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Bucket List Adventures- Panama City Beach

Explore and Discover: Panama City, Florida

Good morning, from The Sunshine State! I’ve been exploring all of the amazing cities throughout The Florida Panhandle and I’m highlighting my favorite cities and beaches along Florida’s Emerald Coast!

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Beach

We started off at Laguna Beach and it was quite lovely. We then went on to explore Panama Beach. Again, lovely. The beaches in Panama are very touristy, but that’s half the fun right? Panama City Beach is filled with amusements and activities. The sand is powdery white, the warm Emerald green waters flow from The Gulf of Mexico and the waves are calm and relaxing.

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Marina

The Panama City Marina is off the Intercoastal Waterway, in nearby Downtown Panama. There are loads of boats, boats, boats and they are in immaculate condition. The atmosphere with all of the vessels out on the water is very relaxing. Whisk away!

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Pier

Across the street is the Russell-Fields Pier, and for a few bucks, you can walk across it. Fishermen flock here daily to cast their line into the Gulf waters. There were several food trucks out and about all lined up serving up beachside food and sweet beach treats.

Boardwalk

Pier Park is the booming entertainment and shopping hot spot in Panama City Beach. We enjoyed browsing all the local shops and taking the whole experience in. There are many novelty shops, clothing stores, and various restaurants. There are also attractions like the IMAX theater, virtual reality rides, and laser tag.

We had German food for lunch at Hofbrau Beer Gardens. I really loved the Bavarian experience we had at the pub! The live German polka music was the highlight of our outing here. The authenticity of the clothing, decor, and live music were spot on.

Pier Park is a must see when in the area. You undoubtedly will find something fun and entertaining for everyone in your party. Panama City is very popular tourist city offering tons of attractions for all ages. Panama is also a popular place for college kids out on spring break. Panama has a lively boardwalk and beautiful beaches making it the perfect vacation spot for families and friends.

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And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.” – Mary Oliver

 

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Bucket List Adventures- Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach, Fl. –Quiet Water Beach

I love the scenic stretch from Gulf Breeze as you cross the three-mile bridge through Pensacola Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. There is just something about crossing over and seeing the vast emerald waters sprawled before me. On one side of the waterway is the Gulf of Mexico, and the Santa Rosa Sound lies on the other. I know when I reach this point it feels I am going to my safe haven, my happy place, where my own girl-child is finally home.

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Downtown Pensacola is great for sips, bites, and activities. In Downtown Pensacola, you can shop and dine, visit museums and parks, and attend live music venues. Pensacola holds a lot of historical importance, and you can visit several landmarks and points of interest. Pensacola is famed for it’s Blue Angels Navel Air Show. You can also visit Gulf Islands National Seashore, and tour nearby Fort Barrancas and Fort Pickens.

I really enjoy Pensacola, and I visit the beach often. Pensacola is great for weekend getaways and family vacations. Once you cross over the toll bridge, you are now in your own little slice of paradise. Take your time enjoying the scenery and adventuring in nature at Pensacola Beach.

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The Pensacola Beach Boardwalk offers beach-goers sort of an all-inclusive resort-style experience. The iconic Shell amphitheater is your official Welcome to Pensacola Beach landmark. I usually splinter my time between the beach and the boardwalk.

My trip to the beach isn’t complete unless I take a stroll down the Pensacola Beach boardwalk and pier. I like to start off my Pensacola trip by exploring the boardwalk window shopping, and then immerse myself entirely at the beach. The boardwalk offers multiple restaurants including fresh seafood straight from The Gulf of Mexico. The boardwalk also is home to live entertainment venues, boutique stores, and surf shops. At the boardwalk, you can get your face painted, henna hand tattoos, shell mermaid hair crowns, airbrushed tees, caricature drawings, handmade seashell jewelry, unique souvenirs and more.

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At the boardwalk, you can take a boat tour on a glass bottom boat, speedboat or catamaran. They offer both exciting daytime and quaint sunset dolphin tours.

The Premier Dolphin Cruise boards at Pensacola Beach’s boardwalk and travels through Gulf Islands National Seashore and the Santa Rosa Sound. The Premier boat cruise offers guests a relaxing and informational two-hour ride aboard a 63’ catamaran. After exploring the boardwalk, it’s time to soak up some sun at the pristine Pensacola Beach!

Every Memorial weekend Pensacola Beach holds an annual pride festival on the beach. During Memorial Weekend all of the nightclubs have special events going on. The favorite spots here are Capt’n Fun’s Beach Club and Bamboo Willie’s. Parking can be atrocious, so I’d recommend getting a hotel on the beach so you can walk freely, or in the vicinity of the beach events and activities.

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The gentle emerald waters of Pensacola’s Quietwater Beach are particularly inviting. The water at Pensacola is actually pretty calm, and the waves aren’t too big. This makes Pensacola Beach the perfect place for small children and families to enjoy a full beach day. The temperature of the waters usually always pretty warm, and sometimes it may be a little cooler depending on when you go.

Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail is a natural habitat preservation area near Pensacola beach. The Eco Trail preserves nature and wildlife by bringing awareness to protecting sea life and the environment. The Eco Trail is a safe haven for nesting sea turtles, fish, birds, crabs and more.

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The Graffiti Bridge is situated over the cities old railroad tracks. The Graffiti Bridge is ever-changing and continuously evolving. The artists paint graffiti on the bridge and surrounding area of the railway. You will see a variety of artistic expressions ranging from love professions, personal sentiments, and intimate and raw street art.

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Pensacola Love Locks is my favorite discovery at The Graffiti Bridge. Many couples visit to place a padlock on the fence as a symbol of their love and solidarity. The idea is that loving couples would attach their locks to the fence to profess their love and commitment to one another. Then the couples would, in turn, toss the key for their devotion to remain locked through time!

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I love visiting all of the beaches located on Florida’s Gulf Coast and Florida’s Emerald Coast from Pensacola down to Destin and beyond. Pensacola Beach offers vacationers many surf shops, souvenirs stores, restaurants and other attractions. I genuinely enjoy everything far and in between Pensacola, Fort Walton, Okaloosa, Navarre, Destin, Miramar, and Panama. Florida’s Gulf Coast and Emerald Coast have beaches for days and days! So, which amazing beach do you want to visit next?

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

 

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“I have always been the woman of my dreams.” – Nayyirah Waheed

 

 

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Bucket List Adventures- Branson

 

Hello, from The Show Me State: Missouri

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Missouri has a variety of landscapes that offer spectacular scenic views of the prairie lands, rolling hills, the Ozark mountains, forests, and lakes. In Missouri, you can sightsee, engage in many water activities, go hiking in the trails, explore deep caves, watch world-class shows and so much more!

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Historic Downtown Branson is lined up with shopping districts, dining options, theater shows and attractions. Branson is known best for its live entertainment!

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Route 76 Country Blvd is the hub for festivities. On Country Blvd. you check out the amusement park, theaters, and boardwalk. The Branson Ferris Wheel all lit up really stands out. They also have Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Titanic museum, zip lining, mini-golf, go-karts and more! It’s even better at night with all of the flashing and neon lights. I loved seeing all of the famed Branson theaters lined up in this iconic entertainment district!

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Branson Landing is great for shopping, dining and viewing the fountain show. I walked alongside the Taneycomo Lakefront at Branson Landing and watched the magical fire, water, and music fountain show! the animated fountain show is a true spectacle!

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Popular Branson Theater Shows: Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, The Haygoods, Celtic Ladies, Presley’s Country Jubilee, Six, Sights and Sound Theater, Acrobats of China, Amazing Pets, Broadway’s Greatest Hits, Hamner’s Unbelievable Variety Show and more!

Top Branson Attractions: Showboat Branson Belle, Silver Dollar City, Marvel Cave, Titanic Museum, College of the Ozarks, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Table Rock Lake, Veteran’s Memorial Museum, Downtown Historic Branson, The Branson Landing and many more!

Silver Dollar City and Marvel Cave offer park-goers an opportunity to take a step back into the 1800’s. In this amusement park, Silver Dollar, offers visitors period demonstrations, amusement rides, and good old-fashioned fun! Silver Dollar City is home to Marvel Cave, and the amusement park is actually built around it. Marvel Cave is a living limestone cave, and dates back to the 1500’s!

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Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is actually the largest trout fish conservation center. The conservation facility has upwards of 35,000 rainbow and brown trout fish birthed in the aquarium tanks. The majority of the fish are rehomed in Lake Taneycomo. You can also stroll the little gardens and see many butterflies.

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Table Rock Dam is definitely to be admired and marvel at the architecture of the dam. Table Rock Dam was completed in 1959 to serve the purpose of damning the White Water and resulted in a new lake, Lake Taneycomo to be formed. The grounds and views of Table Rock Lake reservoir are quite special.

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Table Rock Lake is widely popular for outdoor recreation and water sports. Table Rock Lake is an artificial lake with many attractions for visitors and locals alike. At Table Rock Lake you can visit marinas, beaches, and swimming holes, and also engage in boating activities, sightseeing tours and even more.

Table Rock State Park is perfect for outdoor adventures including campsites, picnic sites, swimming spots, biking and hiking trails, fishing, and much more. There are amazing views of the Ozark mountains!

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State Park Marina is your go-to place for water sports. You are able to take catamaran boat tours or rent your own paddleboards or boats at the State Park Marina. There is also concessions, a food spot, and a gift shop.

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Moonshine Beach is part of Table Rock Lake and has sparkling blue water like the ocean, minus the saltwater. Moonshine beach offers picnic and play areas, hiking trails, swimming and boating, and a volleyball court.

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Sight and Sound Theatres is a live theater show where cast reenacts some of the most famous stories in the bible. Sight and Sound Theatres puts on famed bible stories such as Moses, Samson, and Jonah.

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College of the Ozark’s- is a Christian faith-based, tuition-free college that promotes self-sufficiency by having students utilize and work on the land. The college’s motto is Hard Work U and encourages personal development and hard work ethic. The college has an on-site church, museum, restaurant and more. College of the Ozark’s overlooks the beautiful Ozark Mountains and Lake Taneycomo.

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The Top of The Rock Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail is a top recreational resort property offering guests lodging, dining, golfing and golf-cart tours through paved trails and the on-site cave. The Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail afford visitors with beautiful scenic views of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake.

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Branson is a lively city known for its entertainment varieties and beautiful geography. In Branson, you can catch world-famous shows and performances! Branson is situated perfectly in the Ozark mountains and offers many outdoor activities!

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All my Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” -Roman Payne