Springs The water in the Juniper Spring run is so clear it looks like you're floating on air. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service.)

Juniper Springs in Ocala Forest: Fab kayaking at pristine spring run

Juniper just might be the most pristine spring-fed river in Florida. It’s also stunningly beautiful and easy to kayak. On a hot day, the 72-degree water and shaded run help keep you comfortable.

Florida Keys The beach is rocky but beautiful with good snorkeling. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Beach of the Week: Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West hidden gem

What took me so long? Like a lot of visitors, I had overlooked Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on my visits to Key West because it is tucked away out of site. But the historic fort and great beach are worth discovering.

Camping Pitch your tent in the sand.

Best beach camping in Florida’s Panhandle

Falling asleep to the soothing rhythm of waves lapping on your own beach is every camper’s dream, so we pick the best beach campgrounds on Florida’s Panhandle.

Festivals Florida State Fair (Photo: Kevin Dooley via Flickr)

2016-2017 Florida festival calendar: Getaways to authentic events

Florida loves a good festival. Here are 50 hand-picked festivals around the state that range from funky local bashes to huge nationally known cultural events.

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The beach at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral is hard-packed and offers great recreational opportunities. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Jetty Park: Beachfront cabins & camping in Cape Canaveral

Jetty Park, with a terrific beach, fishing jetty and a view of passing ships, has a campground and small cabins. It’s an appealing getaway, with a few catches.

The water in the Juniper Spring run is so clear it looks like you're floating on air. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service.)

Juniper Springs in Ocala Forest: Fab kayaking at pristine spring run

Juniper just might be the most pristine spring-fed river in Florida. It’s also stunningly beautiful and easy to kayak. On a hot day, the 72-degree water and shaded run help keep you comfortable.

Silver Springs State Park: Famous spring is worth a visit—or revisit

Silver Springs State Park: Famous spring is worth a visit—or revisit

It’s easy to feel transported to another time and place when visiting Silver Springs State Park in Ocala.

Florida State Fair (Photo: Kevin Dooley via Flickr)

2016-2017 Florida festival calendar: Getaways to authentic events

Florida loves a good festival. Here are 50 hand-picked festivals around the state that range from funky local bashes to huge nationally known cultural events.

As the sun sets over Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, kayaks are lined up ready to launch for a bioluminescent kayak trip. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

A Florida summer thrill: Night-time kayaking in a bioluminescent glow

On dark summer nights in the Mosquito Lagoon near Titusville, the water glows from bioluminescent plankton. Kayak tours help visitors see the spectacular light show.

Ghost Orchid by Mick Fournier, Pompano Beach. (Note: This photo is a ghost orchid, but not the one at Corkscrew.)

Naples: Rare ghost orchid blooms at Corkscrew for 2016 season

Corkscrew Sanctuary could be hosting lots of orchid fans again this summer, as its rare ghost orchid has formed buds. The ghost orchid was made famous by the 2002 film “Adaptation” starring Meryl Streep and the best-selling “Orchid Thief,” by Susan Orlean.

7 things to do near Daytona Beach

7 things to do near Daytona Beach

Think out of the box. There is so much more to do near Daytona than go to the races, and we thought we’d share a few suggestions.

Lake Placid grows 98 percent of the caladiums sold.

Local color: Lake Placid Caladium Festival, July 29-31, is about a vivid plant

This small town festival celebrates a uniquely Lake Placid product: caladiums, a colorful plant grown commercially almost nowhere else. There’ll be music, food, a car show, arts and crafts plus bus tours of the caladium fields.

The Florida Keys  Brewing Company in Islamorada

New things to do on Islamorada, a great stop in Florida Keys

There are excellent reasons to stop in Islamorada on your Florida Keys trip, including a cluster of cultural attractions. A new top-notch museum in Islamorada has a Clyde Butcher photo exhibit this summer.

Six cool outings for hot Florida weekend getaways

Six cool outings for hot Florida weekend getaways

It’s hot, but that doesn’t mean you have to seal yourself in air conditioning for the summer. You can enjoy the natural and authentic Florida — and stay cool in the process.

The Overseas Highway

Road Trip: Florida Keys mile-marker guide

Spectacular views and things to do, places to go and places to hide, hidden harbors and funky tiki bars. The scenic Overseas Highway is the ultimate road trip. Let this be your guide.

Hillsboro Lighthouse seen from the inlet

Visit Hillsboro Lighthouse for boat ride, Florida history & great view

A trip to Hillsboro lighthouse, a historic and romantic landmark in Broward County, is a fun day trip because you arrive by ferry boat.

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