Best Way to Enjoy New Year’s Day: Kayak The Loxahatchee

On New Year’s Day last year, we planned a group adventure to kayak the Loxahatchee River. The Loxahatchee is one of the most scenic of south Florida waterways.

Kayak the Loxahatchee at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, located in Hobe Sound, Florida on the Loxahatchee River, offers a variety of outdoor activities. Our group rented kayaks and canoes, while other park visitors filled the seats of a sunset river cruise. 

The winter months are the best time to kayak in south Florida. It was cool and comfy out on the river; I think these creatures would agree.

One of the reason’s we like to kayak the Loxahatchee is to get up close to the wildlife. You never know what you’re going to see.

Our group chose two person or tandem kayaks, but honestly, I think a single kayak is easier to handle. If only one person is doing the heavy work, then a tandem is great.

The general store handles all rentals and boat tickets as well as hosts a concession stand and umbrella tables to eat riverside. A pavilion with picnic tables stands nearby with extra seating and also convenient restrooms. 

Can’t think of a better way to spend a day than with family and friends.

Mapping your trip down the river

You might be wondering how to navigate your kayak on the Loxahatchee if you’re a visitor to the area. It was pretty easy.

The waterways are wide and easy to paddle. We received a map with the kayak rentals and made sure to agree to an easy path. I then stuck the map in a ziploc bag to keep dry along the way.

There were other people on the water, as well as a regularly traveling tour boat. Seeing other boaters gave us confidence we would be able to contact help if needed. We had no problems.

Happy New Year! Day 1 – A Day Well Spent.

Theme Park Christmas Trees: Which Park Wins?

Which theme park offers more magic in Orlando this Christmas?

Many guests to Central Florida’s two major theme parks this season are in agreement. The 2020 holiday displays at Universal Orlando rival that of Disney. In some cases, Universal even beats Disney for the best of 2020. Lots of fans are talking about the extravagant theme park Christmas trees this year. Here’s how the two parks compare.

How does the Universal Holiday Tree Hunt compare to Disney’s Christmas Tree Stroll?

Universal has many extravagantly themed Christmas Trees this year worthy of a visit. Such as the Harry Potter, Grinch, and Hello Kitty Trees. Universal’s tree decorators were hard at work this year. The trees are in locations that make sense and add to the experience of the holidays at the park. You can easily purchase many ornaments from the trees to decorate your own themed tree at home if you like.

Disney Changes it’s Tree Trail to Tree Stroll

Disney’s Christmas tree exhibit is staged differently this year due to the pandemic. Formerly a tree trail, it is now a stroll. So, there is no designated area to enjoy the trees as in years past. There used to be a Christmas themed area where you could walk under falling manmade snow and meander down a path lined with holiday trees. Not so this year. They are spread throughout Disney Springs to facilitate better social distancing.

The problem is that the trees themselves apart from each other don’t feel quite as magical. They each contain a showcase ornament in a locked lantern. The rest of the tree’s ornament’s are of less interest, though themed to a specific character or movie. They are large and festive, but each alone leaves the Disney Christmas Tree Stroll a little lackluster.

What was magical about the experience of the Tree Trail was a single destination that combined falling snow, a hot chocolate booth, special treats, and trees with overhead string lights and other holiday set features. The trees this year, standing alone througout Disney Springs in random spots make the Tree Trail less of an event and they seem to just be a part of the background decorations.

When compared to Disney’s Tree Trail in Disney Springs, Universal’s Holiday Tree Hunt comes out the winner for 2020.

But what about snacks and other holiday food and experiences at the parks? Read on to see what AllAboutEars.Com has to say about who wins Christmas this year.