St. Pete’s Central Ave. serves up brewpubs with character Taproom at Green Bench Brewing in St. Petersburg.

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Florida Keys beaches for summer fun, and we like these the best

Florida Keys beaches for summer fun, and we like these the best

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.

The fort is built of coquina, like Castillo San Marco in St. Augustine.

Fort Matanzas: St. Augustine’s charming free fort reopens after storm

St. Augustine’s Fort Matanzas is a small stone fort on a pristine island. You take a short ferry ride for a ranger-led tour. The fort was closed for eight months after Hurricane Irma and recently reopened.

Florida Harvest Festivals: 2018-2019 Calendar

Florida Harvest Festivals: 2018-2019 Calendar

There are few things more authentic than Florida’s status as the nation’s winter vegetable garden. Celebrate our state’s many harvest seasons with this comprehensive harvest festival calendar.

Key Largo Kampground and Marina. (MM 101.5)

Take a summer break with lower RV rates in the playful Florida Keys

A complete list of RV campgrounds in the Florida Keys with amenities, reservations links and rates for 2018.

Florida Craft Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Calendar

Florida Craft Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Calendar

A guide to Oktoberfests and craft beer festivals throughout Florida.

W.P. Franklin Lock on the Okeechobee Waterway

Camping with the Corps: Clean, orderly, nicely landscaped

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages more recreation areas than any other federal agency. Six are in Florida — and they are fabulous.

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

Naples: Rare ghost orchid ready to bloom at Corkscrew for 2018 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.

Snorkeling over a spring at Ginnie Springs. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Kayaking Santa Fe River: Springs & scenery make it a treasure

The Santa Fe River near Gainesville is a treasure for its many clear bubbling springs and its unspoiled beauty. It’s one of Florida’s most beautiful places to kayak, canoe, snorkel and swim. It’s way north, but worth making part of a trip.