Family Adventures

Merrell Shoes: Why we love them and you will too

Shoes by the company Merrell are the most comfortable shoes Al’s Army Navy carries. Many of the sales associates wear these shoes, and the owner is a huge fan as well. If you want a lightweight, waterproof shoe or hiking boot that is great for outdoor activities, look not further than Merrell.

It was founded by Clark Matis, Randy Merrell, and John Schweizer in 1981 as an American made hiking boot. Over the years, they have perfected their craft even further by offering more options.

You will feel comfortable enough wearing these shoes around town or on a trail. They offer men, women and kids sizes, as well as clothing for every occasion. Train for a competition in these shoes or simply walk around the neighborhood.

Merrell shoes and clothing are quality pieces that stand up to years of wear and tear. It’s why we carry them in our stores and wear them in our down time. Come in to our stores and see what all the hype is about. We can also order you anything we don’t currently stock by Merrell.

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Amazing Camping Locals in Florida

Florida is full of adventure and great spots for camping. There are quite a few destinations that are worth the trip nearby. Take the family on a weekend outing they will never forget. Make sure to stop by our locations for everything you will need for your family adventure. Below are a few places we recommend for any outdoor seeker.

Blue Springs State Park

Blue Springs is a much beloved Floridian favorite. Located in Orange City, the local is a convenient trek for anyone in Central Florida. You can spot manatees there for months on end (mid-November to March) and other native Florida wildlife. Admission is only $6 per vehicle and a campsite is $24 a night. Have fun swimming in these cold spring waters, or bring an inner tube for maximum relaxation.

Bahia Honda State Park

Located in Big Pine Key, this spot is famous for its view of the Old Railroad Bridge overlooking the water. Snorkeling is a very popular leisure activity here, with crystal clear water to see everything beneath you. Cycling, fishing and picnicking are just a few of the popular options for a day here. A campsite is $36 a night.

Hillsborough State Park

This park is just twenty miles from Tampa, and is located in Thonotosassa. It opened for the first time in 1938, so it has a natural history that you will be sure to enjoy. It features Class II rapids, a pool with a charming cafe and Fort Foster. Admission will cost you $6 per vehicle and $24 a night for a camping site. Canoes, bikes and golf carts are available for rent as well.

Juniper Springs Recreation Area

Located in the Ocala National Forest, Juniper Springs features magnificent waters, natural trails, and beautiful sites. It is one of the oldest and best known recreation areas in Florida. Swim in crystal clear waters, dine at the picnic tables or go on a run down the miles of trails. The trails were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Hundreds of springs can be found here amongst a dense canopy of lushes greenery. It will cost you about $13 per night to park here plus $21 a night to camp.

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Things to do in Florida in the month of August

 

Florida is always a place where adventure can be found, from Pensacola to Key West. As native Floridians, we have a lot of options, especially in the month of August, to keep ourselves entertained. Why not have fun and enjoy nature and the outdoors at the same time? Below are some ideas for you and your family to have a great time this month.

 

Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament– This event has a 14 year history with thousands of anglers participating. This is a huge event that bring out fisherman and families alike. The competition includes several separate subcategories, including billfish, fun fish, and junior angler. There is also a dockside BBQ party at the end of the event which includes an award ceremony.

When: August 1st through the 5th

Where: Marina Jack, Sarasota

 

Night in the Islands– This festival is held six times a year and is a much beloved event amongst the Greek community. Experience what Tarpon Springs has to offer on the famous sponge docks. Partake in Greek cuisine and get free Greek dance lessons. Live music and great atmosphere are sure to make this event a hit.

When: August 5th

Where: Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

 

Daytona Flea Market Arts and Crafts Show– Every month the Daytona Flea Market sets aside one day for local artisans and craftspeople around Florida to bring their items for sale. You can find things from vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, to classic furniture pieces.

When: August 13th

Where: Daytona Flea and Farmers Market, Daytona Beach

 

Strawberry Classic Car Show– If you like the classics, then you are sure to love this event. Classic cars, classic music, and delicious street food vendors will be on hand at this fun family event. A BBQ, raffle, DJ, and kids events are sure to show you and your family a great time.

When: August 19th

Where: Union Station Depot, Plant City

 

Mount Dora Seafood Festival– This delicious annual event is a tradition for Central Florida. You can try the region’s best fresh and local seafood. Local businesses abound at this event where you can sample the best fish Florida has to offer.

When: August 26th and 27th

Where: Elizabeth Evans Park in Mount Dora

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Little-known adventures in your own backyard

 

There are many little-known gems in Central Florida that can alter your reality in just a short car ride. These places are not only entertaining, but unique and beautiful in their own way. Enjoy nature and all it has to offer.

Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

This place is full of different ways you and your family can connect with nature. With dolphin tours, education programs and even camps, you are sure to find something to do that is entertaining. Guided kayak tours allow you to experience the calm of the Indian River Lagoon and learn about the importance of taking care of our waterways.

With the Dolphin Discovery Tours, experience the beauty of nature and all it has to offer on a 36-foot pontoon boat. See dolphins, birds, and the simplicity of observing. You are sure to take home memories from Marine Discovery Center with whatever excursion you choose.

The Black Hammock

Enjoy nature on an exciting air boat ride just outside Orlando. Travel through nature and experience what old Florida was like. Hearing protection and life jackets are also provided for safety. You can even set up specialty rides if you call ahead and reserve your appointment.

The scenery changes with every season, so there is always something new to see each time you visit. You will see a variety of animal life, including alligators, turtles, and different types of birds. The Lazy-Gator Bar offers lakeside views and a full service bar to relax in nature with live entertainment on the weekends.

Whatever your choice, it’s nice to get away from the mundane and the ordinary and experience nature and all it has to offer.

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Adventurous and family friendly ideas for Floridians on only a tank of gas

Last minute get away ideas before the kids go back to school.

An air boat ride that will make your family genuinely appreciate nature.

Kenansville, Florida in Osceola County offers a lot for those that appreciate nature. Wild Florida air boat tours are sure to be a family hit. Make sure to bring the ear plus though, those air boat fans are quite loud. Your family can expect to see all types of wildlife on the tour, including blue herons, gators, and more.

You can truly appreciate what wild Florida looked like just a few hundred years ago. This land is virtually untouched by development, and allows for a great family escape to appreciate the little things in life. Kenansville is only a few miles from Florida’s Turnpike in Osceola County. Be sure to book your air boat rides in advance.

Frolic in the treetops in beautiful Crystal River.

Tree Top Adventure at Faith Haven Christian Retreat Center allows visitors to push themselves to the ultimate limit in this obstacle course more than 20 feet above ground. A system of ropes and tethers keeps you safe while you try to navigate the treetops.

Once strapped in, visitors climb a ladder to the skies and must find a way passed obstacles all while safely roped in. Climb around obstacles and zip down cable lines. Visitors can go through the course as many times as they choose during their allotted two hours. The business hopes to build self-confidence and strength in visitors through the challenges in the course.

For the adventurous family, try flyboarding.

In Palma Sola Bay in Manatee County, flyboarding is a recreational activity that may look strange at first, but packs quite a punch for thrill seekers. A water propelled jetpack straps to your feet, and uses the force of water underneath you to propel you upwards into the sky. You get to fly above water in the ultimate freeing experience.

People say it is actually much easier than it looks, and the worst case scenario is feeling like you are falling off a diving board back into the water. Just squeeze the throttle to be propelled into the air. For an adventurous family, this is the ultimate in an truly unique experience.

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