I was delighted with my balcony room at the brand new Wyndham Grand which overlooked the pool and the beach. I had great sunset views and walked on the beach for sunrise in the most amazing sugar sand.
Have you been diving in Florida? I went Scuba Diving with Captain Ryan from Tanks-A-Lot. Have you ever held a basket star? You can see me holding one in the video. We dove at Big A and Area 51.
Dinner at Salty’s with blackened mahi mahi was a great start to my Florida adventures.
Spending the day at Clearwater Marine Aquarium was amazing. They truly focus on Rescue, Rehab and Release for marine animals and their boat tour taught about the animals, the estuary and the mangroves. The children were able to touch creatures, observe a net pull and identify fish. We had a sea urchin, pinfish, catfish on our boat. We saw dolphins on our boat tour and back at the Aquarium we saw Hope and Winter from the Dolphin Tale movies!
Turtles, manatees, river otters and many other creatures are saved by the hospital facilities here. This marine life rescue center has over 700,000 visitors a year. There are over 400 volunteers helping care for the animals. You can participate and be a trainer for a day.
I loved being at the outdoor concert at Coachman Park. I have always enjoyed Jake Shimabukuro‘s music but this was the very first time I heard him play a live concert. WOW! He is fantastic! Definitely see a concert in Clearwater Beach!
Without a doubt, Kenny G gives a great show! He played in the crowd, he told funny stories and he is an incredible musician. His entire band is fantastic. I loved when he talked about how long they had been together and if you keep practicing, you will get there. Life takes practice and a sense of humor! I cannot wait to see another concert with this consummate entertainer!
Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel.
For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal.
Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.