Central Florida

Camping near Tampa Bay: Fort Desoto

Camping near Tampa Bay: Fort Desoto

This public park is spread over 900 acres on five interconnected islands with seven miles of waterfront, including three miles of award-winning beaches .Nearly half of the 233 campsites in the campground are waterfront, allowing you to launch your kayak or canoe from your site.

Central Florida’s cattle country would be preserved in new national wildlife refuge

Central Florida’s cattle country would be preserved in new national wildlife refuge

The Northern Everglades National Wildlife Refuge would preserve vast rural lands in Central Florida — home to cattle ranches, bald eagles and wetlands that are the headwaters of the Everglades. Now’s the time to speak for or against the plan.

Video: Exploring Florida’s St. John’s River

Video: Exploring Florida’s St. John’s River

A fascinating look at Florida’s St. Johns River from the air, underwater and along it many branches, illustrating the river’s history, beauty, and the challenges the river faces from humans. A flotilla of sea, air and undersea craft explores the St. John’s from Jacksonville to its source in Indian River County.

Kayaking the Indian River Lagoon

Kayaking the Indian River Lagoon

This 22-minute video leads viewers by kayak through the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s east coast, North America’s most diverse estuary, exploring the region’s natural splendor and how people are confronting the challenges it faces.

Video: Florida’s spring waters run deep

Video: Florida’s spring waters run deep

There are an estimated 700 springs in the state of Florida, representing what may be the largest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth. The cool, clear waters offer unique beauty and host diverse wildlife communities, offering recreational opportunities for swimmers, kayakers, wildlife observers and cave divers. This video takes you on a special journey you won’t want to miss.

Ultimate road trip: Driving on the beach in Florida

Ultimate road trip: Driving on the beach in Florida

Driving your car on the hard-packed beaches of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and St. Augustine Beach is a Florida tradition. Pioneers did it with horses and buggies. Stock car racers did it with roaring engines until 1959. You can do it too.

It’s back to earth for Space Coast tourism

It’s back to earth for Space Coast tourism

Faced with economic challenges with the end of the shuttle program, Brevard County government and businesses are looking towards eco-tourism as one avenue to create jobs and boost tourism.

Ancient oaks caress the soul at Highlands Hammock

Ancient oaks caress the soul at Highlands Hammock

SEBRING — Old-growth live oaks dripping with air plants and Spanish moss dominate the landscape throughout much of the 9,000-acre Highlands Hammock State Park, one of Florida’s original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The park features lush nature trails, scenic bike riding and shady camping.