Central Florida

Gamble Mansion in Ellenton, Florida

Gamble Mansion: Civil War history near Sarasota

The Gamble Mansion has white columns to rival Tara and was the site of a dramatic Civil War event. It’s the only antebellum mansion left in South Florida.

Spruce Creek watercolor by Stewart Jones

Spruce Creek paddle: A diamond in the rough

Development is creeping up on Spruce Creek and Strickland Bay, but enough has been preserved — for now — to enjoy an awesome day of kayaking. (Watercolor by Stewart Jones)

Primitive camp

Great Escape: Primitive camping in Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest has hundreds of trails where you can backpack into 600 square miles of wilderness and pound your tent stake into the ground.

Paddling away from campsite

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.