Florida’s best county parks: Loved by locals; worth discovering Not a soul in sight.
St. Augustine Pirate Museum: Fun for history lovers and kids St. Augustine Pirate Museum: Fun for history lovers and kids
Avast ye lubbers! Pirate Festivals invade Florida Avast ye lubbers! Pirate Festivals invade Florida
St. Augustine Alligator Farm: Superb bird rookery at historic attraction Photographers love the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. (Photo by Snowmanradio via Wikipedia.)

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Not a soul in sight.
Florida Roundups

Florida’s best county parks: Loved by locals; worth discovering

If you love discovering off-the-beaten path places, look to county parks. Here are six we’ve stumbled on that offer exceptional recreation and natural beauty.

St. Augustine Pirate Museum: Fun for history lovers and kids
Historic / Northeast Florida

St. Augustine Pirate Museum: Fun for history lovers and kids

With rare and authentic artifacts, this is a real museum not a tourist trap. But it injects of dose of Disney with interactive exhibits to make it fun for kids.

Paddle Florida: 2015-16 kayak trips explore Florida’s best waterways
Kayak & Canoe

Paddle Florida: 2015-16 kayak trips explore Florida’s best waterways

Paddle Florida is a non-profit that organizes a few paddling trips each year on Florida’s greatest waterways. Limited in size and carefully researched, these trips are great for solo paddlers or folks who appreciate a little support in undertaking a several day paddling and camping trip.

Avast ye lubbers! Pirate Festivals invade Florida
Florida Roundups

Avast ye lubbers! Pirate Festivals invade Florida

Florida celebrates the romance and adventure of its pirate heritage year-round. Here’s a complete schedule of pirate festivals throughout the state for the rest of 2015 and 2016.

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

Naples: Rare ghost orchid blooms at Corkscrew

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

Lake Placid grows 98 percent of the caladiums sold.
Central Florida / Festivals

Local color: Lake Placid Caladium Festival, July 24-26, 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.

Photographers love the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. (Photo by Snowmanradio via Wikipedia.)
Birding / Historic / Northeast Florida

St. Augustine Alligator Farm: Superb bird rookery at historic attraction

This original Florida roadside attraction still thrills, especially in the spring and early summer when its rookery fills with hundreds of nesting birds. The gators and crocs are well-presented with lots of information as well as entertainment.

St. Sebastian River
Bike & Hike / Camping / Central Florida / Kayak & Canoe

Roughing it: St. Sebastian River Preserve

This 22,000-acre wilderness offers 60 miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrians through five thriving wildlife habitats. Six primitive campsites allow you to get away from everything, or camp near the preserve in a little-used county campground with river access.

Six cool outings for hot Florida weekend getaways
Florida Roundups

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.

2009 Freedom Swim. Photo courtesy the Sun Herald.
Festivals / Funky / News / Southwest Florida

2015 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Cool 4th of July ‘happening’

The 2014 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim begins at 9 a.m. July 4, but while folks cross the 1.5-mile wide Peace River, this isn’t a race. It’s a “happening” and one of the few ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Florida and stay cool.

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