Wordful Wednesday: Florida Vacation Issue I

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. More info. in my tabber box titled WW on the right. Thank you for playing along!

I’ve been meaning to blog about our family vacation in SW Florida for a few weeks now.  I’ve procrastinated and procrastinated because I have so many pictures that it’s almost overwhelming for me to try to divide the photos into categories, and then pick the best of the lot for display.

To that end, I’ve chosen my favorite TEN photos for today’s post from just a few minutes of our vacation.

So, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

These pictures were taken at Lory Landing in Busch Garden, Tampa.  Such a cool place to take the kids.  Within Lory Landing, for a mere 5 bucks (I’m being facetious here) one can buy nectar which the Lorikeet’s LOVE.  They swoop down and start slurping up the nectar like they’ve never eaten before.  The free-flight observational environment also has hornbills, pheasants and other birds that I wouldn’t know the name of to save my life.

My kids LOVED it.  Loved it.

So did Jeff and I, really.

And the nectar?  Totally worth it, even if it was highway robbery.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Ha, love that red bird on everyone’s head! We’ve done something similar before and it is tons of fun! Great pictures and fun times!!

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    alicia
    Twitter: projectalicia
    says:

    So jealous. Looks like so much fun. And WARM!!

  3. 3

    Ok, so the birds are cool and all but there is no way I would hold that nectar.

    Bird flying at me or around me totally freaks me out.

    Awesome pictures. 🙂

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    Mrs.Mayhem
    Twitter: motheringmayhem
    says:

    Those photos are so fun! Looks like evryone was having a blast!

    $5 is a lot for the nectar, but think of it as the cost of the awesome experience.

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    Nicole@ Moments that Define Life
    Twitter: MTDLBlog
    says:

    I totally don’t have my post ready……but I wanted to comment that the birds…would totally freak me out. I’m not gonna lie. 🙂 Very cool that the kids enjoyed it though! I would be hiding….outside of the bird area.

    PS: I started a Meme…..it didn’t start with a bang……but I think it might have potential. Apparently, no one cares about my wanting to protect Justin Bieber from the potential pitfalls of stardom. Who knew? And I want to add, that if you’re little cuties became the next big thing – they would totally be ok because they’d have you keeping them straight. And their big sisters to beat them up…..

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    Honey Mommy says:

    I bet my boys would LOVE that! How cool to have the birds land on you.

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    Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves says:

    I like pretty birds…as long as they’re not on my head. Eek! A little scary.

  8. 8

    Wow..you guys are brave!! I would be scared to do that! But, I do love all those colors!

  9. 9
    Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
    Twitter: RachelVoorhees
    says:

    Love your pictures and so glad you had a fabulous trip!

  10. 10

    Oh I’d LOVE to do that. But oy… $5?? LOL

  11. 11
    Buckeroomama
    Twitter: buckeroomama
    says:

    That looks like such a lot of fun –for the kids! I’m sure I’d enjoy it, too. 🙂

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    Deb - Mom of 3 Girls
    Twitter: debmomof3
    says:

    Oh I haven’t been to Busch Gardens since I was a kid! Looks like you guys had a fun time there – love the photos! 🙂

  13. 13

    You can do that in San Francisco. Except the birds are pigeons and the nectar is bird seed you buy from this homeless looking person w/ poop all over her clothes. I think it was cheaper than $5. lol.

    Looks like the kids LOVED it. So that’s worth $5.

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    Mrs. Marine
    Twitter: mrsmarine
    says:

    Wonderful collage! Looks like so much fun!!!

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    Amy
    Twitter: FamilyTrifecta
    says:

    Isn’t it awful how much the nectar costs? But yes, it is totally worth it. I love the brightness of the colors you captured. Great photos.

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    Kisha Floren
    Twitter: kishafloren
    says:

    What a cool experience! They will remember that forever!

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    Erin
    Twitter: ErinsMiracles
    says:

    We took the boys to the LB Aquarium and they have a Lorikeet enclosure, and OMG it was so much fun!
    The smiles on your kids face just tells the story!

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    Kara @ His, Hers and Ours
    Twitter: KandJplus5
    says:

    Did y’all stay in the Tampa area, or did you go farther South? I’m in North Fla…and must say, I love the Tampa/St. Pete area. Gorgeous beaches!

    I have never heard of Lory Landing, but your pictures are gorgeous! How fun!

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    Vanessa (Chefdruck)
    Twitter: FrenchFoodieMom
    says:

    Your kids are fearless. We did this at the Columbus zoo and one of the birds nipped my 4 year old. No blood but lots of tears. Pretty birds but tough beaks!

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    dysfunctional mom says:

    We went to Busch Gardens last year, it was a blast!
    I have that same dilemma with pictures; it’s so hard to pic a few for the blog and not post a million pictures!

  21. 21
    Jessica
    Twitter: fourplusanangel
    says:

    I’m really not good with birds, especially not on my head. But I would take the warmth and sunny in a heartbeat.

  22. 22
    blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell says:

    That’s actually such a cool experience, but do they poop on you? That’s what I’d be worried about. I’m such a worrywart.

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    Paula Kiger
    Twitter: biggreenpen
    says:

    LOL – cool pix and I didn’t know about that bird-feeding option at Busch Gardens (and I live in FL!). Similar highway robbery deal at Sea World with feeding dolphins, though – you can stand there for free – a LONG WAY away from the dolphins or buy about 25 cents worth of fish for $7 and stand closer and actually feed the dolphins. Guess what we chose?!

  24. 24

    i love that it’s good for the kids and fun too!!!!

  25. 25
    Abby Approved says:

    Looks like fun!

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    Evonne
    Twitter: _MamaJules_
    says:

    How cute! We have lorikeets at our aviary. They really do love that nectar!

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    @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman
    Twitter: pamelamkramer
    says:

    Such cute kids! Looks like you all had a great time.

  28. 28
    Diane
    Twitter: bestillaminute
    says:

    Great shots! We went to a zoo in Columbia, SC with a bird santuary just like that. My boys loved it!

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    Dawn
    Twitter: 7alltogether
    says:

    wow! my younger kids would love that too-my oldest doesn’t like birds-looks like alot of fun-FL always sounds so nice by this time each winter

  30. 30
    Pamela - Panty Liner Bandit WW
    Twitter: lotsospermies
    says:

    These birds look like they’re enjoying your family to the fullest…

    P.S. I double linked, oops and sorry!

  31. 31

    Our zoo does this too, it is really cool!

  32. 32

    Oh man, send me anywhere warm and I will be happy! My kids would be thrilled with your experience for sure!

  33. 33
    Julie {Angry Julie Monday}
    Twitter: AngryJulie
    says:

    Those are great photos! It looks like fun times!

  34. 34
    noelle
    Twitter: jumpinbeans09
    says:

    it looks like the kids loved it!
    i love the bright colors of your photos!!!!

  35. 35

    we have Lorikeet Landing at our zoo here in Nashville and u can buy the nectar for like $1 to feed them, they are crazy birds. my girlfriend got pooped on once while we were in there 🙂

  36. 36
    Susie's Homemade says:

    Looks like a great time:-)

  37. 37

    Your kids are beautiful.
    What a fun adventure to do together.

  38. 38

    Oh, it looks like so much fun! I love the shot of your daughter laughing with the bird on her head!

  39. 39
    Stacy Uncorked
    Twitter: RandomCoolChick
    says:

    Love the shots! Good thing Princess Nagger is at school, she’d want to figure out how to get one of those birds as a pet! 😉

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    Lisa
    Twitter: LisaNoel03
    says:

    I have a total bird phobia, so I totally have the chills now. It’s also the excuse I’m using for why I somehow ended up with two links in your linky, SORRY about that! I have no idea what I did.

  41. 41

    Wow. Looks like someone had a lot of fun.
    Also, I totally borked the linky entry. sorry about that.

  42. 42
    Jenn @ Coolest Family on the Block
    Twitter: coolfamilyblog
    says:

    Those birds are just beautiful! I’d love that. Not sure about my daughter, she’s still pretty young, but she’d love looking at them. I’ve been to FL about 50 times, but I’ve never went to Busch Gardens. We used to go to Cypress Gardens all the time (totally different), but I hear now that they closed it and are building a Legoland or something there 🙁

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    Kelli @ writing the waves
    Twitter: writingthewaves
    says:

    Wow! What a cool birds! Looks like they were loving it. 🙂 I still have tons of pics from our Disney vacation that I haven’t blogged about yet either. On my to-do list!

  44. 44
    Cascia
    Twitter: cltalbert
    says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! Visit The Zoo for my WW. http://talbertzoo.blogspot.com/2011/02/wordless-wednesday-mohawk-baby.html

  45. 45

    Those birds are such a gorgeous color!

  46. 46
    Southern Queen of the Crazies says:

    We have had them poo on us. Not fun!!

  47. 47

    Your kiddos are as gorgeous as ever! We’ll hear more about this vacation right?

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    Mammatalk
    Twitter: Mammatalk
    says:

    What a great experience! A colorful one, too.

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    LadyD Books
    Twitter: LadyD_Books
    says:

    We have Lorikeets at the Wild Animal Park and truly, it is fun! But, I’ve never seen a RED/Blue one before… Simply gorgeous!

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    Krystyn
    Twitter: SeriousKrystyn
    says:

    Wow. Sure looks like an awesome and colorful trip.

    And, seems like the weather really cooperated for you.

  51. 51
    Stephanie @ The Blue Zoo says:

    That looks like a TON of fun!! And definitely worth the $5! =)

  52. 52
    Galit Breen
    Twitter: galitbreen
    says:

    Ohmygoodness friend! Ohmygoodness! The pictures! The colors! The nectar! The birds! On your heads!! Looks fab and for the record: I so would have chosen (at least!) ten pictures to share, too! 🙂

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    Shell
    Twitter: shellthings
    says:

    Oh, my boys would love that!