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10 Ways to Stay at Home Florida-Style During the New Coronavirus Pandemic

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Flower in yardIf you’re hunkering down at home right now due to the new coronavirus pandemic, then you’re probably dealing with all sorts of new challenges—working from home, staying home with kids, helping kids focus on online schooling, managing grocery store runs, and more.

While we usually focus on travel ideas around Florida, we’re going to use this article to suggest things you can do at home, Florida-style, during the current new COVID-19 crisis. Some of these ideas are ones you may want to do with the kiddos. Others are grown-up fun. Some of the ideas require time outside-. As always, follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding what you should or shouldn’t do to prevent spread of the coronavirus. Here we go!

  1. Stream movies set in Florida. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune just published a list of the top movies set in Florida. From “Cool Hand Luke” to “Scarface” “The Birdcage,” and “Caddyshack” you can spend time soaking in the Sunshine State without ever letting go of your bowl of popcorn.
  2. Stream TV shows set in Florida. “Miami Vice,” “Dexter,” “Claws,” “Golden Girls,” “Floribama Shore,” and “Siesta Key” are just a handful of shows set in sunny Florida. Some were actually filmed here, others were shot on a set in Hollywood. The latest one we’ll add to the list is “Tiger King,” a Netflix docu-series about tiger breeder/owner “Joe Exotic.” Although the series is not fully set in Florida, major parts of the story have Florida connections, including with Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue. And Joe Exotic may be from Oklahoma, but he’s a #FloridaMan at heart.
  3. Set up a bird feeder. With the warmer weather upon us, birds are out in abundance. We even had some mourning doves recently lay eggs in our yard. With a bird feeder, you’ll have some constant entertainment watching the birds angle for seed. Plus, you’ll leave fellow shoppers wondering why the heck you’re buying toilet paper and a bird feeder the next time you go to the store.
  4. Set up a photo contest. Have everyone take photos of interesting things in or outside the house. Who took the best pictures? What interesting angles did your family members find in their photos? The photo quest around the house could take the place of any Florida beach pics you usually snap.
  5. IMG_5430Do a nature quest. Have the kids search around your home for small animals or flowers. Today we spotted a light-colored large frog on top of our bird feeder.
  6. Grow a small garden. If you have seeds, soil, and containers, you can start a container garden. During your next Walmart run, you could even pick up an herb or two (basil is usually a no-brainer in Florida weather). Encourage the younguns’ to water the garden and check on how it’s growing. For more ambitious produce growing, here’s a guide to what to plant depending on the time of year, courtesy of the University of Florida IFAS Extension Office. It’s broken down by Florida region (North, Central, and South).
  7. BroccoliCook classic Florida recipes. From Key Lime Pie to Hush Puppies to Panhandle Grits, this link from Only in Your State features classic Floridian dishes. Of course, you may be limited by what you have on hand, so choose carefully. Same goes for this link from Fresh From Florida, which focuses on in-season Florida dishes. There’s Tomato Cornbread and Florida Strawberry Icebox Pie, among other recipes.
  8. Visit a museum virtually. Feel like you’re missing out on a museum visit during the time of corona? There are many museums with virtual exhibits. Here in Florida, the Dali Museum in St. Pete has a virtual exhibit that educators praise. Of course, you also can find virtual exhibits from museums around the globe, including The Louvre in Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
  9. Make a mojito……or a rum runner…..or a daiquiri. There are lots of classic Florida cocktails, and you may just need one after staying home a long time. Here’s a link to some classic Florida cocktail recipes, shared in a 2017 News-Press article.
  10. Catch up on your fave Florida authors. Craig Pittman’s “Cat Tale” chronicles the surprisingly odd story of the Florida panther (we love his previous “Oh, Florida!” book and weekly newsletter). Then there’s Randy Wayne White, Carl Hiaasen, and Dave Barry among others.

Written by floridaculture

March 19, 2020 at 10:02 pm

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  1. Thanks for the book recommendations!

    Craig Pittman

    March 26, 2020 at 12:44 pm

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