes just like bubblegum ice cream, but without the annoying pieces of gum. So good!

Burgers are made with your choice of toppings.

Rating: 🍊🍊🍊🍊🍊

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

5500 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34243
941-355-6228

http://www.sarasotacarmuseum.org/

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is a must see for anyone remotely interested in cars. The time it takes to tour the museum depends on your interest. It took us about an hour and a half. There are over 80s cars on display, as well as a few motorcycles, boats, and old arcade games. There’s also a case full of old cameras in the gift shop area. Be sure to check out the cars in the building around the corner, most of them are for sale.

FYI, the building is basically an oversized garage; it smells of gasoline and is quite warm in the summertime.

Please enjoy some photos:

Paul McCartney’s car

John Lennon’s car

Assortment of cars on display

Luigi loves Lightning McQueen so much, he got a paint job.

Mr. Toad even has a car on display.

These windows would scare me.

These are some of the cars we saw, for sale, in the other building around back. Definitely worth a look!

Rating 🍊🍊🍊🍊

Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602
813-228-0097

Tampa Bay History Center

Not exactly off the beaten path, but still an over looked attraction that’s well worth a visit. While it does focus on Tampa, it offers a lot of history on Florida, from the Native Americans, to the Spanish explorers, cattle drivers, Florida’s military, etc. As a Floridian, and a history major, I enjoy the museum. In fact, the museum’s curator was one of my professors.

The first floor walks you through early inhabitants to the cigar factories of Ybor City.Β  These two are probably my favorites. However, they definitely could use more placards. Some if the items on display aren’t labeled, or labeled without much detail.

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The second floor of the museum takes you into a more modern age.Β  They have interactive maps, a room dedicated to Fort Brooke, a video on Florida crackers–you can sit I a fake horse and watch!, a video on the shipyard inside a shipping container, a mini orange grove shop, college athletics, pro sports, and more.

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The third floor, I imagine, is dedicated for whatever the exhibit is at the time. Currently it’s for Florida souvenirs. I was super excited for this, and sadly, extremely disappointed. While postcards from years past are fascinating, there was hardly anything to do with knick knacks. Where are the cheesy salt and pepper shakers, or junk you’d find in an old Florida gift shop?

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With the few complaints aside, it’s a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. The museum was very quiet and clean, and the staff were all very happy and welcoming.

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Campbell’s Dairyland

Campbell’s Dairyland

200 S Parsons Ave, Brandon, FL 33511
Campbell’s Dairyland Menu

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Our first stop on FlaOrangeBlossom does Florida took us to Campbell’s Dairyland. This hamburger and hot dog joint has been a staple in Brandon, Fla since the mid 80s and boasts a huge menu, with an equally large dessert menu.Β  Don’t be fooled by its appearance, the food is really good. I ordered a regular dog with ketchup and mustard, onion rings, and a root beer. While I’ll admit I wasn’t overwhelmed with the hot dog (it’s hard to beat a good baseball dog), the onion rings are to die for. They tasted like fair food perfection and weren’t greasy. My friend ordered a hamburger which came with Ruffles chips, and ordered a chocolate/black cherry shake. You have the choice of black cherry syrup, or real cherries, he chose real cherries.Β  From what he said, the hamburger was amazing. I did try a sip of the milkshake. Steak and shake, step aside ;).

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Unfortunately it was pouring out, so we couldn’t enjoy the outdoor seating, but they do have a few small tables inside. Outside offers much more [roomier] seating and a few old-timey playground “rides” for kids–a bicycle merry go round, some bouncy horses, and a school bus with benches.

Campbell’s Dairyland is almost always packed and has that small-town feel.

FlaOrangeBlossom Rating: 🍊🍊🍊🍊

Welcome to the Adventure

Welcome to the Adventure

Greetings big blue world!Β  I’m glad you stopped by.Β  You might be wondering what this blog is all about.Β  This journal is dedicated to all things Florida.Β  I’ll share with you local attractions, kitschy roadside stops, historical locations, shops, dining, and more.Β  If you love Florida, and things a bit off the beaten track, then stay tuned!Β  That’s not to say that there won’t be posts about larger known attractions (Disney).Β  I hope that you enjoy the adventure and that it encourages you to visit Florida, and if you’re local, to go out and see what this wonderful state has to offer!

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