Winter in Florida: Let’s Go OUTSIDE To Play
When the rest of the nation is digging out in February, we are embracing every outdoor activity we can find. Winter in Florida is truly the best time of year. Temperatures aside, though they are picture perfect, the sky is bright blue. The rain is pretty much non-existent. The bugs are hiding out and the birds abound, thanks to our friends to the north.
In a place where summer temperatures sore into the 90s, winter in Florida is quite the opposite. This is our time to get out and soak in the natural beauty that abounds up and down our expansive coastal beaches, parks and neighborhoods.
This past weekend I had the great opportunity to introduce our girls to a new beach only moments from our new home near Tampa. Once the fear of the unfamiliar sand in their toes passed, they squealed with glee, and ran and ran and ran. Watching them delight in the natural beauty all around was such a treat and gift. They dug in the sand and built castles. They made up new games, collected shells and bounced with delight as they watched dolphins frolic just off the shore line.
No “Leapster” games. No “NickJr.” No crayons, paints, dollies or glue. Just absolute entertainment and delight in exploring their natural world. So, this weekend, we can’t wait to do it again. This time, I’m bringing my book and umbrella. They are bringing their kites and maybe a Barbie or two; heaven knows the sand castle needs stylish residents.
We will all soak in the beauty that is winter in Florida.