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What do you do when your kids have a fall break?  Go to Florida!  That’s exactly what we did last week. 🙂  The kids had about 3 days off from school, so we took the weekend and their days off and we went to Florida.  We went to a few amusement parks, visited with family and took a River Tour.  We had a blast!

With increasing chilly weather at home, we decided we would sneak away to enjoy FALL in Florida.  Have you been there in the fall?  It’s perfect- lower humidity and still a lot of wildlife left to visit.   There are a lot of things to do during the fall season there.  Ocala/Marion County is close to central Florida, so we stopped there for a few days on our trip.

Ocala/Marion County offers its visitors classic and authentic Florida charm. It is known as the Horse Capital of the World™. From trail rides on horseback, great dining, shopping, golf, and countless outdoor activities. It was beautiful weekend stay in an adventurous, outdoor paradise!
A row of trees next to a body of water.

So, the only issue that I had was packing… what do you bring when you are cold here, but it is nice there? If you have Florida Travel in your fall plans, here are a few ideas:

1- Jeans.  A great pair of jeans is perfect to have in case you go out to dinner in the evenings.
2- An extra throw blanket.  If you go camping, an extra throw blanket will come in handy! If you aren’t the camping type, there are plenty of other options for Ocala/Marion County Lodging

3- A pair of sunglasses.  It was still sunny & beautiful, so we were all glad to have sunglasses.
4- Camera.  Any time of year is the perfect time for a camera, but if have Ocala/Marion County Activities planned, you may want to get some pictures of the Gators, you’re going to want a camera with a longer lens (if you are anything like me and don’t want to be too close)

A close up of an alligator entering the water.We took a lot of pictures on the river tours that we took while we were there (they have a singing river tour!) and it was great.  We saw a lot of things that certainly got the kids interested in nature & science.
5- A map.  I like to know where things are, but when you are hiking or camping, don’t rely on your iPhone to have service.   Ours didn’t, so we were happy to have a map (even though our son said that it was for “older people” hahaha!!  That’s ok.  It worked for us.
Oh!  And we took a compass with us so that the kids could watch which direction we were going on the River Tours.   They thought that was really cool…. so yay!

All in all, another great fall break!

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I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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