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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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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.

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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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Sightsee in Seaside Town: Vero Beach

Just a quick 73-mile shot east of Ridge Landing, you’ll find Vero Beach – a small seaside town that touts just as many interesting activities on land as those on the water. Many Floridians don’t get the chance to visit Vero Beach, but mostly only because they don’t know much about it. This surf-friendly destination is a well-kept sanctuary for leisure-lovers. Next time you’ve got a free day and want to explore somewhere new, take the plane over to Vero Beach Municipal Airport and prepare for a day either on land or out at sea. We’ve got some great tips to get you started.
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Plan A Day Trip To Port Orange

When people think of the east coast of Florida, Port Orange isn’t usually the destination that comes to mind. But this town just outside of Daytona Beach is a great day vacation destination if you are looking to relax and enjoy the perks unique to the Sunshine State. If you have any friends at Spruce Creek Property Owners Association, call them up – the flight into Spruce Creek Airport is just 98 statute miles. Otherwise, you can coast into Daytona Beach International Airport, just 104 statute miles from Ridge Landing.

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Lakeland For a Little Bit of Everything

Perhaps you’ve already been to Lakeland for the annual Sun ‘n’ Fun Fly-In, held in April. Haven’t been yet? Well then you’ve already got a reason to head over to Lakeland – the six-day convention is a must-do for aviation enthusiasts. After all, Lakeland Linder Regional Airpark is a mere 30 statute miles away from Ridge Landing Airpark. Land in Lakeland on your next off day, and prepare for a day full of festivities, because Lakeland holds a host of activities to entertain every type of person.

For those unfamiliar with the city, it is located in Polk County just outside of Tampa. So when you’re looking for a change of scenery but don’t want the busyness of a big city, make touchdown just a bit east of Tampa in Lakeland. This smaller city is home to the largest on-site collection of Frank Wright architecture. What else is there to do in Lakeland during a day trip from Ridge Landing? Let us enlighten you… (more…)

Transport To Island Time In Key West (EYW)

The southernmost island in the Florida Keys, Key West is known for its eclectic culture, bar scene and island perks. The island also has quite a few famous residents on its roster, once lending land to author Ernest Hemingway and “Margaritaville” musician Jimmy Buffett, just to name a couple.

With Key West International Airport (EYW) an 80-minute flight from Ridge Landing, you can transport to island time swiftly and accessibly. And what better way to wash away your worries than to spend a day on an island, cutting off from reality and letting the laidback lifestyle soothe you.

Many Florida residents surprisingly have never been to Key West, though it is a popular tourist destination. But that doesn’t have to be the case for Ridge Landing residents, because the trip is too easy not to take! Whether you’ve been to Key West before or you’re finally ready to fly in for the first time, there is quite an abundance of activities on this island despite its approximate 1-by-3-mile size. (more…)

Coast Into Boca Raton: The Gold Coast’s Luxury Beach Town

Ready to take a day trip to South Florida but don’t want to deal with the tourist traps? Travel to the Treasure Coast’s lesser-known gem, Boca Raton, which is just 132 statute miles from Ridge Landing’s centrally located residential airpark. You’ll fly into Boca Raton Airport, which offers an easy opportunity for you to hop onto Interstate 95, the main artery for Florida’s eastern shoreline cities. (more…)



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