Fall in Love with Florida’s West Coast in Sarasota

When many people think of Florida’s beaches, their minds quickly divert to the shining sands down in South Florida on the east coast. But a well-kept secret among native Floridians is the west coast, which boasts stunning sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico and a beach experience much more relaxed than those that host spring break party crowds.

Enter Sarasota, located on the southwestern coast of Florida, while it is a place of calming respite, it is a vibrant lifestyle with beachside views and culturally rich activities. Like many of our other day destinations, Sarasota is an easy 52 statute miles from Ridge Landing Airpark when you fly into Hidden River Airport.  (more…)

Lakeland Flying Tigers: The Aviation Community’s Team

Sports fans assemble! The Lakeland Flying Tigers are a minor league team based in Lakeland, FL, and they’re a team that you’ll want to check out, even if you’re not a diehard baseball fan. Why, you ask? Well, for starters, their playing field is a short 30 statute miles away, and you can easily squeeze a game into your day trip to Lakeland.

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Photo Credits: Lakeland Local.

Lakeland Flying Tigers In Florida

In our Lakeland destination post, you’ll notice that the MLB Detroit Tigers play at Joker Merchant Stadium for spring training, but if you’re looking for a better possibility of catching a ball game, the Lakeland Flying Tigers will be your best bet. Not only are their home games in Lakeland, but also the majority of their away games are in Florida, making it simple for you to fly to just about anyone.


Get that Small Town Feel in Groveland

The length of the flight from Ridge Park to Florida Flying Gators in Minneola is the perfect distance for any spontaneous trip – just 62 statute miles.  But the sheer shortness of the flight is not the only reason to head to Groveland for a little day trip away from Orlando.

Many times, we crave a slower lifestyle and the small town feel – and that’s exactly what you’ll get from Groveland. Located between Orlando and Tampa, this quaint pitstop is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and what the real Florida feels like.

The town has grown exponentially throughout the past decade, and it’s not for no reason. Here are some of the must-do’s on your daytrip to Groveland.


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