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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…)

Destination: Fly Into Sunny St. Petersburg

With Ridge Landing being centrally located in Florida, it’s almost impossible not to leave the airpark and explore what our great state has to offer. After all, Ridge Landing is only a 20-minute flight away from some of the best beaches in Florida; why not take advantage of the convenient location? Fly into SPG and take a day trip westward to “The Sunshine City” of the Sunshine State, St. Petersburg, and prepare for a day full of fun.

Albert Whitted Airport is the perfect place for personal aviation pilots to fly into for a destination trip to St. Pete. There’s a reason this city is one of the most popular destinations in Florida; it boasts some of the top-rated beaches in the state as well as a vibrant downtown area rich with history. Are you ready to experience St. Pete? Try one (or both!) of these two day trip ideas when you fire up the engine and take flight to Florida’s Gulf Coast. (more…)

Taking A Flight Up To Cedar Key From Ridge Landing

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A view of the George T. Lewis Airport runway from a single engine airplane.

While the name may have anyone new to the area thinking Cedar Key is one of the infamous Florida Keys, this quaint little area is actually on the Gulf coast and about an hour drive Southwest of Gainesville. However, just because it isn’t a small piece of land sitting in the ocean, there are still beautiful sites to see – and we’re going to tell you just what they are.

Flying Into George T. Lewis Airport

When you’re planning your trip to Cedar Key, Florida – the most convenient airport would be the George T. Lewis Airport which is a little less than a mile from Cedar’s main amusements. Defined as an “old fashioned” vacation spot, Cedar Key is kind of like a tropical version of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. With lush nature walks, preserved parks, great fishing spots, and a lack of traffic lights, this is the best low-key location to get away for a few days.

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Planning Your Visit To Merritt Island

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Merritt Island is not only Florida’s largest island, but also one of the most entertaining spots to plan a weekend getaway to. Whether you want to indulge in the history of the Kennedy Space Center, or catch some of the waves on Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island is the place for you and your family to do both. Of course, we often write about the great golf courses that the sunshine state has to offer, but this has to be one of our favorite spots to visit for the overall area.

So, let’s get the basics out of the way – how do you get there from our Ridge Landing Residential Airpark? While there are a few local airports you can fly into, we recommend landing your aircraft at the Merritt Island Airport which is a section of the Titusville-Cocoa Airport. With the flight totaling around 36 minutes, you may want to stay the night and take advantage of the short trip, and even better news – their tie down fees are very affordable.

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Accessing Marco Island From Ridge Landing Airpark

While some residents of Florida may have lost their “vacation,” feel for the sunshine state, there are still plenty of hidden treasures that will allow our residents at Ridge Landing to feel like a tourist once again. One of our favorite flying destinations is just a swift flight to the Gulf Coast and contains 100 miles of waterway within just 24 miles of land. Marco Island, although familiar sounding, is a place that many residents of Florida never travel to. However, we’re going to lay out everything that you need to know to plan your personal flight and visit to Marco Island.

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Enjoying Some Aviation History At Earhart’s Runway Grill

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A view of the bar area within Earhart’s Runway Grill

It’s no surprise of the history that Amelia Earhart left behind within the aviation world – and it’s that passion for aviation’s history that led one married couple to open Earhart’s Runway Grill located in Lakeland, Florida. At Ridge Landing Residential Airpark, along with being flight enthusiasts, we appreciate those pilots who paved the way to travel in the sky the way we currently can – which is why we highly recommend flying into this grill.

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Grab A Bite At The Happy Hangar Café

Sometime over the past few decades, the TSA became an intimidating resource – which could be the overall point – however, it can sometimes be inconvenient for frequent flyers that pilot their own planes and want to fly into more exclusive, once stunning airports. In Florida, it can be difficult to find a landing strip that isn’t surrounded by layers of metal fencing, but for our Ridge Landing residents, we’ve found the perfect hangar hangout that takes you back in time.

The Happy Hangar Café is one of the best hangar’s to fly into whether you want a scenic view that isn’t blocked by fencing or great food – this is the place to go. Located in Tampa just off Wesley Chapel Blvd, you know this is the place to be when they have some of the best ranked wings in town – and there’s nothing like a smooth morning of flying across the sunshine state to then grab some amazing food.
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