Thursday, December 29, 2016

How Reviewing RV Resorts Makes Your Camping Trips Better

Did you just stay at an awesome RV resort? Are you excited to go back? Was the service exceptional?

You'll tell your friends, talk about it on the way home, and quickly forget until your next vacation. Before long, someone else is looking up your favorite RV resort, wondering if they should stay there. You know what they check first? The reviews. 

Isn't that what you check before staying at an RV resort? You want to know if other people thought it was great or not worth it, right?

Think about it. Before you buy or do anything these days, you're likely to check out the reviews. You get honest opinions from people who tried it before you. You get to see what they liked and didn't like. Chances are, you'll decide what to do partly based on the reviews you read.

Why should you leave a review? Well, it helps fellow RV campers find the best places to go! You can even mention specifics like they had free WiFi, the bathrooms were clean or that they were big rig friendly. These could be really important factors that would make or break another RV campers trip!

When RV campers start to leave reviews it will create a community of informed campers who know where the good spots are! It will start to end lots of disappointment and bad times, too. Next time you are thinking of staying somewhere, hopefully the reviews will give you some good guidance.

At Newby Fun Resorts, we love to hear what a great time people had when they stayed with us, but we also like to hear what didn't work. It gives us a chance to make improvements so that everyone's stay is a little better. Plus, it gives us the opportunity to make things right with a guest who had a bad time, or to share in the memories of someone who had a great time.

On your next RV journey take a second to give back to the RV community and the resort you stayed at and leave a review. After all, 79% of people trust what online reviews say!

Friday, December 23, 2016

How to Serve Residents at the Holidays with a Single Bag

service, serving christ, christian company,acts of service, property management, property management florida, florida property management company, mobile homes, manufactured homesRows of Cherrios lined the walls and boxes of food filled the conference room. For one day, the team members at Newby Management turned into a food packing assembly line. 

As holiday music plays, team members gather to serve residents. For some team members, like Kelly Horalek, a corporate office accountant, this is her favorite day of the year.

At the holidays especially, we notice the needs of people around us. At Newby Management, the team noticed that some residents were struggling to feed their families, something that becomes especially difficult around Christmas. 

That was when they started delivering holiday food bags to residents in their communities who needed an extra hand.

This year the corporate office team packed an astounding 1,500 pounds of nonperishable food. It's the kind of food most people take for granted, like peanut butter and jelly or oatmeal. But for some families, those staple items will go a long way.service, serving christ, christian company,acts of service, property management, property management florida, florida property management company, mobile homes, manufactured homes
138 bags were given away in total. 

The bags are personally delivered by a corporate team member, so the residents aren't just getting food, they are getting encouragement too. While some residents need food care packages, others just need a bit of holiday cheer.

For residents who had a difficult year, the team delivered fresh poinsettias to their homes. It's just a simple reminder that they are being thought about during the holidays.

Serving residents in your mobile home community during the holidays can take on many different forms. Whether you do something big or something small, know that it can go a long way to boosting morale in your community. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to meet people where they are and love them.

Merry Christmas, from everyone at Newby Management.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

These 5 Things Will Change the Way You See Tent Camping Forever

Sure, bugs can sneak into your RV, but in a tent you're basically inviting them to stay with you. Have you ever had a spider trapped in your tent? It's one of the top ten most terrifying things that will ever happen to you. If you move too swiftly, you risk the spider scurrying under something. If you don't move swiftly enough you might learn that this particular spider can fly. Or worse. Save yourself the trouble and don't go camping with bugs. 

Going camping can really connect you with nature. You stop for a moment and take in the beauty that surrounds you. You put down your electronics and start to have faith in humanity and the world around you. It's all really beautiful until it's 10:30 at night and you're sweating through your sleeping bag, alternating between freakishly hot and cold. RVs park you in the middle of beautiful nature without forcing you to suffer through the elements our race has so diligently avoided. 

Campfire food is amazing, and you can definitely eat it even when you're in an RV. What you can't do when you're tent camping is quickly and easily store cold food, wash dishes, heat something up or cook a quick meal. Ahh modern luxuries. Cookies, anyone? 

This one can really go without explanation, but we will anyways. You have a toilet and a shower that are all yours. You don't have to wait in line or suffer through spurts of cold water. You don't have to wear shower shoes or flush with your foot. It's a beautiful thing!

At night, after you've enjoyed everything the great outdoors has to offer you get to come home. It's a place you've made all your own. One filled with treasures you've collected and memories you've made. You can snuggle up in your comfy bed or on the couch. This is especially important for people who take long trips in the RV. Why not feel like you're at home no matter where you are? 

Friday, December 9, 2016

You Won't Believe How Popular RVs Are!

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What could be more futuristic than a home on wheels? Okay, maybe our homes don't fly yet, but a driving home is a close second.

RV's are becoming an increasingly popular way to vacation. In fact, studies show that 1 in 12 U.S. vehicle-owning households now owns an RV. That's roughly 8.2 million households.

Traveling in an RV gives you a unique way to vacation, whether you're camping, visiting tourist hot spots or visiting friends and family. Whatever your reason, an RV gives you all the amenities of home with the freedom of the open road.

So, what's making these roving homes so popular? Here are just a few reasons RV's are becoming more popular.

1. More Bang For Your Buck
PFK Consulting, an international consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, found that RV family vacations are 27 to 61 percent less expensive than other types of vacations on average. Don't worry about rising fuel costs, either. The study showed that fuel prices would have to more than double for typical motorhome vacations to become more expensive than other vacations. Most campgrounds cost between $30-40 per night, compared to over $100 for a motel stay. Plus, most campers choose to cook their meals inside their motorhomes, rather than eating out.

2. Home Living on the Road
Modern day motorhomes are usually equipped with full kitchens, bathrooms, beds, televisions and more. You have the comfort of sleeping in your own bed, having a home cooked meal and snuggling up for a movie in the evening. Plus, many RV campgrounds have complimentary WiFi so you can stay connected while you're on the road.

3. RV Campsites Offer Fun Amenities
When you stay at a hotel, they usually offer a swimming pool and a continental breakfast. When you stay at an RV resort, you're usually met with everything from an active clubhouse and swimming pools, to shuffleboard courts and tennis courts. There's a great sense of community, and you'll find that many RV resorts are inviting, so you'll come as strangers and leave as family. You may be invited to a pot luck, ice cream social or pancake breakfast while you're in town. You roll in and suddenly, you're home.

4. The Attractions is in Your Backyard
There are plenty of beautiful tourist destinations across America. Whether you're looking to visit the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park or the Adirondack Mountains, you can find RV campsites within these parks so you'll be right near the action. It's a great way to become acquainted with your destination, plus you can wake up and start the day early, no extra travel required! Just make sure you have a nice pair of hiking boots.

5. Bringing Families Closer Together
Vacations are known for bringing families closer together (at least most of the time). How can you get any closer than inside an RV? You're saving money, traveling the country and learning all about the quirks of your family. Now, there's no study showing RV's bring people together, so you might just have to try it for yourself.

These are just a few reasons RV camping is becoming so popular. What are your reasons?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Your RV

Whether you're parked at an RV site or headed down the highway, consider decorating your RV. If you're parked you can add lights to the outside, put up a small Christmas tree, stockings, signs and more! If you're driving consider adding some decorations to the dash and putting a wreathe on the grill of your RV. It will all help add to the festivity of the season!

Set up a white elephant gift exchange in your RV park. Everyone can bring a dish to share as they enjoy friends and fun! If you've never had a white elephant party before, you're in for a real treat and lots of laughs. Have everyone bring a wrapped gift worth no more than $15 (or whatever limit you choose). Have all your guests pick numbers out of a hat, they will open gifts in that order. After the first person goes, subsequent people can choose to steal another person's gift or unwrap a new one. The person who had their gift stolen gets to open another. Get ready for lots of fun!!!
If you can't be with family for the holidays, why not spend them volunteering? Check with local shelters, soup kitchens and nonprofits to see how you can get involved. Giving to others will help get you in the holiday spirit and you never know what you'll get back when you decide to give.

Cooking in your RV can be stressful, especially when you're making big meals. For the holidays, think outside the box to create some of your favorite traditional meals. You can also consider hosting a potluck with your RV neighbors so each of you only has to make one dish!

If you're RV camping in Florida, do something crazy and spend the holiday at the beach. There will be less people and the weather will be perfect. With the average temperature in December right around 60 degrees, you can't go wrong. Plus all your northern friends will get jealous when you're relaxing at the beach and they are shoveling snow.

If you're tight on space in your RV, consider giving each other experiences instead of presents. Research the area you're staying in and find fun things to do together. Maybe splurge on an outing you normally wouldn't go on or eat at a fancy restaurant. Whatever you choose to do, just remember to make memories and take lots of pictures!

Enjoy the city you're in by attending some local Christmas events. Many cities have events calendars that will let you know what's happening on what day. In Florida, we love Christmas events because it helps get us in the spirit when the weather isn't so cold.

Most RV parks host events for the guests. Find out when the events are and get out to them. You'll never regret spending time with neighbors, and you'll have lots of fun doing it! If there aren't any events, plan some yourself with friends!

Far from family? Don't forget to make technology work for you. Skype with friends and family, share photos through social media, call and text! Even just a few minutes will shorten the miles. If you're a grandparent, ask your children to set up a phone in the living room and turn on Skype so you can watch your grandchildren open presents. Or schedule a time where all of your family can connect on Google Hangouts. Technology is as creative as you are.

Christmas today is so easily characterized by shopping, stress and the insatiable need for more. Whether you're seasoned at celebrating the holidays in your RV or this is your very first, relish in the simplicity of it all. You get to enjoy the season, the music, the food, the fun, the songs and the spirit, all without the stress. You get to sit back and remind yourself to be grateful for everything you do have, instead of remembering all the things you don't.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Don't Cook an RV Thanksgiving Until You Read These Recipes

Spending Thanksgiving in your RV can be a fun an exciting time, but it can also be difficult! Making a full Thanksgiving dinner in your RV can be a little tricky, so we found you the best RV Thanksgiving dinners on the internet. Warning: Make sure to eat BEFORE you read this post! 

Crispy, crunchy and delicious. Not sure how you can go wrong with a bird cooked this way! 

This looks delicious, tender and moist! Plus you can put everything in the crock pot and move on! 

You really can't go wrong putting a turkey on the grill! Plus this frees up your stove for other projects. 

The perfect hearty food for your Thanksgiving meal. Pop it in the oven at 350 and get the show on the road!

This delicious, crispy side only takes a few minutes on the stove top and you're ready to serve! Remember to start these toward the end. 

If you're using your crock pot to make the turkey, make sure to do this first! You can make these make-ahead mashed potatoes a few days before and freeze them. Just heat them up when the time comes and you're ready to go! 

Of course you need rolls! So here's a recipe that won't take up room in your stove. 

We can't believe it exists either, but it does and it sounds amazing. 

You can make this ahead of time for a good little taste of camping! Doesn't it look delicious? 

What are your favorite Thanksgiving RV recipes? 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

They Were Driving Down the Road in their RV and Then They Learned THIS

Driving an RV on the interstate is a lot different than driving a car, or even a truck. That's why it's so important to learn all the tips and tricks for navigating an RV.

The right lane is specifically reserved for slower traffic. You'll learn that quickly if you get on a highway near a big city. No matter how fast you go, an RV will never be able to hang with a car zipping down the highway at 85. Plus, you'll be right next to the shoulder should you have to pull off for an emergency. The only time you might consider moving to the center or left-hand lane is when you're in a place where there's constantly traffic merging into the right-hand lane, which could be difficult for a larger rig.

If there's one thing truck drivers know, it's how to navigate the highway. Chances are they've driven this road before and know how to navigate through traffic efficiently. If you have a CB radio, listen in on what the truckers are saying. Sometimes they toss tips back and forth about road work, detours, traffic and driving conditions. You never know what you might learn.

Running out of gas in car is bad. Running out of gas in a rig is worse. There are some stretches on the interstate that don't have exits for miles. Considering using the Gas Buddy app, which will help you find the cheapest gas station near you. Try to gas up before you get below a 1/2 tank. After all, you never know what the open road will bring you.

Unless you're hitting the road and going wherever it takes you, it's good to have a plan. Use Google Maps to plot out a course and print the directions, just in case technology fails. When you use Google Maps, it can often alert you ahead of time as to detours, construction, road work, traffic patterns and much more. Whether you're using a Smartphone or GPS, make sure you have the right cords, chargers or extra equipment you'll need to keep them running. If not, you might have to resort to good old fashioned maps.

If you are going to change lanes, make sure to put your directional signal on well in advance. This will let other drivers move out of your way, but don't count on it! Make sure to triple check, especially for cars that might be lurking in your blind spot. When you start to move over, so slowly and deliberately. Be aware of your surroundings before you make a move.

After you've been driving an RV, you'll start to learn that anticipation is your friend. Many drivers are predictable, but many are not. That's why anticipating their actions is always a good idea. For example, RV drivers tend to leave a lot of space between them and the car in front of them. This is because it takes a lot longer for an RV to slow down. Unfortunately, some drivers take that opening as an opportunity to dart in. Be on the look out.

I think we can all agree that driving when you're tired is the worst. Before you travel, make sure you've gotten enough sleep. A big gulp of coffee isn't going to replace a solid 8 hours. When you're tired, your judgement and reaction times are lessened, so get some shut eye before you drive.

Who knows why, but cars love to tailgate big vehicles. The problem with that is we can't see them! Have you ever been behind a semi-truck that says "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you"? This is a completely true phrase. Unfortunately, we can't change other drivers, so we have to remain alert and cautious, knowing that there could be someone hiding behind us that we don't see.

Sometimes bad weather pops up, other times you can see it brewing. Accidents during inclement weather are much more common, and you don't want to be part of one! If the weather gets bad while you're on the road, it might be a good idea to pull over. The great news is that you're in an RV, so you can have lunch, watch a movie or even take a nap. What a deal!

Tire pieces, car parts and other large debris can be a serious issue for RV drivers, especially because it takes longer to slow down. Keep your eyes peeled on the road for anything that looks dangerous. This is yet another reason why you're better off in the right-hand lane. When things go wrong, you always know you can pull off and stay safe.

It's always important to take care of your rig. After all, it is part of your family. Probably the most important time to make sure your rig is in working order is before a road trip. Get everything in good working order so that you don't have to stop in a random town for repairs. Plus, a tire blowout on a country road is nothing compared to the interstate. Maintain that rig!

Last but not least, make sure to enjoy your road trip. Listen to some music, tell a few jokes and enjoy the open road.

Friday, November 11, 2016

7 Fun Ways to Have a Green RV Thanksgiving

On the road for Thanksgiving? We know that RVs aren't the most gas-friendly vehicles, so we came up with some great ideas to help you go green. It will save you money and the environment will be extra thankful you did your part. Here are our 5 ideas to go green while RV camping.


Finish off an entire carton of butter? Recycle that container! Secretly made boxed mashed potatoes? Hide that box in the recycling bin. Soda lovers? Grab those cans! A few minutes of thought will go a long way to keeping you green this holiday season. Put a smaller trash bag in your RV or outside to collect cardboard, bottles, cans and other recyclables. Many RV communities have recycling centers, pick-up, or recycling drop-offs nearby. 

Before you head to the local supermarket to get your Thanksgiving supplies, check out the farmer's markets. It's a great way to support local, plus you'll be saving some money! Enjoy the nice weather and head out to a market to pick up a few pumpkins for your table display, some apples for your pie and lots of fresh fruit and veggies for all the turkey day fixins. 

One of the great parts about camping is cooking over an open fire. In fact, we encouraged some awesome campfire recipes  to help save you space in your kitchen while you prepare your Thanksgiving meal in an RV. Not only is cooking over the fire delicious and fun, it's also green! 

Who doesn't love Thanksgiving leftovers? But with a small RV fridge, keeping all those leftovers might not make sense! Have your guests bring some containers with them so they can enjoy the bounty for days to come! Or you can host an after Thanksgiving party where everyone made new creations with their leftovers, like casseroles and more! Yum! 

Paper plates can seem like an awesome idea on a busy Thanksgiving. If you're hosting Thanksgiving in your RV, make it a BYOP party! Set out a washing station for after dinner and have everyone bring their own plate and wash it up when they are done. It will save one person the trouble of having a HUGE mess and it will save the landfill from a lot of paper plates. Plus you can make the argument that paper plates hold much less food than regular ones!


There are so many benefits here! All RV campers should have a slow cooker. It's considered one of the most energy-efficient appliances in the kitchen. You can put a delicious side or even main dish in there ahead of time and leave it to cook. You'll not only save time, but also energy. It's a win, win. Check out Taste of Home for an awesome list of Thanksgiving slow cooker dishes


Okay, so every year we want to create this picture-perfect Thanksgiving. It includes all the right foods and decorations. Even cranberry sauce.Here's the deal though, lots of people don't like cranberry sauce. So that' perfectly prepared and served dish is wasted. Don't waste, man. Replace dishes that people normally don't eat with something new and unique. You'll be the talk of the town! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

5 Reasons You Need to be a Florida Snowbird

Are you heading to Florida from your Northern home? We can't wait to have you! But before you come, here are some things you'll need to have this winter in Florida. 

1. Stay Warm
In Florida, the winter temperatures are usually in the 70's, and sometimes 80's. This means it's always a beach day here. That means you can't forget your flip flops and beach gear. After all, this is the Sunshine State!

2. Bye, Snow!
Here's how your northern friend's day will go: Wake up, walk on cold floor, get ready, scrape snow off car, wait for car to heat up, be cold, stay cold, go to sleep. Here's how your day will go: Wake up, enjoy coffee on your porch, watch your friend's post about snow from Facebook, go to the pool, hang out with friends, sit on the porch some more, go to sleep. 

3. Fast Friends
In Florida, we're a melting pot of different cultures and people from different states. If you're not "from Florida" you'll fit right in! You'll love getting to your home or community and hanging out with friends old and new. Once you've been coming here for a few years, each winter season will feel like a homecoming. 

4. Thriving Community
So we talked about the great friends and the great weather, but what about the great communities? In Florida, we have some of the nations best 55+ communities! Not only will you love the friends you'll meet, but you'll love the resort-style amenities at some Florida 55+ communities. In some of our Newby Management communities this includes resort-style swimming pools and newly completed community centers! It's not your grandma's retirement community. These are built with active adults like you in mind! 

5. Palm Trees & Ocean Breeze

No matter where you are in the north, there are no beaches like Florida beaches. Plus, even on our warm days, there's still a beautiful ocean breeze. The salt water, sunshine and warm weather can make you happy on your saddest days. Plus, the Sunshine State has a laid back and fun culture that will make you want to call it home year-round! Be sure to check out a Florida sunset or sunrise on the beach. We hear there's nothing else like them.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

10 Reasons You Need to Go On Vacation

Does anyone really need a reason to go on vacation? Probably not, but if your RV is looking more like a lawn ornament than a recreational vehicle, you might want to read this list.

Is there anything worse than setting your alarm clock and having your phone remind you that it's only 6 hours until you need to be awake? When you're on vacation you can turn the phone off, unplug the alarms and sleep to your heart's content. 
The winter is finally over (remember that one day it was 50 degrees? Rough winter.) and that means getting back out in the sun! When else can you smell like a coconut 24/7 and get away with it? Just remember to use caution, as the sun can be very dehydrating and sun burns are no fun! 

Pound of shrimp? Go for it. Block of cheese? Sure, why not! When you're on vacation, leave that diet where it belongs, at home with your low-fat crackers. There's nothing more satisfying on a vacation than getting to eat the way you want. No cardboard for breakfast and bunny food for lunch. Have dessert for every meal!
We all have it, whether we admit it or not. There's that one show you watch just to escape from it all. Sometimes we just don't have the time to watch TV, but on a vacation, it's okay to kick back with a bowl of popcorn and lose yourself in fantasy. 
If you're on vacation somewhere you've never been, there's going to be an opportunity to try something new. Whether it's an adventure, or a new food or getting to know someone, the world is your oyster. Trying something new can make you feel free and full of life!
We usually look forward to the weekend all week. We think of it as a time of relaxation, when we can recharge for the week ahead. What really happens is we run errands, clean, visit with family, go shopping, prepare dinners, run around, and when we finally sit down, it's Sunday night. A vacation is your excuse to do nothing.
If you're like most Americans, you are constantly connected. Whether it's through your phone, computer, tablet or desktop. However you stay plugged in, it can sometimes be a stressful experience. You are always on call, always reachable, always available. Sometimes, it's nice to set the phone down and go have fun without worrying about emails. 
Is it bad that something sleeping related is on here twice? We'll go with no. Have you ever wanted to just take a nap in the middle of the day? Well, on a vacation you can sleep whenever you want. Day naps are probably some of the best naps in the world. If you don't know that, you need to take one. 
When we're always rushing around, it's hard to remember the little things. You forget to look at the sunset, a laughing baby or birds flying overhead. You forget to smile at others, to see the beauty in our world and to pause for a moment. On a vacation, you can take a second to appreciate just how valuable life really is. 
Once your vacation is over, you should feel refreshed and recharged. Don't worry about itineraries and having fun, just go with the flow. Let yourself be free of stress and worry. Have a good time, but don't like the time have you. 

Why do you go on vacation? What's the best vacation you've ever been on?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5 Creepy Cool Ways RV Campers Can Celebrate Halloween

Just because you're RV camping doesn't mean you can't celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year! We have some fun tips to help you turn your campsite into the scariest place to park a big rig. Let's get started! 

1. The Creepy Cooler
You probably won't want to store any drinks in here, but this creepy cooler is sure to get someone's heart racing! Just put a fake skeleton in the cooler and let it's legs hang out. Frightful, fun and easy! Plus, you can be sure no one will steal your food anytime soon. 

2. The Decorated Dash
Keeping a lot of holiday decorations in your RV isn't always the best choice, so this tip keeps it simple. Use a few Halloween-themed items to really spice up your dashboard. You can change it out for different holidays and seasons with smaller items that are easy to store. 

3. The Perfect Pumpkin

Head to a local fall festival and pick up a nice pumpkin. Carve an RV or a cute road saying into it and place it outside your RV. We love this one because they are disposable and you can cook up the seeds for a delicious snack. 

4. The Great Gourd 
Fill an outdoor lantern with some seasonal items like small pumpkins, pinecones and squash for a simple and elegant Halloween decoration. This one will even work for Thanksgiving too with a few slight changes. The best part is that you can use what you already have and fill it with items that you won't need to save. 

5. The Sitting Skeleton 
PVC, permanent markers and some bleach bottles are all you need to create these fun characters. Place them in a lawn chair to creep out your camping neighbors. It will be a fun project and it's easy to store too! You can always make new heads next year.

How do you celebrate Halloween in your RV?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Best Fall Festivals in Florida for RV Campers

Are you looking for the best fall festivals across the state? We have a juicy list for you that spans across the sunshine state and across a variety of interests. These events are sure to be a good time. Plus, we've included some of our RV resorts nearby so you know where to bunk after the event.


Stay at a Newby Fun Resort: 
Orange Harbor RV Resort Fort Myers [If you're 55+ and on the road for south Florida festivals, head back up to Orange Harbor RV resort. This beautiful resort is located on the water and features plenty of amenities and monthly events to keep you entertained.]
Photo Credit: VisitFlorida
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – Celebrating its 35th year, the show will feature amazing military and civilian aircraft, some doing death-defying stunts performed by some of the best pilots in the world. Also, enjoy an expanded aircraft exhibit, a kids area and great refreshments.
When: Oct. 21-23
Where: Punta Gorda Airport, Punta Gorda

CARDBOARD BOAT RACE – Come watch this hilarious family-oriented event, or better yet, be a part of the action by creating a team name and theme for your vessel and see how far you can go. You’ll be amused and amazed as vessels – yes, made of cardboard – speed across the water in their quest for the ultimate prize – the coveted plastic trophy.
When: Oct. 15
Where: Hollywood Marina, Hollywood

37th ANNUAL FANTASY FEST – Leave the young’uns at home and head for this non-stop, adult-themed mega-party, featuring lavish floats, parades, costume competitions (one for pets, too!), street fairs, island bands and great food. This year’s theme is “Political Voodoo & Ballot Box Barbarians.”  Book your table early for the extravagant and outrageous 34th ANNUAL HEADDRESS BALL, Fantasy Fest’s premier gay and lesbian event. The first-place prize for best costume has been doubled to $3,000 for this year’s bash.
When: Oct. 21-30 for the entire festival and Oct. 27 for the Headdress Ball
Where: Where else but Key West (various locations)
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MIA ANIMATION – If you’re into animation, you won’t want to miss this industry conference. It focuses on computer animation, gaming, visual effects and motion graphics, web design and visual arts. It features world-renowned speakers, technology influencers and the best talent in the industry.
When: Oct. 21-22
Where: Wolfson Campus at Miami Dade College, Miami

Photo Credit: The News -Press

27th ANNUAL DING DARLING DAYS – Enjoy a week of fun eco-activities in this great national wildlife refuge. It features free tours (via tram, foot, kayak and paddle boards), birding, archery clinics, a butterfly house and kids crafting.
When: Oct. 16-22
Where: J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island

MIAMI ATTRACTIONS MONTH – It’s the ultimate BOGO: Enjoy an amazing array of Miami’s best attractions on a buy-one, get-one-free basis or some other form of serious discount. Attractions include, among others: Zoo Miami, Monkey Jungle, Miami Seaquarium, the Biltmore Hotel, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miccosukee Indian Village and Jungle Island.
When: The entire month of October
Where: Throughout Miami

Photo Credit: Visit Florida
SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD WEEK & FESTIVAL – Help kick off the annual Stone Crab season and enjoy a myriad of other seafood yummies prepared by Miami’s top chefs and restaurants. Also: live bands, culinary and mixology demonstrations, a kids zone, health village and VIP hospitality benefits.
When: Oct. 20-22
Where: Between 7th and 9th Streets on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach

GOOD EATS IN NAPLES – Back to back, there’s the Naples Foodie Camp and then the Naples Stone Crab Festival. Foodie Camp is an 11-day event that features chef-led 90-minute cooking classes at top area restaurants. Besides great stone crab claws, the Stone Crab Festival (at several connecting locations on the Old Naples Waterfront) also has live music, art and fun activities for the whole family.
When: Respectively, Oct. 17-27 and Oct. 28-30
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Photo Credit: Visit Florida
AHOY, MATEYS & LASSIES – There are two noteworthy pirate fests in SoFla in October, one on the west coast and one on the east coast: 11th Annual Pirate Festival on Fort Myers Beach, Oct. 7-9, and the Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash, Oct. 21-23. Both will feature some of the usual fun pirate fare: ship battles, costume contests, magic shows, live music, treasure hunts and lots of activities for the youngsters.
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HUMPHREY BOGART FILM FESTIVAL – This year’s gathering celebrates the 75th anniversary of “The Maltese Falcon” and the 70th anniversary of “The Big Sleep.” Besides these and other great Bogie Flicks, other activities include cocktail receptions, dinners and dancing, round table discussions and tours on the original “African Queen.”
When: Oct. 12-16
Where: Various locations in Key Largo

Photo Credit: Visit Florida

BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL OF POMPANO BEACH – Get your Brazilian boogie on at the fifth annual fest. Two stages will feature internationally known Brazilian bands and solo performers and also the best of the local bands.  Also: a kids zone, skate board competition, more than 100 vendors and exhibitors and mouth-watering Brazilian food.
When: Oct. 22
Where: Pompano Beach Community Park in Pompano Beach

Photo Credit: Visit Florida
OKTOBERFEST II -- Beer! Bratwurst! Butt-kicking live music! Kids activities! Bavarian beauties! More beer! Two big weekends of fun! 31st annual edition!
When: Oct. 21-23 and 28-30
Where: German-American Social Club, Cape Coral

ARTS & CRAFTS BONANZA – The 2016-17 season kicks into high gear in October with five major fests and fairs in SoFla. You’ll get to see work by some of the finest artists, crafters and photographers in the country – all in beautiful downtown settings with superb shopping, eateries and watering holes. Here’s the lineup: The Falls Festival of the Arts in Miami, Oct.8-9; 19th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival, Oct. 8-9; 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival, Oct. 15-16; 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair in Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 22-23, and the 3rd Annual Delray Beach Marketplace Art & Craft Festival, Oct. 29-30
Web: for the first one and for the others


Stay at a Newby Fun Resort:
Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort Cortez, FL [This all-age family community is on the water and a perfect place to crash after some of these amazing events! It's right off the interstate, so you can zoom up the coast fast. Plus, it's walking distance from local amenities too.

Clearwater Travel Resort Clearwater, FL [This all-age family community is just minutes from the beach, which you don't want to miss if you're visiting Florida. Stop by this awesome resort to relax in their large pool or attend a fun monthly event!]

Fiesta Grove RV Resort Palmetto, FL [If you're looking for fun, this 55+ community has it in spades. Stop here to meet great people and join in on the exciting monthly events. You'll love all the amenities and it's just off the interstate so you can get to any of these great events fast.]

Winterset RV Resort Palmetto, FL [This 55+ community is one-of-a-kind with lots of amenities and an atompshere that keeps people coming back year after year. Stop by here for a fun time and then head on up the nearby interstate to get to any of the amazing events below.]

Leisure Day RV Resort Zephryhills, FL [Leisure Days is a 55+ community where the residents make you feel like family. We enjoy country living but are still just minutes from everything you’ll need. Tampa and Orlando are less than an hour away, so you’re in the heartbeat of Florida. Make this your home base as you enjoy all Florida has to offer.]

Woodall's Village Lakeland, FL [Known as the friendliest park in town, this 55+ community is the perfect place to hang your hat as you visit Florida. Stop here to enjoy all the fun monthly events from line dancing to country concerts. You're sure to get a taste of southern charm when you stay here.]
BIKETOBERFEST – See why 125,000 bikers come roaring into Daytona Beach every year for one of the country’s top bike fests. The three-day continuous party features multiple motorcycle shows and rallies, live music, scenic rides along A1A and other historic roadways, racing at Daytona International Speedway and vendors offering the latest motorcycle models, parts and accessories.
When:  Oct. 13-16
Where: Daytona Beach

RATTLESNAKE FESTIVAL – Often confused with the Texas city bearing the same name, this small Florida town has been celebrating this Wild West-ish festival every October since 1967. The 50th promises two full days of country music, cowboy demonstrations, a snake show, gopher races, rides, games, races and food trucks.
When: Oct. 15-16
Where: San Antonio

Photo Credit: All About the Sunshine State
FRUITVILLE GROVE’S ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – This outdoor fall festival takes place on a real family owned farm and is a favorite among local families who take part in the free petting zoo and pumpkin photo opps and pay anywhere from $2-7 for various activities such as pony rides, a rock climbing wall and pumpkin painting.
When: Every weekend in October
Where: Fruitville Grove, Sarasota

Photo Credit: Visit Florida

SPACE COAST OKTOBERFEST & MUSIC FESTIVAL – Experience the combination of a traditional Oktoberfest celebration with a modern music festival, complete with steins of beer, bratwurst and other German foods, plus a dozen rock, country and pop bands. It’s also family-friendly with a huge kids’ zone play area and covered tent areas so you can relax in the shade.
When: Oct. 8-9
Where: Palm Bay Regional Park, Palm Bay

SCARECROW FESTIVAL – Celebrate fall in Florida by stuffing your own scarecrow, participating in a pumpkin toss, riding a barrel train and petting farm animals. Kids can play carnival games and romp around in a bounce house, and at 1 p.m. a giant pumpkin will drop from a bucket truck, scattering candy and prizes.
When: Oct. 8
Where: Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, Dade City

WINTER SPRINGS ARTOBERFEST – Set on beautiful Blumberg Boulevard in the upscale neighborhood of Winter Springs, ARToberFEST show not only showcases award-winning pieces from locally and nationally known artists, but also has German food and beer, live entertainment from Europa, a kids’ crafts area and exhibits of student and senior art.
When: Oct. 15-16
Where: Winter Springs Town Center, Winter Springs

LEGOLAND’S BRICK OR TREAT – Brick or Treat returns bigger and better, bringing back the friendly-not-frightening Halloween fun for kids. Take the little ones trick-or-treating along the Brick or Treat Trail, check out the larger-than-life LEGO models, take part in build activities and a scavenger hunt, see the world's largest LEGO jack-o-lantern, and end the day with a Halloween-themed fireworks show in Pirates' Cove.
When: Every weekend in October, plus Oct. 31 (no fireworks on Oct. 31)
Where: LEGOLAND, Winter Haven

Stay at a Newby Fun Resort:
Bayhead Tallahassee, FL [This family-friendly RV resort is in the heart of Tallahassee, right by major universities and tons to do! Check out a football game or just relax in this large, sprawling community. You'll enjoy a country feel while being just minutes from these amazing events!]

Sandhill Shores Fort Pierce, FL [Sandhill Shores is a 55+ active community with lots to do. Enjoy a beautiful pool, billiards, shuffleboard and more! You'll love the friendly neigbors and events happening daily! Stop here after one of these great events. You won't regret it!]

3RD ANNUAL JAZZ, ARTS AND BLUES FESTIVAL — Held in historic Live Oak, Florida, the Jazz, Arts and Blues Festival features an exclusive music lineup and artist exhibits as well as food and beverage vendors. Thousands of music lovers from North Florida and South Georgia gather to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and exquisite arts.
When: Oct. 21 - 22
Where: Live Oak

CORN MAZE — Sykes and Cooper call their fall spectacular agritainment — combining a nine-acres of “cornfusing” turns in this year’s maze. Other entertainment includes Friday night “Movies Under the Stars,”  a donkey named Jack, hay rides, a cow milking station, duck races and other fall-themed family fun.
When: Oct. 8-30
Where: Sykes and Cooper Farms, Elkton

Photo Credit: Visit St. Augustine

OWL PROWL — Owls are definitely not the first creatures that come to mind in association with Florida. Gators, flamingos, dolphin, yes — owls not so much. But here’s a chance to learn more about these resident birds of the night during a guided walk with a St. Johns County Naturalist. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight, bug spray and water for this evening walk.
When: Oct. 14
Where: Canopy Shores Park, St. Augustine

ALLIGATOR WARRIOR FESTIVAL — Fun fact: Lake City was known as Alligator, Fla., in the early 1800s and its most famous resident was the Seminole commander, Alligator Warrior. In addition to celebrating the Native American people who made Florida their original home, this annual fest includes a reenactment of the 1836 battle of San Felasco Hammock, plus music, dancing, living-history camps, traders, craftsmen and food vendors.
When: Oct. 14-16
Where: Lake City

Photo Credit: Design Week Tallhassee
DESIGN WEEK TALLAHASSEE — Visual artists, from students to veteran freelancers, don’t need to travel to a design hub like the Big Apple to get the creative juices flowing thanks to seven days of sessions at the inaugural Design Week Tallahassee. Sessions will either be free or low-cost for all attendees and will feature topics such as UX Design, Illustration, Digital Design, Sign Design and Cartography.
When: Oct. 16-22
Where: Tallahassee

5TH ANNUAL COUNTRY FRENCH FLEA MARKET — If you love upcycled treasures, handmade jewelry, shabby chic chairs, vintage Euro-inspired accents and local art, then bring your shopping list to the Sweet South Cottage market. More than 150 vendors will be selling items perfect for your home. There will also be free painting demonstrations and fantastic eats at a restored Queen Anne Victorian home.
When: Oct. 21-22
Where: Sweet South Cottage, near Tallahassee

1890s FESTIVAL — Turn back time under the live oak trees in Victorian McIntosh with more than 30,000 people who arrive in town for the annual event. More than 280 arts and crafts vendors will host demonstrations by a spoon chime crafter, glassblower and basket weaver; or get a glimpse into the past at the town’s museum in the restored downtown railroad depot. Also: antique vendors; live music featuring Cajun, bluegrass and gospel tunes; plus children’s activities and food.
When: Oct. 22
Where: McIntosh

QUINCY PORCHFEST — It’s like trick-or-treating for adults, except at each house there’s a different musical act performing instead of candy being passed out and you’re encouraged to stick around. Now in its fifth year, Quincy (pop. almost 7,000) will have you rocking and grooving to sweet tunes in the front yards of various homes throughout town.
When: Oct. 22
Where: Quincy

BELLAMY BRIDGE GHOST WALKS — The restless spirit of Elizabeth Jane Croom Bellamy, who died in 1837, which accounts for numerous eyewitness tales of strange manifestations near the site of the Bellamy Bridge and proximity to Halloween, make late October’s annual Ghost Walks a spooky slam dunk. There are also the legends about a murdered moonshine runner and a headless driver that keep the spiritual lore alive. Reservations for the walks should be available starting in late September.
When: Oct. 28-29
Where: Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail

THE FEST 15 — Only 15 years ago, The Fest was an indie, underground music festival with 60 bands playing four stages. Now, the event is so large that attendees can head south to Ybor City for a two-day Pre-Fest (Oct. 26-27) to reach even more music lovers. This year’s lineup also has added a comedy showcase can professional wrestling.
When: Oct. 28-30
Where: Gainesville, various venues