All Floridians know that our state is home to some of the best food in the Union, from the down-home fried chicken of the Panhandle to the zesty Latin flavors of Miami. If you want a little bit of both for your next meal, and are looking for a good excuse to invest in a new, road-trip ready Ford vehicle from Tropical Ford, we have a delightful restaurant road trip just for you — a trip from Orlando to Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe in Key West.
Start your adventure at Tropical Ford by picking out your
favorite model, from a potent truck to an efficient compact car. From here,
it’s time to head south. You may be tempted to take the fast route down the
Florida Turnpike, but may we suggest a slower, but more scenic, detour? Take
US-1 South. This alternative route will lead you on an hours-long jaunt through
the Everglades, an awe-inspiring sight to see no matter how many times you’ve driven
Once you make it to Key West, head straight to Frita’s, then
sink your teeth into one of their mouth-watering burgers. The patties are made
with a flavorful blend of pork and beef and topped fried potatoes and a secret
sauce, all on a deliciously soft Cubano bun.
For even more restaurant road trip destinations, give us a call at Tropical Ford. We’ll be happy to recommend more of our favorites.
If adventure is calling to you and you’re looking to have some fun with the whole family, we know the perfect Florida road trip for you. Located a couple hours away from Orlando, Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s oldest and largest parks. In terms of views and beautiful Floridian landscapes, the park is unparalleled. Particularly notable is the park’s canopy walkway, which will give you views like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Myakka River State Park presents an array of wildlife for you to explore, including wetlands, pine forests, and prairies. Although the landscapes of the park are impressive in their own right, they are even more impressive when experienced from above via the Myakka Canopy Walkway. The path suspends 25 feet above the ground and gives you a perfect vantage point for observation, allowing you to explore the local wildlife in a whole new way. You can also head to the tower on the walkway, which is an area that gives you a birds-eye view of the park.
If you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from this picturesque location, stop by Tropical Ford to browse our inventory of shiny new 2019 models.
Just because fall is here and school and work are back in full swing, that doesn’t mean you have to give up fun road trips. One of the most charming destinations to visit with your kids is Hunsader Farms, a pumpkin farm right in the heart of Bradenton.
Located about an hour south of Tampa, Hunsader Farms is the perfect place for a weekend day trip with the family in your new Ford vehicle. Hunsader Farms opens at the end of September and celebrates its 27th year this year with all kinds of special events throughout the season in addition to regular pumpkin patch visits.
The biggest Hunsader Farms activity is the Pumpkin Festival, which will take place over three weekends in October: the 13th and 14th, 20th and 21st, and 27th and 28th. The festival features a craft show, live music, games, hayrides and pony rides, a corn maze, and tons of food from homemade ice cream to pumpkin pie.
No matter when you visit Hunsader Farms, though, whether it’s during fall or not, this idyllic farm has fresh fruit to pick and delicious food to try. Use fresh pumpkin, squash, and more for pumpkin carving and fall-themed dishes, visit the farmers market for all kinds of fresh produce, or pick your own year-round.
For more sites to explore in the Bradenton area, contact us at Tropical Ford.
If you’re looking for your next food adventure in your Ford, the perfect place to go is the Dandee Donut Factory, home of the world’s best donut.
Dandee has been around since the 80s — and it’s been satisfying donut cravings ever since. No matter what kind of donut you’re in the mood for, you can get it here. That’s because Dandee Donut Factory has over 50 varieties of donuts.
All of these donuts are delicious and some are unlike any you’ve tried before. The folks at Dandee only use high-quality ingredients to ensure that every bite is irresistible. The shop makes each donut from scratch, so that means you get a unique donut, fresh out of the oven, each time you place an order.
If you have a long commute, stop by Dandee for a donut (or six…) and some coffee. The venue offers both iced and hot beverages, depending on your preference.
Dandee Donut Factory has three different locations — Hollywood, Pompano Beach, and Deerfield Beach — with the latter two being open 24 hours, 7 days a week! Visit one of these joints to have an impromptu donut picnic in the bed of your Ford F-150, or in the front seat of your Ford Focus.
For more dining suggestions in the Orlando area, contact us at Tropical Ford. We’ll be happy to recommend other favorite locations.
If you’re living near Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida, you may have been busy this summer taking weekend trips to the beach or spending days at Disney World or Universal Orlando. Extend the fun this season when you pack up your Ford for a family road trip. If you’re looking for a unique destination, you won’t be disappointed with a trip to the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale.
This museum offers Summer Sea Turtle Walks where visitors of all ages can get an amazing look at the life of sea turtles. Each year between spring and fall, sea turtles come out of the ocean to build nests on the beaches of Florida. Here they lay eggs at night time and return to the ocean while the eggs remain protected in the nests for an incubation period. Once the eggs have hatched, the baby sea turtles journey from their nests to the ocean.
The Summer Sea Turtle Walks at the Museum of Discovery begin in the evenings with a presentation on the life of sea turtles. From there, visitors are lead for a night walk on the beach by expert guides who will show the nesting grounds of sea turtles. Often times these walks feature breathtaking sea turtle sightings, but even when they don’t this unique Florida activity is worth the day trip.
Everyone knows about Orlando’s famous theme parks, but the truth is that Orlando has a whole lot more going for it than Disney. Teeming with culture thanks to its proximity to Central America and one of the most populous, tourist-friendly places in the country, Orlando is the perfect place to visit even if you don’t like theme parks.
One of the best attractions of Orlando is International Drive, an 11-mile thoroughfare in Orlando that takes you through the main tourist strip of the city. You can even ride a trolley through the streets to get the authentic Orlando experience!
Then there’s the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful theater where you can catch a musical or a concert. If you’re more of a history and science person, visit SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, where you can see over 500 skeletons.
If you want to do something outdoors to enjoy the beautiful Orlando weather, stop by the Harry P. Leu Gardens, where you can see beautiful rose gardens full of butterflies and other wildlife. Of course, these are just a few of the best tourist attractions in Orlando—visit the Visit Orlando website to find out much more!
Looking for things to do in Orlando? There are plenty of events and attractions in the area, but many of these locations are swamped with tourists for a large portion of the year. That’s why Tropical Ford has developed a list of fun things to do when the tourists aren’t around. Here are just some of the top attractions.
According to Trips to Discover, kids will love iFly Indoor Skydiving. This location provides you with a vertical wind tunnel to simulate a free-fall scenario. It’s safe for children as young as three, and many adults and seniors find this to be a thrilling experience. This is a great way to experience skydiving without the risks of the real thing.
Stop by the Kennedy Space Center. This is one location that has tons of visitors per year, but it’s also something that many native Orlando residents never actually visit this icon. The Kennedy Center has space-based history dating back over half a decade, including some of the latest innovations developed by NASA and private companies like SpaceX.
Finally, visit Gatorland. If you live in Florida, you must see the alligators. This place has a speedy zip line, training experiences, and unforgettable shows. These are some of the largest alligators in the state, making this a truly unforgettable time.
Go skydiving at iFly Indoor Skydiving, see the history of exploration at the Kennedy Space Center, and see the biggest alligators around at Gatorland. These are the top things to do when you’re in Orlando.
Location is important to many travelers and that factor has made Florida a tourist hotspot for decades now. The state has many attractions that make it one incredible place to visit and live. One could even argue that it’s the best state of them all. Here are several reasons why Florida is the best state in the country, from us here at Tropical Ford!
Seafood – Thanks largely to Florida’s location, fresh seafood is standard cuisine in the panhandle state. No matter where you go, you’re never far from fresh seafood. Some our favorites include the Florida stone crab and oysters!
Coral Reef – The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most well-known sea attractions in the world. Florida has a coral reef of its own and it’s a unique attraction here in the United States. The only coral reef in the country stretches along the Florida coast. Artificial reefs include sights like the USS Oriskany.
History – Believe it or not, Florida is home to the oldest settlement in the United States. St. Augustine has been regularly occupied since its founding, making it the oldest city in the United States. Originally founded by the Europeans upon arriving in the New World, St. Augustine serves as a historical foundation for much of Florida’s history.
Fall has finally arrived and a change in the season means a change in local events! From Halloween to events simply taking advantage of the cooler weather, there’s something for everyone. There are plenty of upcoming Orlando events to attend.
The Haunt at Old Town – Taking place every Friday and Saturday until October 31st, The Haunt at Old Town is designed to give even the toughest guests a scare. This event features five free haunts zones and an all-new Zombie Tag game that everyone will love. Two additional haunted houses require tickets. Other features include trick-or-treating for all ages, costume contests, muscle and classic car decorating contests, and much more!
Uncle Donald’s Farm – Kids and adults alike can enjoy a fun-filled adventure through a hay maze, take a hay ride, see uncommon animals, and more at Uncle Donald’s Farm. On October 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd, visitors can check out nocturnal animals with a “Walk on the Wildside” then visit the “Creepy Crawly Barn” full of reptiles. A pumpkin patch will also have pumpkins available for purchase.
Great Pumpkin Limited – Those in search of a unique fall adventure should stop by Orange Blossom Cannonball. There, families can take a ride on the Great Pumpkin Limited, a 45-minute trip that takes place inside a vintage coach pulled by a 1941 diesel locomotive. End the day watching as the kids pick their very own pumpkins!
The beach is the ideal place to go this summer. Do something a little different and truck camp on the beach this year. If you don’t know how to go about truck camping on the beach, here are some simple steps to follow:
Bring your F-150
The Ford F-150 will fulfill all of your towing needs. With a towing capacity of up to 11,800 pounds and a best-in-class payload capability, you’ll be able to bring all your camping equipment to the beach.
Bring the right equipment
A heavy duty tow strap, a vehicle jack, plywood board, a shovel, air pressure gauge, electric air compressor, fire extinguisher, and first aid kit are all essential truck camping equipment.
Be sure to wax your truck and your trailer to protect your vehicles from salt air exposure.
Have proper tire pressure
Make sure to have slightly lower air pressure than normal since you’ll be driving on the sand. Tires should be lowered to as low as 17 psi and as high as 25 psi.
Once you’re on the sand, make sure to take your foot off the gas so as not to drive your vehicle into the sand and put your truck in four-wheel drive.