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I am taking the kids to FL in January, and though it would be fun to start learning about the places we'll visit (The Keys, Sea World, Palm Beach, the ocean, dunes, more)
If you have any books on any of the animals at Sea World, the ocean, ocean creatures, glass bottom boats, the Keys, Sannibel Island, Florida, or Sea World, I'd love to have a look at your shelf. Please let me know. =)
Look for the book Off The Beaten Path Florida... I don't have one available however there's 4 different editions available
Florida Off the Beaten Path, 7th: A Guide to Unique Places 2002 0762723610
Florida Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places 1998 076270263X
Off the Beaten Path - Florida (4th ed) 1996 1564409619
Florida (Off the Beaten Path) 1993 1564402428
You might also write to each area you will be visiting and they will send you free information
Try looking here http://www.visitflorida.com/
Here's a vacation Planning kit for Orlando http://www.orlandoinfo.com/vacationkit/index.cfm
Florida Keys http://www.fla-keys.com/
I'm one of the rare Native Floridian and know Florida pretty well expecially Orlando.
I would say if your going to visit Florida then a must see is the Manatees Crystal River area on the Gulf coast has Manatee Gardens where you can view the manatees under water by walking into a makeshift boat that has windows in it below the water. http://www.visitflorida.com/destinations/area.php/ca=50
I personally prefer the gulf coast area for my vacations. There's also lots of things to see of Florida History in the Tallahassee area (State Capital). The Keys are nice but I think kids would get bored there. Plus the drive is long, from Orlando is 6 hours to the last key...
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have....
I have 3 books as well as a video tape that I was going to use for the water cycle. They are Drop Around the World, Teacher's Guide to Drop Around the World, Where the Waters Run Deep (video by Moody Science classics), and Mighty Oceans....a Golden book. I have them listed on Ebay right now, but if they don't sell there and you'd be interested in them, let me know and we'll get it arranged through Paperbackswap.