Tuscawilla Preserve and Sensory Garden a 90-acre preserve adjacent to The Museum of Arts and Sciences. Take a walk on one of the three trails throughout the preserve first stopping to admire the fountain and the bronze-sculpted Great Blue Heron by Florida artist Paul Baliker and the native plants that surround it.
Walk under the wooden trestle to the boardwalk and see if you can spot a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly. Sit on a bench in the Discovery Station enjoying the scenery on the pond or participate in one of the interactive learning stations. An abundance of Spanish moss and cabbage palm along the nature trail. I recommend the preserve; its free and included in the price of the museum.
Seven contemporary sculptures located on 2.5-acres of the Abraham and Dorothy Frischer Sculpture Garden on the grounds of The Museum of Arts and Sciences.
KIRIMAS – Tall, slender metallic column with curved fluid lines
by Ralph Komives
UNTITLED – Blue, geometric steel sculpture by Doris Leeper
RUINS XVIII – Painted gray beams intertwined in asymmetrical fashion by Ernest Shaw
STATUE OF LIMITATIONS – Charcoal gray painted by
RED TANGO – Red, geometric sculpture
by Alfredo Halegua
FOUR FIGURE COLUMNS – Ceramic figures embedded in concrete columns by Bob Fetty
BOX TOTEM #6 – Triangular shapes of steel held together by steel pipes by
The Museum of Arts and Sciences affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution located at 352 Nova Road in Daytona Beach. Drive along a winding road to the museum admiring the lush foliage along the way. Pick up a map at the visitor desk and take a self-guided tour inside each of the galleries.
Wood engravings drawn by Winslow Homer, lithographs, graphite on paper and silkscreen print inside the Karshan Center of Graphic Art. A cast bronze bust of Jose Julian Marti, a Cuban Patriot, author, poet and translator sculpted by Juan Jose Velez Sicré one of the greatest Cuban Sculptors. Black and white photographs, pottery and furniture all inside the Cuban gallery.
A replica of a Mastodon, Dinosaur skull, shells and mollusks inside the pre-history gallery. The lower jaw of the Saber Tooth Tiger and the lower jaw of the Fossil Horse exhibited.
An assortment of masks, African Art and Artifacts throughout the African Art Gallery. Vigango commemorative posts to honor the spirit of the deceased by the Giriama people of Kenya.
Oil on Canvas paintings by portrait artists Frederick Spencer and Eastman Johnson. A Windsor chair, a seventeenth century court cupboard and an eighteenth century campaign chest in the American Art and Furniture Gallery. Spend an afternoon in the museum; afterwards visit the Sculpture Garden and Tuscawilla Preserve. Prices and hours of operation available on the website.
Trout Lake Nature Center located at 520 East CR 44 in Eustis. Drive along a gravel road to the Nature Center stopping for a turtle along the way. Have a picnic in the enclosed pavilion and then take a hike on one of the many trails. Walk along the stepping-stones in the butterfly garden.
A Touch Table inside the Charles Newell Hall Museum named after Mr. Hall who was instrumental in developing the center. Mounted birds, turtles and snakes on display.
A kiosk lists the land and aquatic turtles native to Florida and the correct handling of turtles. Watch closely for a turtle in one of the cages to appear from underneath a log or a man-made turtle burrow.
A Diorama inside the nature center filled with different species. Ancient fossils, a rock and butterfly exhibit. Pick up a brochure about the birds of the nature center and a trail map. Free entrance to the museum. Hours of operation on the website.
A beautiful landscape cover the grounds of the Museum of the Apopkans located at 122 E Fifth Street in Apopka. Apopka named the foliage capital of the world. On the lawn, a plaque dedicated to the veterans and civilians of WWII. A millstone used for grinding grain and a bell from the locomotive donated by the Land Family who owned a logging railroad on display. Mayor Land the longest serving mayor of Apopka for over sixty-one years.
Our museum guide took us around the museum explaining everything in detail. The Andersons, Jacksons, Olsons, Larson and Thollander families from Sweden established the settlement of Piedmont. The settlement existed for a hundred years until the town annexed into Apopka in 1986.
A wine press exhibited. The Jackson and Larson families owned and operated a winery in the late 1890s. Florida Orange Wine made from a cross between a lemon and an orange. A Christening dress and a baby crib for Bertha Olson a child of the early settlers to Piedmont. An exhibit of a late nineteenth century living room and a mid-1930s kitchen.
Native American artifacts from Arrowheads to pot shards found around the Lake Apopka area. Photographs on the wall of the Armstrong family and African-Americans in Apopka. A photograph of Willie Lewis “First African-American” mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office in Apopka.
The library filled with books on early Apopka History, Black History and small towns. I recommend the museum a very knowledgeable guide. Free entrance to the museum, donations accepted. Museum hours located on the website.