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Life & Leisure
Off the Beaten Path
East Central is rightly famous for its theme parks, but if you just can’t handle one more ride on one coaster, take a walk on the wild side. Wander up the Space Coast to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for a close-up look at gulls, terns, egrets, herons, ibises and storks flying free and undisturbed by all that rocket “stuff” at the Cape. There’s no charge to explore here, and if you’re lucky, you might spot a bald eagle.
Where Browsing is a Contact Sport
Welcome to the town of Mount Dora. This tiny little dot on the map in Central Florida has the power to attract thousands of visitors who come for the knick-knack market, fresh-baked cookies and interesting shops. You won’t find a Picasso or a Van Gogh here, but you might take home the perfect plate for Grandma. Aficionados may scoff at places like this, but doesn’t everyone deserve a healthy dose of cuteness now and then?