How you can staycation in a master planned community in Orlando

We all need a vacation from time to time, but occasionally, it's nice to take a staycation and enjoy the environment in which you live. You can enjoy a staycation and a master planned community lifestyle in Harmony, Florida with the variety of activities we offer along with our beautiful conservation areas and lakes. In this blog, we're highlighting four ways you can staycation right here in Harmony, FL.   Enjoy community pools There are three community pools at Harmony for you to enjoy. Two of the three pools are open to all residents of Harmony — one is located in the Town Square and the other is located in the Ashley Park Neighborhood. If you are a resident of The Lakes at Harmony, you have access to a resort-style, zero-entry pool with a spacious deck and "sunset gazebo" on sunny, hot days. There is no need to drive all the way to the coast to get a nice tan when you've got pools right in your own community! Sometimes it can be such a hassle to drag everything to the beach. When you're on your staycation in our master planned community in Orlando, you can return to your own home in minutes if you've forgotten something or need a mid-day snack. Visiting one of our pools is also a great way to catch up with friends or meet someone new! Learn a new skill  Interested in learning how to golf? The Harmony Golf Preserve is the perfect place to learn how to golf on your staycation if you've never tried it before! Built on a 260-acre wildlife preserve, there...

3 Florida National Parks you should add to your summer bucket list

Our master planned community began welcoming residents in 2003 with the objective of connecting people with nature. Fourteen years and a few more residents later, the cornerstone of our community is still conserving the environment around us. As one of the only green communities in Florida, we are proud to boast that 70 percent of Harmony’s 11,000-acre community will remain open, green space. Future generations will be able to enjoy Harmony’s land and learn about its rich history. Our master-planned community lifestyle lends its hand to appreciating other natural sanctuaries, like National Parks and Preserves. Since July is National Parks and Recreation month, we’ve put together a list of three Florida Parks that should be added to your summer plans! Big Cypress National Preserve Ochopee, FL Big Cypress National Preserve is located in Ochopee, Florida. Big Cypress contains a mix of tropical and temperate plant communities that host different wildlife, including the Florida panther. The freshwater of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, supports the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast. Big Cypress is also a designated International Dark Sky Park. This is one of the last protected night skies where visitors can still enjoy seeing the Milky Way and thousands of stars. You won’t want to miss the opportunity for star gazing from your camping site!   Dry Tortugas National Park  Key West, Florida Seventy miles west of Key West lies Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Only accessible by boat or seaplane, the park is home to one of the nation’s largest...

4 natural wonders just outside of Harmony, Florida

Looking for things to do near Harmony, Florida? When you're choosing the right master-planned community in Florida for you and your family, the location and nearby attractions are important things to consider. Luckily, Harmony is close to many beautiful places that you can explore! We're sharing about four natural wonders outside of Harmony that will make you fall even more in love with the Florida environment. Paddling on Shingle Creek  Ever gone kayaking or canoeing? The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek is the perfect opportunity for you to give it a try! Located in Kissimmee, this attraction was rated one of the top paddling trails in Florida. Their staff will even teach you some basic paddling skills if you've never done it before! If going out on the water isn't your thing, you can also go hiking or biking on their nature trails or have a group gathering at the picnic tables. The center also offers a variety of tours you can enjoy! Paddling on Shingle Creek could be the perfect experience near our master-planned community in Orlando. Cady Way Bike Trail Another beautiful place to check out near Harmony is Cady Way Trail — a 7.5 mile paved corridor that links Orlando to Winter Park. It also connects to the Seminole Trail and passes through various urban and suburban areas and parks.  With water fountains, rest stops, and an Emergency Response Marker System every tenth of a mile, the trail is a safe, fun opportunity for you and your family. Blueberry Picking in Melbourne  Fruit picking is a very popular and family-friendly activity! Blueberries are very nutritional whether they...

3 family-friendly day trips to take from Harmony, Florida this summer

When you’re looking for a master-planned community to call home, the location of the community should be a top consideration. Whether you're looking for the modern comforts of a big city or a community off the beaten path, Harmony, Florida truly is the best of both worlds. We are close enough to the big city of Orlando, with all the benefits of a small town, far enough away from the hustle and bustle. What’s really unique about Harmony’s location, though, is its proximity to driveable day trip locations your family will love to explore! We’ve got a list of three day trips within two hours of Harmony that are fun and family-friendly. Tampa Lowry Park Zoo One hour and forty-five minute drive from Harmony Looking to get out of the same ol’ Orlando area attractions? Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is a great educational alternative for young families (and adults, too!). Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the southeast, with over 1 million visitors annually. It has an emphasis on endangered, threatened and vulnerable species from climates similar to that of the Tampa Bay region. It's a wonderful opportunity to see native endangered animals, like manatees, up close. You can also see species from other climates like Asia, Africa and Australia. Bok Tower Gardens An hour and a half drive from Harmony Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historical Landmark located outside of Central Florida. It boasts one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. Adults will appreciate Bok Tower Garden's scenery and architecture, while children can enjoy the children's garden. Garden...

5 Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe During Hurricane Season

  Hurricane season has arrived! At Harmony, a master-planned community in Orlando, we encourage our residents to be prepared and protect themselves when the weather takes a turn for the worse. We understand how stressful and overwhelming it can be once a hurricane warning is issued for the state of Florida. Hopefully these five tips will ease some of your stress and help you feel more prepared! Are You Covered? Having the right insurance will help minimize your losses in the case of an emergency. Homeowners insurance will usually cover losses from wind, storm, and broken water pipes, and wind and hail insurance will usually cover damage due to storm winds in coastal areas. If you've taken steps to minimize storm damage on your home, many insurers will offer discounts on hurricane insurance. With mitigation improvements, you could save thousands of dollars annually. Ask a licensed, experienced insurance agent about the best coverage for your home.  Have a Hurricane Kit Ready Another important tip regarding hurricane prep for homes in Florida is to have a hurricane kit ready for when bad weather strikes, so you don't have to scramble to find everything you need at the last minute. At Harmony, we encourage every resident to include the following items in their hurricane kit as instructed by the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  One gallon of water per person per day (for at least 3 days) Supply of non-perishable food (for at least 3 days) Battery- or hand-operated radio Flashlight and extra batteries First-aid kit, including prescription medications Whistle to signal for help Moist towelettes, garbage bags,...