Southwest Florida conjures images of palm trees, boating, golfing and relaxing poolside. This month, we’re venturing off the beaten path to share some unique things to do. Have you ever given an elephant a bath? Or would you rather step back in time? Maybe you’re an architecture enthusiast? Check out some of the hidden gems of our area below.


  • Buckaroos and Bulls: Arcadia RodeoCLICK HERE – cowboys probably aren’t the first thing you think of when someone says Florida but the Arcadia Rodeo is a treat.
  • A Glimpse into Utopia: Koreshan State ParkCLICK HERE – Did you know there was a community in Estero founded in 1893 as a communal utopia? It’s now a park with 11 historic buildings.
  • A Castle Built from Imagination: Solomon’s CastleCLICK HERE – a hand- built castle constructed from aluminum printing plates.
  • An Architecture Legacy: Frank Lloyd Wright Center at Florida Southern College – CLICK HERE – this is the largest single site collection of Wright’s architecture in the world.
  • Unforgettable Encounter: Myakka Elephant RanchCLICK HERE – Elephant conservation ranch offering a once in a lifetime experience to interact with elephants.