Who says there are no beaches in the Florida Keys? Who says there are no beaches in the Florida Keys?
Everglades kayak trail: Halfway Creek off Tamiami Trail is all about the plants Everglades kayak trail: Halfway Creek off Tamiami Trail is all about the plants
Tent camping: The essentials checklist Tent camping: The essentials checklist
Biking in Broward: Markham Park trail follows Everglades levee The bike trail at Markham Park in Sunrise.

Things To Do In Florida

Who says there are no beaches in the Florida Keys?

Who says there are no beaches in the Florida Keys?

Beaches in the Keys aren’t as common or as wonderful as many expect, but there ARE some great beaches where you can swim — and snorkel — if you know where to go. Let us take you there.

Where to experience firefly season. Wait, what’s firefly season?

Where to experience firefly season. Wait, what’s firefly season?

Blue Spring State Park, home to manatees in the winter and a favorite place for a swim in bracing spring water in the summer, will allow visitors to stay one hour after closing during firefly season in April. If that took you by surprise, you’re with me. But there is a firefly season and Blue Spring, located 35 miles north of Orlando in Orange City, is firefly central.

Everglades kayak trail: Halfway Creek off Tamiami Trail is all about the plants

Everglades kayak trail: Halfway Creek off Tamiami Trail is all about the plants

Halfway Creek is a well-marked kayak trail just off the Tamiami Trail. It’s good for short or long paddles, taking you to a wild green world thick with airplants.

Tent camping: The essentials checklist

Tent camping: The essentials checklist

Spring is the best time of year for tent camping in Florida. Campgrounds are emptying out as snowbirds flock home, and the weather is fantastic. Break out the gear and head for the woods!

2014 free days in national parks and forests, Florida state parks

2014 free days in national parks and forests, Florida state parks

Florida residents are lucky. No matter where they live in the state, a national park is only a few hours away. National Parks are a bargain, but even more so on “fee free days.” Here’s the list for 2014.

Photo courtesy Kyle Peterson via Flickr.

Kayak under a full moon in Florida

Night-time can be a peaceful or even romantic time to kayak . Many parks and outfitters offer full-moon kayak and canoe trips. There also are some other ways to enjoy the outdoors on full-moon nights, including bicycling and concerts.

The bike trail at Markham Park in Sunrise.

Biking in Broward: Markham Park trail follows Everglades levee

I’m always looking for scenic, traffic-free bike trails near my Fort Lauderdale home, and this one is good if you like a challenge.

Snowbird tactics for camping — next season

Snowbird tactics for camping — next season

Start today if you are looking for places to camp next winter — and Floridians take note: These tips will also help you wrangle a night or two for yourselves.

Lupines along the trail at Tiger Creek Preserve on the Lake Wales Ridge.

Tiger Creek Preserve helps make Lake Wales Ridge a hiker’s heaven

Hikers should discover the Nature Conservancy’s Tiger Creek Preserve, one of several sites located on Florida’s “central highlands,” a beautiful, hilly landscape with many appealing trails.

The Calusa Blueway trail passes through Lovers Key on its way to Mound Key.

Mound Key: Take Calusa Blueway to archaeological island

If you like to have a destination when you kayak, here’s a fascinating one: Mound Key Archaeological State Park, an uninhabited island accessible only by boat in lovely Estero Bay. Ceremonial center of the Calusa people, Mound Key is thickly vegetated, with osprey and spoonbills overhead and dolphins patrolling the surrounding waters.

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