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9 Best Thanksgiving Activities and Events in Florida

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The warm weather might not make it feel like Thanksgiving, but you can be sure spending the holiday in Florida gives you plenty to be thankful for. While folks up north are as cold as the turkey they're taking out of the freezer, you can bask in warm sunshine as smells of fresh pie, casseroles, and warm bread linger in the air. These 2023 activities and events will help you have Thanksgiving in Florida correctly.


Circles Waterfront Restaurant, Apollo Beach, FL

Start your Thanksgiving with Drinksgiving, a Thanksgiving Eve celebration filled with your favorite libations. Since there's no work the next day, you won't have to feel guilty.

Jenly Favors, Miami, FL

Get crafty by making your centerpieces and other decorations at Jenly's. They specialize in providing supplies for all types of parties, and you can find special items to make your Thanksgiving spread cheerful and original.

The Good Pie Company, Davie, FL

Take one less thing off your plate and let the Good Pie Company handle the dessert. You still get the same homemade taste but without the labor and cleanup. They've got some of the best pies, including meat and poultry, smores, and even vegetarian pies for tasty side dishes. Your guests will be most thankful for this time-saver.

Pasture Prime Family Farm, Oxford, FL

If you want to give your guests a Thanksgiving experience they won't be soon to forget, pick up a non-GMO grass-fed turkey from Pasture Prime Family Farm. You can preorder your turkey and have it shipped wherever you dine. It tastes good, and it's good for you.

Winternational Thanksgiving Day Parade, Miami, FL

This free parade features dancers, professionally crafted floats, community folks, and more. Starting at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, you and the family can enjoy a little entertainment while you wait for the turkey to finish cooking. Best of all, there is never a need to bundle up (the folks at Macy's parade in New York would be jealous!).

River City Marketplace, Jacksonville, FL

River City Marketplace is your one-stop shop for some serious Black Friday shopping. This expansive outdoor shopping area has all the top stores offering the best Black Friday deals, including Target, Walmart, Lowes, Old Navy, and other favorites. If you've got good walking shoes, you'll only have to park once to explore it all.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Native American Museum, Clewiston, FL

Translated in Seminole language as a place to learn and remember, this living Seminole village and museum can give you a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived in this land before we arrived. You can see over a hundred authentic artifacts and learn more about Seminole culture and tradition.

Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, Clearwater, FL

This family-oriented race is one of the most anticipated races of the year, attracting thousands of participants. Pick four events: the 10K, two 5Ks, and a one-mile event. All race proceeds will be donated to local charities.

Second Harvest, Tallahassee, FL

Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings, and there’s no better way to show your appreciation than by donating your time to help others. Use some of your Thanksgiving holiday to volunteer with Second Harvest, a non-profit dedicating to providing meals for families and individuals in need. You’ll need to submit a volunteer application, or you can donate funds or food to help feed local folks in need.

This text was created by the author with the assistance of GPT-3, a large-scale language generation model developed by OpenAI. The author reviewed, edited, and revised the draft language to their satisfaction and is fully responsible for the content of this publication.

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