Articles written by: Bonnie Gross

Bonnie is co-founder of Florida Rambler.

She spent four decades searching for places to enjoy the natural beauty and fascinating history of Florida. After a long career at the Sun Sentinel, including as executive producer of its website, she started sharing her experiences here in 2010. She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband and travel partner David Blasco.

Cinnamon rolls at Knaus Berry Farm in Homestead: 80 cents each and irresistible.

Knaus Berry Farm: Beloved sweet spot in Homestead re-opens Oct. 31, 2017

The true sign of fall in South Florida: Lines start forming at Knaus Berry Farms. This 50-year-old institution south of Miami has generations of devoted fans. It’s a good stop for an Everglades trip or a day exploring the Redland.

Ormond Scenic Lopp

Backroads & scenic drives in Florida: Finding unspoiled beauty beyond the beaches

No mountains. Few curves. But Florida has plenty of scenery and a handful of roads that take you through unspoiled natural beauty and picturesque historic sites.

Withlacoochee State Trail: Smooth and scenic

Withlacoochee Trail: This might be Florida’s best bike trail

This 46-mile paved Central Florida rail trail is a smooth, safe ride. But what makes it special is the scenery, parks & towns to explore along the way.

The historic Donnelly House in Mount Dora.

Mount Dora: Eight big weekend festivals plus year-round charm

Mount Dora is a historic town that has figured out how to keep people returning year after year — with events like this: The Mount Dora Craft Fair, a top ranked festival featuring arts and crafts from sculptures to ceramics to paintings to woodworking. It’s Oct. 28 and 29.

Stone crabs from Triad Seafood, Everglades City

Stone crabs in Everglades City: Historic fishing town is recovering from hurricane

Stone crab season starts Oct. 15 and it has never been more critical for Everglades City, a small, isolated fishing village, where stone crabs are an important part of the economy. Everglades City was flooded with an 8-to-10-foot storm surge during Hurricane Irma and more than 100 homes in the town with a population just over 400 were destroyed.

A statue in front of the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Highland Hammocks State Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

The CCC in Florida State Parks: History you can touch from a simpler time

As you travel Florida and explore its award-winning state parks, take special note of buildings, trails and amenities we enjoy because of work by the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps. You can learn more at Highland Hammocks State Park, which has a museum about the CCC in Florida.

Every year in early November, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum hosts the American Indian Arts Celebration (AIAC) on the museum grounds in the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation.

Seminoles’ American Indian Arts Celebration: Nov. 3 – 4, 2017

The festival offers tradition — fry bread and alligator wrestling — but also celebrates the diversity of native cultures. Entertainers include the high energy Native Pride Dancers from Minnesota.

This is Old Florida: The Herlong Mansion was built in Micanopy, Florida, in 1845. Today it is a B&B.

Micanopy and the Herlong Mansion: Slow down for Old Florida

Micanopy is right off I-75 near Gainesville, but it feels far away — like a small town in a Florida long gone. Its jewel is the 1845 Herlong Mansion B&B.

Entrance to Kennedy bunker on Peanut Island

Secret Kennedy Bunker on Peanut Island: Hidden treasure closed

The Kennedy Bunker, a Cold War fallout shelter build for JFK in 1961, will close after its Oct. 22 tours. The non-profit that has managed the facility has lost its lease with Palm Beach County after several years of conflict. The county has not determined the future of the facility. The last tours are Oct. 14, 15, 21 and 22.

Monarch butterfly by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson

Celebrate the Monarch butterfly migration in Florida’s Big Bend

On their 2,000-mile fall migration, thousands of monarchs stop in Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle in October and November. A top viewing site is St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, a half hour south of Tallahassee. There is a monarch festival at the refuge Saturday, Oct. 28