Articles written by: Bob Rountree and Bonnie Gross

Veteran journalists, Bonnie and Bob founded FloridaRambler.com to explore the natural, authentic Florida, writing about hiking, biking, paddling, RV and tent camping, wildlife, unique lodging, dining and historic places.

Kayaking past the fishing pier in the lagoon area of  Oleta River State Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Oleta River State Park feels like island getaway in Miami urban sprawl

This Miami state park, 10 minutes from sprawling Aventura Mall, is a remarkable island of green where you can kayak, mountain bike, picnic and enjoy a sandy beach. There are even rustic cabins to rent.

2018 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

2018 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

Nothing says Florida like a seafood festival. They are fun, authentic, and the seafood is fresh, often from local waters. Our calendar is our most popular feature. (Updated)

Everglades Seafood Festival

Everglades City Seafood Festival: Feb. 9-11, 2018

Seafood lovers mark their calendars for the annual Everglades Seafood Festival, scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 9-11, 2018, in Everglades City, gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands. This free event packs ’em in for fresh seafood, country music, carnival rides, crafts booths — with an estimated 50,000 people expected to attend this year’s event in a remote corner of Florida.

Cruisin' the Overseas Highway.

Florida Keys Mile Marker Guide to the scenic Overseas Highway

Comprehensive guide to the scenic Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys, mile by mile, featuring restaurants, lodging and campgrounds, parks, boat ramps, launch points and attractions. Don’t leave home without it!

The deck at DJ's Deck, Port Orange.

Florida’s best seafood restaurants: No frills fish shacks

Fresh Florida seafood is best enjoyed in the open air wearing a T-shirt and flips flops at a Florida fish shack. Here are 10 of our favorites spots.

One of the original campgrounds, Old Prairie, at Myakka River State Park.

Best Camping Near Tampa Bay: 9 choice campgrounds

We’ve selected nine public campgrounds near Tampa Bay for their scenic beauty, low prices and prime opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing. We think you’ll like these choices.

5 ways to explore Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands

5 ways to explore Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands

Vast and remote, the Ten Thousand Islands off Florida’s southwest coast seems challenging to visit, a labyrinth of twisting channels through thousands of remote mangrove islands.

Florida Folk Festival: May 25 – 27, 2018

Florida Folk Festival: May 25 – 27, 2018

The Florida Folk Festival marks its 64th year at Stephen Foster State Park over Memorial Day Weekend. The annual event celebrates Florida’s land, people and diverse cultural heritage.