Florida Keys Beach at the Dry Tortugas National Park: Campsites are steps away. Terrific snorkeling is right off this beach along the walls of the fort.

Camping at the Dry Tortugas National Park: So worth the trouble

In honor of the 100th birthday of US national parks, here’s a park that deserves to be on your must-see list. We loved camping at Dry Tortugas National Park off the Florida Keys. It takes some time, money and effort, but, wow, does it pay off.

Festivals October is prime time for seafood festivals in Florida

October is prime time for seafood festivals in Florida

Florida’s seafood festival season kicks into full gear. Here’s the October schedule.

Southeast Florida Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Hugh Taylor Birch Park in Fort Lauderdale: My favorite Florida state park

This state park holds a special place in my heart. In urban South Florida, it preserves a sliver of the natural splendor once all around. There’s a lot to do here: beach, biking, shaded picnics, Intracoastal views. When visiting, a perfect day includes a stop to nearby Bonnet House.

Kayak & Canoe Frog Creek  in Palmetto. (Photo: Frog Creek RV Resort and Campground)

Frog Creek: Tampa Bay kayak trail, one of best trails you never heard of

Frog Creek in Palmetto is a scenic kayak trail that offers two different experiences. It starts with a shady Old Florida river with Live oak trees and Spanish moss, but then leads to more open salt water and mangrove tunnels. Guest writer Ed Higgins gives the details.

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Frog Creek  in Palmetto. (Photo: Frog Creek RV Resort and Campground)

Frog Creek: Tampa Bay kayak trail, one of best trails you never heard of

Frog Creek in Palmetto is a scenic kayak trail that offers two different experiences. It starts with a shady Old Florida river with Live oak trees and Spanish moss, but then leads to more open salt water and mangrove tunnels. Guest writer Ed Higgins gives the details.

Beach at the Dry Tortugas National Park: Campsites are steps away. Terrific snorkeling is right off this beach along the walls of the fort.

Camping at the Dry Tortugas National Park: So worth the trouble

In honor of the 100th birthday of US national parks, here’s a park that deserves to be on your must-see list. We loved camping at Dry Tortugas National Park off the Florida Keys. It takes some time, money and effort, but, wow, does it pay off.

Sunflowers at Pepper Ranch in 2013. Photo by Ron Perkins.

Sunflowers in Florida: ‘Stunning’ fall scene at Oct. 1 sunflower festival

Fields of sunflower bloom in Florida each fall, and a preserve near Immokalee celebrates with a sunflower festival Saturday, Oct. 1. The blooms last two to three weeks. This sunflower only blooms in Florida and Georgia and is common: Watch for it blooming along roadsides in early fall.

Lightner Museum in St. Augustine is among the free museums you can visit Sept. 26, 2015.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Favorite Florida museums & gardens will be free

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, is the day for budget travelers and museum lovers to enjoy Florida museums for free. Some participating attractions normally charge up to $25 admission.

Marineland: Surprising story of legendary ‘oceanarium’

Marineland: Surprising story of legendary ‘oceanarium’

Marineland was the original oceanarium and the first to discover you could train dolphins to perform. Read its fascinating history, an excerpt from the new book, “A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions: From Mermaids to Singing Towers,” by Doug Alderson.

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Pensacola kicks off 2016-2017 seafood festival season in Florida

Pensacola is one of the premier fishing ports on the Gulf of Mexico, and they celebrate with the fresh, local catch each year at the end of September.

2016-17 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

2016-17 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

Our annual seafood festival calendar is one of our most popular features — and now we’ve added even more worthy festivals.

The Legend of Black Caesar still haunts the Florida Keys

The Legend of Black Caesar still haunts the Florida Keys

Black Caesar is an elusive character, a pirate of some renown who roamed the Florida Keys, or so goes the legend. We explore his lair, and so can you!

An artificial reef along the snorkel trail at Phil Foster Park in Palm Beach County. Photo by Michael Scott Photography.

Snorkeling trail at Phil Foster Park is full of easy-to-see sea life

The snorkeling trail at the park on the Blue Heron Bridge in Palm Beach County offers a volume and variety of sea life rarely seen close to shore.

Paradise Found: Things to do in the Lower Keys

Paradise Found: Things to do in the Lower Keys

Lower Keys are low-key destination for kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, camping — and the tiki bars aren’t bad, either!

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.

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.

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