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.

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: Jan 19-21 Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza and the Feb. 3-4 Annual Arts Festival

Photo courtesy Kyle Peterson via Flickr.

Kayak under a full moon in 2018

Take advantage of a full moon to go on a night-time adventure in Florida. Many kayak outfitters around the state organize full-moon paddle outings.

Free trolley in downtown Homestead.

Take trolley for free entrance to Everglades National Park on winter weekends

The free trolley from Homestead to Everglades National Park & Biscayne National Park runs every winter weekend. Riders enter free, saving the $25 admission.

Right whale off Flagler Beach. (Photo courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under research permit issued by NOAA Fisheries.)

Whale watching in Florida: Winter thrill on northeast coast

Endangered right whales are viewed close to shore from Daytona Beach to St. Augustine every winter. Sightings aren’t predictable, but here’s how to get a chance to see Florida’s largest endangered species.

Trail along Tiger Creek Preserve

Exploring the Lake Wales Ridge: Central ‘highlands’ with old-fashioned flavor

Central Florida’s Lake Wales Ridge is made for exploration. It offers rolling hills, forests, streams, quaint small towns with lots of places for hiking, kayaking and camping.

January 2018 manatee festivals: Orange City and Crystal River

January 2018 manatee festivals: Orange City and Crystal River

Two large manatee festivals celebrate Florida’s beloved manatee every January – one in Orange City and one in Crystal River. These two locations are probably the best places in the state to see manatees well and in great numbers. First up: Jan. 13 and 14 in Crystal River.

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola

Pensacola in the winter: Florida at its best

Pensacola is a great destination for outdoor recreation during winter months — especially kayakers. It’s home to Gulf Islands National Seashore, a vast national park full of forts and history.

You could spend an hour just browsing all the stuff at the Grumbles Antique and Garden Shop in Dunnellon. (Photo: David Blasco)

More than the Rainbow River; Dunnellon is a good base for exploring

Dunnellon is known for its spectacular Rainbow Springs and River, especially during tubing season. But there are more reasons to visit in cool weather, including another exquisite river– the Withlacoochee — several good restaurants, and trails for both hiking and biking.