Chad’s Blog

Chad’s Blog: top places to swim with dolphins

In all my travels across Florida, there is nothing more fascinating than encountering a dolphin -- it’s most likely one you would not soon forget. In case you didn’t know, there are risks of swimming with dolphins in the wild. That said, there are plenty of places where you can safely swim with them! Here’s a list of my favorites....

Chad’s Blog: why you need to Do paddleboard fishing

I've seen paddleboarders racing, spearfishing, snorkeling, lobstering, wake surfing -- even doing Yoga. I’ve done all kinds of paddleboarding, but I definitely enjoy the advantages of paddleboard fishing. Here are some reasons why....

Chad’s Blog: how to Do Adventures

If you know anything about me, you know I’m all about getting folks to get out and Do florida, and there’s no better time than during the cooler months from October through May to set a course on adventure right around my neck of the woods -- just north of Orlando in Seminole County....

Chad’s Blog: Location, Location, Location

I’m sure you’ve heard real estate pros say it again and again and again, but they are absolutely correct -- it’s all about location, location, location. To me, that is exactly the reason why I have never left Seminole County. Small town atmosphere near Orlando, yet close to lakes, beaches, and the great outdoors. ...

Chad’s Blog: Do downtown Sanford

As I travel throughout florida, as I always Do, people often ask me where I’m from. When I say I’m from Seminole County and grew up in Sanford, I am so thrilled to hear that they have visited my hometown -- even from Floridians who live as far away as Key West, Naples, and Destin...

Chad’s Blog: Saving Our Water One Yard at a Time

I’ve been approached by so many people lately asking me how they can help Florida with the terrible water crisis in South Florida. The answer isn’t a simple one, but a really good place to start is in our own yard....

Chad’s Blog: how to Do birding

I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors, so I’ve certainly seen my fair share of ospreys, herons, pelicans, and sandhill cranes, but I’ve never really considered myself to be much of a bird watcher. In fact, you probably never considered yourself to be one, either. But, I bet you got pretty excited the first time you saw a bald eagle. ...

Chad’s Blog: Doing florida in your own backyard

If you know anything about me, I am all about getting out and Doing florida -- even if it’s in my own backyard. After all, we live where others vacation, so options for day-trip getaways and staycations often leave us with plenty of time to soak up the florida sun without ever having to leave our property. ...

Chad’s Blog: Summer is Here

I don’t know about you, but summertime is in full swing and I am so excited! Ah, vacations, BBQs, and long, sunny days. Sure, it can get pretty doggone hot in Florida this time of year, but there are still plenty of things to Do and still keep cool. ...

Chad’s Blog: Do Naples

Florida’s Paradise Coast runs along the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida and is considered an idyllic Florida getaway -- even if you’ve lived in Florida for years. There’s such a laid-back lifestyle in an almost secluded area near gorgeous turquoise waters and white sands. Naples is also a fairly easy drive from Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Miami....

Chad’s Blog: Do Orlando North

No matter where you live in Florida -- or even if you’re just visiting -- there are plenty of things to Do around here without going very far. Heck, I’ve lived in Seminole County, Florida my whole life and I’m still finding new things to Do in this one county alone (there are 67 counties in Florida, in case you're wondering)....

Chad’s Blog: Discovering Old Florida

Every time I stumble across a bit of Old Florida, it’s like I’ve been sent back to a time before there were cars, internet, or smartphones — heck, before any phones at all. No matter where you live in Florida, you are never far from these undeveloped gems. My suggestion is you experience it the way our ancestors did....

Chad’s Blog: how to Listen to Your Dog

That’s the great thing about dogs -- going anywhere outdoors is an adventure. Even a walk around the block can be the most exciting part of their day. They are so in-tune with nature and everything around them. Just like me, he just needs to get out and Do florida....

Chad’s Blog: Support Your Florida Farmers

I was recently at a U-Pick strawberries just a few miles from my house in Seminole County, and it really got me thinking about where my family gets its fresh produce and how much of it comes from Florida. Florida’s agriculture industry is second only to tourism. ...

Chad’s Blog: Home For the Holidays

Chad Crawford talks about where to find the Christmas spirit Florida-style in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. 2017 holiday events include boat parade and home tours...

Chad’s Blog: Discover Your City’s Roots

Being born and raised in Sanford, Florida, I knew everything there was to know about celery. It sounds ridiculous, but hear me out: Sanford was known as "The Celery City" and the "Celery Capital of the World."...

Chad’s Blog: The Amazing Five

As a kid growing up in Florida, I remember drinking Florida Orange Juice and thinking, “This is awesome, I want more!” ...

Chad’s Blog: A Low-Traffic Treasure

In a time when it’s getting harder and harder to find untouched, undeveloped, pristine places in Florida, it’s with a whisper that I offer up one of my treasures. ...

Chad’s Blog: Part Surf, Part Fishing…All Fun

It was season two when Captain Noel Kuhn took me to school on how to surf fish; that episode reignited my love for the sport. With four kids, I’ve found that surf fishing is the perfect way for me to get my fishing fix and spend time with family at the beach - it’s a win/win!...

Chad’s Blog: Right Under Your Nose

Even though we wish we could, we can’t all just take a long weekend - or an entire week - to explore the world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore, have adventures, and make memories right where we are. ...

Chad’s Blog: Ten Great Ways to Get Outside, Florida!

Here at Crawford Entertainment, we spend all day, each day working on programming that will help you get outside and enjoy our Florida, whether that be trying new adventures with how to Do florida and The Outsiders Club, or digging in the dirt and planting some Florida-friendly plants at Flip My Florida Yard....

Chad’s Blog: Okay… our bagels suck.

As you may or may not know, this year marks the 500th anniversary of when Juan Ponce De Leon first landed on our east coast and named it La Florida....