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.

Turkey Creek in Palm Bay at Turkey Creek Sanctuary

Lovely Turkey Creek in Palm Bay combines kayaking & hiking

A scenic kayak outing on Turkey Creek takes you to Palm Bay’s Turkey Creek Sanctuary, where you can explore 3.5 miles of trails. Along the way, see dolphins, manatees and other wildlife.

Historic Old School Square in Delray Beach

Delray Beach: Lots of things to do for a great weekend getaway

Delray Beach makes a great weekend getaway: It’s a charming, walkable urban area with outstanding gardens, historic buildings, a great downtown main street and an open, natural beach.

Free in Key West: Things to do without breaking your budget

Free in Key West: Things to do without breaking your budget

No doubt about it: Key West is expensive. But despite its small size, Key West is packed with things to do and see — and some are even free. Here are a half dozen places to go where you’ll soak up Key West culture without opening your wallet.

Graceful white pelicans over Merritt Island. Photo courtesy John Young

Where to see white pelicans, spectacular birds wintering in Florida

White pelicans migrate to Florida in winter by the thousands. They are the sort of big, dramatic birds that even folks who don’t consider themselves birders will enjoy spotting.

The Little Mermaid

Sierra Club trips offer kayak itineraries to inspire your Florida vacation plans

If you’re dreaming of a Florida kayaking vacation, consider making plans inspired by trips offered by the Sierra Club.

Hillsboro Lighthouse seen from the inlet

Climb a lighthouse on April 20 for Florida Lighthouse Day 2013

Florida lighthouses are so spectacular, you don’t need an excuse to visit one. But sometimes we take our favorite spots for granted. So here’s a good reason to give some love to a lighthouse: April 20 is Florida Lighthouse Day and folks who care about lighthouses are planning special opportunities for visitors.

Our picnic site amid cypress trees and knees on the Ocklawaha River.

Ocklawaha River: Kayak or canoe a river that was saved

Environmentalists have won a few battles in Florida and paddling the Ocklawaha is a good reminder. This is a wild, untouched river that was once destined to be lost forever. Today, it is a beautiful spot to explore.

The prototype Flamingo eco-tent

Everglades National Park tests cross between tent/cabin at Flamingo

Everglades National Park is testing a new structure called an eco-tent. It’s a prototype of lodging that could be coming to Flamingo. Right now, you can rent the eco-tent and be part of the experiment.